Tornlake's reading:

Tornlake's Quoting:

  • Counting Crows
    from A Murder of One

    There's a bird that nests inside you, sleeping underneath your skin. When you open up your wings to speak I wish you'd let me in.

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Stacey Bowman

No I'm not embarassed. My bike is the COOLEST! It helps that 50 per cent of cyclists in Toronto have embraced light-weight cruisers over flashy mountain bikes in the last five to ten years. I certainly don't stick out.

I got it off Craigslist from a guy that collects vintage bikes and bike parts and rebuilds them as a hobby. His job is restoring vintage cars. He operates out of a fairly sketchy shack off Kipling near the Lakeshore, but he's not sketchy at all, just very, very talkative. He gave me a half-hour run-down on each and every component of my bike (all original apparently), and a bit of his life story.

Megan

I personally love the look of vintage bikes, but I think what the decision comes down to is how it feels for the rider. Does it feel good to ride it? Does it fit you, or are you stretching/crunching/whatever just to ride it? If it feels good and you love riding it, that's what's important. Not if the bike can conquer Everest.
PS: Where did you get the bike? I've been thinking of getting one for riding to and from work when the weather agrees.

Ann

Whether it is vintage or brand spanking new, I'll take a three speed or 10 speed road-ready bike over a mountain bike for our paved streets any day. Mine is a 1975 Motobacane with upright handle bars but built for speed (I'm the original owner), and I've always left those balloon-tired overweight all terrains in my dust because of my 90 psi inflated slim over-sized low-friction wheels. I also have yet to replace or even have to fix my gear system. And I have used this bike for shopping, sightseeing and just for fun all throughout Oakville for almost 25 years now and in Montreal and North York for many years before that. I've carried two children in a rear mounted carrier for almost four of those years, and for most of the time after they outgrew the kid seat and rode along beside me on their own bicycles, I was an embarrassment to my fashion conscious daughters - because my bike was "vintage" like me, I guess. Alas, in these environmentally conscious and economic strapped times biking anyway one can or anyway one prefers to is the way to go! Way to go Stacey. Not embarrassed anymore eh?

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