We’re moving!

LWOW now has its very own domain name! www.lifewithoutwheels.com Follow the link for posts about Blogger Beach Cleanup on International Day of Climate Change this past weekend and a post on how to be single and date while being carfree.

See you all soon at www.lifewithoutwheels.com!

-danceralamode

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When I was a kid, I rode my bike to school all the time…

This kid just wants to ride his bike to school. Won’t someone let him?

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New bicycle!!!

Meet Squeaker! So named for the squeak I need to fix in the front brakes.

To quote my dad, Isnt that pretty?

To quote my dad, "Isn't that pretty?"

I purchased this slightly used Schwinn Le Tour Friday night and took it on an inaugural run to ballet class Saturday morning. Boy, is it a step up from the Huffy. She rides real fast and smooth, and the difference in the amount of work I was doing was amazing! I barely broke a sweat!

As in le Grand Canyon Tour! Get off your a** and onto a bike and come along!

As in le Grand Canyon Tour! Get off your a** and onto a bike and come along!

Lots of DIY projects coming up on Squeaker as I attempt to transform her into her bicycle super power alter-ego, Speed Racer.

And for the concerned public, I spent $175 on accessories for the bike, including two u-locks. I won’t tempt fate by saying I dare any bicycle thief to try getting my bike now, but I will vow to never not use my u-lock again.

Part of that purchase included a new rear rack (since mine was stolen with Blue Huffy). Here’s a couple of pics from my DIY project attaching the rear rack, and what Squeaker looks like now.

Without baskets on this bike, we had to figure out a creative way for me to get all the stuff I bought home in my bag. Amanda (the girl at the shop--who is also a dancer, BTW) tied my bag up like a gift with old bicycle tube. It was fitting, I thought.

Without baskets on this bike, we had to figure out a creative way for me to get all the stuff I bought home in my bag. Amanda (the girl at the shop--who is also a dancer, BTW) tied my bag up like a gift with old bicycle tube. It was fitting, I thought.

Doing bicycle work in my living room and watching Project Runway

Doing bicycle work in my living room and watching Project Runway

And Squeaker now has a rear rack and is ready to ride! Woohoo!

And Squeaker now has a rear rack and is ready to ride! Woohoo!

I’m wondering if I should change the header picture on the blog, but I’m not past grieving for Blue Huffy yet.

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Le Grand Canyon Cont…

I think it will look something like this:

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Le Grand Canyon

So I sort of have this idea that I could ride my bicycle to the Grand Canyon…You know, trek through CA into AZ and get up the big hill? Anyone ever done anything like that and what should I do to prep for that? I was thinking camping along the way, so I’ll probably need one of those, um, geez, what’s it called? Like a trailer hitch for a bike? Oh boy, I think it’s apparent how not ready for this I am. But I really want to do it. If I save up all my vacation, I can bicycle to the Grand Canyon. Who’s coming with me?

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CUTE BOYS! Oh wait, I meant: Blogger Beach Cleanup!!!

So as I’ve been surfing the net to find more like-minded individuals, I stumbled upon Siel’s blog and the Blogger Beach Cleanup event. What struck me most about the post I read was the opportunity to meet cute, environmentally conscious guys, who might not care that I’m car-free. Hello??? She said CUTE BOYS!!! I’m totally there.

So here’s the deal: we meet up on October 24th around 4pm and we clean the beach up from 4:20 to 4:40, then we go to happy hour. You can read about the whole event here.

As a car-free blogger, and a gal who likes the beach, I’ve signed up as a blogger, committed to getting my friends there to help with the clean up. So please sign up to come on out, or let me know you’re coming, or whatever, maybe we can carpool, and we’ll have a grand fun time.

I said CUTE BOYS! Do I need to say more? Seriously? Cute boys? I think almost all my Cal pals are single, and I just said cute boys. Sign your asses up for the blogger beach clean up!

K, off my soap box now.

CUTE BOYS!

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Revenge of the Bicycle Theft Victim or Vengeance on a Bicycle Thief

There are many things I wonder about my life. Like what would have happened if my family hadn’t moved back to Florida in 1994? Where would I be now if I had studied something different in college? What would have happened if I had not moved back to California in 2002? What would have happened if I had gone into work earlier on September 4, 2008 (and hence not been in a car accident that ended the life of my car)? Where would I be now if these things hadn’t happened, if I hadn’t made the decisions that I made, and been at certain places at certain times?

When my car was totaled, I took some small bit of pleasure in that now it was final. I would never have to fix the motors on the two windows that had blown out. I would never have to get another oil change again. (Although I was never that good at car maintenance; in fact, I can probably count on one hand how many oil changes my poor little Hyandai had in its 8 year life.) I would never have to worry about the radiator blowing up again. This was a good thing, right?

Of course, I took a huge portion of grief in that I had just replaced the radiator, and the car was now driving with very little complaint. I took a little more pleasure in knowing I would never have to clean it out and take all the trash out of it, since I practically LIVED in the thing. All in all, I tried to look at this setback as an opportunity.

So what I’m wondering today is if our bicycle thief is dead yet.

That sounds harsh. I know.

So, when my bike was stolen, I also said I wanted to look at this situation (me truly being without ANY wheels) as an opportunity, not a setback. So I thought about the things I wouldn’t have to do like fix the gears on my bike.

Let me back up a little bit.

When I purchased my long lost blue Huffy, I had just lost another bike to…you guessed it, bicycle theft. Anyhow, after a few weeks without a bike, I figured the easiest way to replace my bicycle (which was actually my sister-in-law’s bicycle that I had outfitted with lights and beautiful side saddle baskets) by purchasing a bike from Target online. I didn’t really know what I was looking for or even enough about bikes to attempt to buy one off of Craigslist, and trying to identify then go look at a bike (via public transit) scared the shit out of me.

So I bought this bike from Target online. And for some reason, in all my naivety, I didn’t realize that it would come in pieces. I finally finished putting the bike together—screwing on the wheels, attaching the stem and handlebars, adjusting the chain, attaching the plastic pedals, adjusting the brakes—and now I was ready to go hunting on Craigslist! Once you put together a bike, forgetaboutit!

One thing that I never quite got working in A+ or even A- fashion was the brakes. They would be just right, nice and tight and responsive, then they’d completely slip. I had talked to my local bike repairman about fixing them. He was very obliging, and said he could do it in about 20 minutes if I would remove my rear baskets then come back. (My local bike repairman is always very obliging.) I never did. At one point I thought that I would get my ass over to a Monday night at the Bicycle Kitchen and learn how to adjust the brakes myself. (And then I could go back on other nights when all the attractive and fit bicycling men are there.) I never did. Or at least haven’t yet.

So, back to our bicycle thief. I do wonder if he’s still alive. When he stole my Huffy, the brakes were pretty much gone. Because I was used to the bike, and its for-crap brakes, I knew how to manipulate it and ride in such a way as to be able to stop the bicycle effectively. My fellow cyclists are cringing right now, but…The thief didn’t know this. He couldn’t have known this. So he speeds off on my bike, at some point he has to stop, and WTF happened is what I want to know?!

I will be scouring the recent traffic/accident reports to see if there are any bicycle accidents that could have plausibly involved a brake-less bicycle. If you see or hear of anything that might involve our “hero,” please pass it along.

I’ll keep you posted.

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