My Little Runaway Bicycle

12 Feb

It’s another sunny clear day here in San Jose, and I’m stuck at work in a windowless office trying to work on something I don’t particularly feel like doing. I wish I could hop on my bike and ride away to a carefree, beautiful place with the breeze on my face and the sun on my back. Somewhere where I can be free like a kid again.

I want to run away to the beach town of Santa Cruz like my mixte did last weekend, sadly without me.


My friend Richard borrowed my bike for the Bike Snob NYC video shoot, and kept her for the weekend at his home in Scott’s Valley, just up the hill from Santa Cruz. When we met for the handoff I said, “If you ride her anywhere interesting, please take a photo for my Where’s My Bike Today? series.”

Little did I know that he would take dozens of amazing photos of my Susie Q PUBLIC all over town, including a few favorites below. Quite an adventure for a sweet little bike, one that I know I could do with a short ride to the Diridon station and a bus ride over the hill. If only I didn’t have to do this adult thing called work.

If you could run away for the day–today–where would you go?

All photos in this post were taken by Richard Masoner of Cyclelicious and are used with his permission.


Posted by on February 12, 2013 in Around Town, Travel


8 responses to “My Little Runaway Bicycle

  1. Richard Masoner (@cyclelicious)

    February 12, 2013 at 2:09 pm

    Your bike had an awesome time at the beach. You should take her out more often.

    Bonus points for anybody who can guess which photo I ‘shopped to remove the Coca Cola cup.

    • ladyfleur

      February 12, 2013 at 2:25 pm

      The Coca Cola cup was wedged under the kickstand, right? I think I know, but I’ll hold off to give someone else a chance.

  2. Rachel Unger

    February 12, 2013 at 4:02 pm

    She’s so photogenic! 🙂 The last few days have been glorious. I wanted to be out along Canada Road, m’self.

    • ladyfleur

      February 12, 2013 at 4:16 pm

      She is photogenic, but Richard definitely brought out the best in her. He’s a great photographer. You’ll find his bike photos in lots of publications and articles.

      By the way, I ran into a guy named Nathan on Caltrain last night who said a woman who reads my blog recognized him from this photo: Was that you?

      • Rachel Unger

        February 12, 2013 at 4:20 pm

        Nope, not me – though I keep wondering if I’ll run into you one day and be that person. “Hey! I know you from the internet!”

      • ladyfleur

        February 12, 2013 at 4:23 pm

        That’s only happened once. We were riding home after a Bike Date Friday and a woman on a recumbent trailed us for a bit, then pulled alongside and asked: “would this be a bike date perhaps?” Made our night.

  3. TinLizzie72

    February 12, 2013 at 6:43 pm

    I’m kinda jealous of your bike! It’s been a while since I’ve been anywhere near Southern CA, and now I’m longing to feel wet beach sand. And maybe rent a fatty cruiser for some nice slow, flat beach biking. : )

    • ladyfleur

      February 12, 2013 at 8:56 pm

      Santa Cruz is a definitely Southern California-style beach town, but the natives would probably bristle if you said so. It’s the kind of place where people have high end road or mountain bikes AND a fat tired cruiser with a surfboard rack. Fun place.


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