Archive for December, 2011

Kona Bikes? What!?

TLH loves Kona. Looooovvveeesss Kona. He wants a whole stable of Kona’s. The Mother and I went to the AF base tonight for some last minute Christmas Shopping. Because of her unusually gigantic vehicle we had to park in BFE and subsequently went into the BX through a different entrance. Enter, Outdoor Rec. At previous posts Outdoor Rec has been merely a place to rent camping equipment and snowboards. This Outdoor Rec (on steroids) is a mini REI!!! Yes, I said it. I was in heaven. Smartwool socks, Burton snowboards and a climbing wall, oh my! And what was lurking in the back? Kona’s, lots of ’em. They are an authorized dealer and can have anything ordered from the catalog. I think we may be in a bit of trouble.

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Chromed-out fixie Kona Band Wagon, super DB-licious but I loved it anyway.

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Electric-assist Kona Ticket

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Kona, Kona and Kona

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The Kona Lisa, gorgeous.

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Kona one20, FS MTB

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Kona Shred, for me?

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Kona Africa Bike, the Mother wants this one

They also had dynamo light kits and local German bicycle-route maps. I’ll be back, don’t you worry.

And it’s aaaallllllll tax free, beautiful.

My beautiful children

Sometimes they drive me bonkers but today I am reminded of how great my kids are and how well behaved we have raised them to be :). Just a short note to say how much I love my little silly kids.

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The Xtracycle Build

I call it the “Trek-stracycle”. I started with a Trek Navigator 2.0 and added the Xtracycle FreeRadical frame to it. We purchased v-racks with freeloaders and a Peapod seat for the deck at the same time. I love it all! See pic below of me plus kiddos.

Wine run with the kiddos on my new station wagon

almost done!

“We” built it up in our 3rd floor walk up. I use the term “We” lightly since it was my job to continue to provide wine and encouragement while TLH (tall, light and handsome) did the actual building. Isn’t he cute?

My bike mechanic

There was only minimal “ghetto-rigging”. We had to break off a bracket that holds the rear fender in place in order to attach the freeloader frame. No biggie since I won’t be needing a rear fender anymore anyway. These super cool stickers came with the kit and I already put one on the back of my boring black nutcase helmet.

Cool Stickers that came with my Xtracycle kit

I’ve already been on quite a few rides and I can’t wait for the weather to improve a little so we can all head out on some longer rides into downtown to go shopping. I amaze people regularly with what I can carry on my bike. I love that cargo bikes are becoming more mainstream across the US (I know I’m in Germany) and I hope that trend continues. This truly is a car replacement. Now I need to figure out a pattern for a deck cushion and rig up a way to make the whole back end covered for the kids so we can do more riding in inclement weather.

First Ride to Eppelheim

I rode 14k round trip today with a friend to go to Kaufland in Eppelheim. There are bike trails the whole way which is awesome for riding with kids. I’d really rather not have to worry about getting creamed by a car whilst I ride. I’m not sure what the heck my cycle computer was tracking as far as speed goes (47.47km/h!?!?) but it got the map, distance and time correct. I was only tracking on the way back, I forgot on the way there. We rode past the Army Airfield, straight into a headwind. Not fun but it was only temporary. On the way back I got to carry my friend’s bag of goodies and that always makes me proud. (Should have gotten a picture of that, FAIL.)

Ridelog 12/5/11

Map of the Ride

My Bikey Christmas List

Bags from Po Campo. I have 3 already and love them all.

My Po Campo Collection

I use the Six Corners Wristlet the most as a small purse since it fits down inside my diaper bag.

 

Revolights  Seriously, these things are really cool. I cannot wait for these to come out.  I’m really sad I missed my chance to preorder on Kickstarter.com

 

Bicycle Smoker from Käthe Wolfahrt, except I want mine to say “Heidelberg” since that is where we live.

Bicycle Smoker

 

Rain cape recently featured on Lovely Bicycle’s blog. It’s  wet here currently and reminds me of the Pacific Northwest.

Ivy Jean Rain Cape

 

2012 Bicycle Pin-up calendar by Thought You Knew
Actually, I already have one but I like it very much and think everyone who drools over bikes like I do should have one. Check it out, the money goes to a great cause.

 

A Paper Bicycle🙂

Paper Bicycle

I know, fat chance for me. (Please, Santa, Please!) It’s gorgeous, really a beautiful design. The tubes! The Seat Post! It’s so… I don’t know but I love it! Sadly, I don’t see myself ever purchasing one since I already have a “commuter” that handles cargo, but the Paper Bicycle is drool worthy. It has a very modern frame design but the chain guard and panel give it a nice vintage quality. Maybe she will be mine one day when I no longer have joyriding children on my bike 🙂

I’ve got a few more practical things on my list too such as these great finds on Etsy

Bicycle Bell from Peppina Morgenschön Shop

Delft Blue Porcelain bicycle bell

A Personalized Bicycle Glass Ball ornament from Glitter Ornaments

Personalized Bicycle Glass Ball Ornament

Bicycle Bookends from Knob Creek Metal Arts.  These will assist me with my home design scheme of having a bicycle in every room.

Bicycle Bookends

My Beekeeper’s Quilt

I’m never going to finish this thing… but that didn’t stop me from starting one anyway! I am making The Beekeeper’s Quilt, a pattern by Tiny Owl Knits that I purchased through Ravelry. (Wow, that was alot of links)

Hexipuff, the First

I made my first hexipuff from a skein of Blue Moon Fiber Arts Luscious Silk. I bought this yarn at Tricoter in Seattle during a trip to visit my best friend in one of my favorite places. I plan to make my quilt from mostly remnants because I want it to have sentimental value. When I’m all finished and gazing upon it’s yarny glory I want to be reminded of everything I’ve made. For this reason I may not be completely sticking to sock yarn since I don’t currently knit socks, ever. But this thing is beautiful, see below.

**I did not make the quilt show or take the picture. It is borrowed from Tiny Owl Knits whom I have linked above**

We will see how it goes. I did order a half pound bag of lavender to stuff my little hexipuffies with from a lovely seller on Etsy, Stress Tamer Spa. He/She had it to me in record time, considering the APO time lag as well! I can’t wait to start stuffing them all because the lavender smells so unbelievably good. I’ve been keeping my current favorite lap blanket folded in the top of my dedicated Beekeeper’s Quilt basket so that it smells like lavender every time I use it.

I’m off to knit more little puffies. Wish me luck!