Or you could get them a gift certificate from their local bike shop.
After a miserable week of holding up in the house fighting a cold I finally got out yesterday.
Veggie pizza for Nova and veggie sandwich for me. Each of us tried new beers. Nova had ordered a Magic Hat hefeweizen but was served a Magic Hat #9 (not quite pale ale) instead. She thought it was ok. For me it was a Ballast Point, Victory at Sea (coffee, vanilla imperial stout) which both the ABV and IBUs were too much for my taste. Ballast Point’s Calm Before The Storm is a favorite of mine though.
On the ride back home we spotted this car in the river at nealry the same spot the above photo was taken earlier in the day. Upon our return home I checked local news sites to find no one was seriously injured in the accident.
Miscellaneous unrelated bicycle related photos.
Some time ago I received an e-mail with this photo and story and I don’t believe I ever posted it here. Hamilton’s was a local Schwinn shop here in Wichita…
From Mike Schroeder…
Mr. & Mrs. Carpenter hired me in 1958 when I was 15. Mr. Hamilton was still around and they were all wonderful to work for. It was a great experience. Mr. Hamilton (Hammy) didn’t just own a bike shop, he had been involved in cross country races and other biking activities in his younger years.
In the shop, they would do specialty work and build unicycles for circus acts. There was a picture of me standing beside one of their creations that had to be close to 20′ tall in a bike trade journal sometime in the late 1950’s. One of his fun projects was welding a couple frames together which put the rider about 6′ off the ground. They had used it for advertising. I still have a picture of me holding it with my mom sitting on it and you can still make out the “Hamilton’s” sign they had attached to it.
Thanks Mike for contacting me and sharing the photo and story.
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Today I rode to check out a near-by airway beacon arrow. I’ve read about these but never thought to check for the locations of them. A friend recently told me there was one near where we live. Turns out it’s a location I ride by fairly frequently and usually even stop at the bridge where it’s located. The bridge was replaced not all that long ago and prior to I suppose the arrow was hidden in the trees and weeds. This one was along the Amarillo – Kansas City route.
Yesterday we held our 2nd annual Cranksgiving ride and food drive. Small turn-out but we got a fair amount of food to donate and I believe all who participated had fun. We gave out a prize for the first to return with food from all the stops. Also held random drawings for prizes. Our threesome only made 4 of the 5 stops before running out of time. Hmmm I wonder why? lol
Bikes & parts I’ve come across the past 2 weeks.
It had been a while since I was on the tallbike. Yesterday I rode it around the big city with a stop for pizza.