With Summer and Fall officially over, Mr. Tux and I are already suffering from cycling withdraws. The temperatures lately have been in the high twenties, low thirties and we haven’t been venturing out much. Also with the days getting shorter and shorter, weekends are our only chance for any winter cycling. Sadly, even weekends have been so busy lately that we haven’t been able to ride outside.
However, what that does mean is Mr. Tux is getting some wonderful time to work on bicycle maintenance. He has been replacing worn out brake-lights, upgrading all of the bikes to the same headlight mounts, changing out worn-out pedals, and installing racks, fenders, and other miscellaneous gear on his steel bike, Optimus. If you recall, Optimus Prime and Saoirse have dates next spring to venture out to the Farmer’s Market. We will have full racks and panniers on both of the bikes by then. The plan is to be able to haul home our fresh produce and other goodies we find at both the Farmer’s Market and the local Co-Op. To achieve this goal, Mr. Tux has been working steadily on upgrading and installing the necessary items on Optimus and Saoirse.
Optimus is pretty much finished except for still missing a set of front panniers. On the other hand, Saoirse is far behind and going to stay that way until probably March. When we bought her, Saoirse came with a back rack and I have been using it all summer with my set of panniers. However, the fenders and front rack cannot be installed on Saoirse right now. Why? you ask…Well that is because I am currently using Saoirse as my indoor bike on the trainer, and she will not fit on the trainer with front rack or fenders. So I wait. I will have Mr. Tux install the missing rack and fenders sometime in late March/early April when the weather hopefully starts changing and we start being able to ride outside again. Until then Saoirse sits on the trainer looking rather forlorn and Optimus graces our living-room on proud display.
The white really pops on Optimus and stands out against the forest green of the frame. It has been a real adjustment having a bike with full racks and fenders. The bikes don’t have the clean, sleek lines of the carbon road bikes we are so used to. Instead, the steels look more and more utilitarian every day. Afterall, that is what we got them for…to be our utilitarian beasts of burdens for pulling Tuxley and hauling groceries home from the Farmer’s Market.
I am so looking forward to Spring and the return of cycling weather. Until then, I am sentenced to the trainer downstairs and dreaming of the time 4ish months from now when we can start braving the outside climate again and getting our cycling legs on.