Tim spent a couple of hours last weekend lovingly painting my new front basket cherry red. It looks great. Tim, you do good work– and you’re the best.
I made up an excuse to take the new basket out for a test ride when Tim got home from work last night. A quick trip to the library and a stop at the store for a few things I didn’t really need did the trick. I have to say, it rules! I pulled up to the bike rack at Whole Foods as a twenty something guy was unlocking his bike. He gushed over my bike and wanted to know all about it and where he could get one. I’m sure he thought I was a bit kooky – high on the love for my new basket, I couldn’t contain my enthusiasm for my Oma and European bikes in general.
Henry and Val were right, my dainty wicker basket just didn’t cut it. I knew it wasn’t practical, but for a few weeks I enjoyed riding a bike that was just for me to cruise around town and savored the fact that I couldn’t carry much. I have a mini van Xtracycle for hauling kids and stuff, it was nice to have my Oma for when I ride alone. However, with the dainty basket, I found myself taking the Xtracycle most of the time because it was just more practical to carry stuff.
This basket is awesome. It comfortably fit two full bags of groceries and a six pack of Leffe Blonde–yum. It handled great too!
Now if we can just do something about the wind and the rain in June, I’ll be golden.