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Tuesday, 26 April 2016

Velocipede

Part V of the April A-Z Blogging Challenge, where every day this month except Sundays, I'll be talking about things I love - one thing for each letter of the alphabet.

I had to get very creative with this one - velocipede was one of the first names given to what we now know as the humble bicycle.


I don't go bike riding often, but I really enjoy grabbing my cheap off-road bike and riding to the beach and back with my friend Mitchell. We've done it three times now and when Summer returns I'd like to do it more often.

The first time, Mitchell didn't have his bike. Rather, he took the opportunity to break out his roller blades once again:

















The second time, Mitchell's girlfriend (now fiance) Jasmine joined us.










And the third time, we ran into a couple of problems. First, Mitchell's tire pump wouldn't work and we had to go down to the university where there was a bike station there. Then, on the way, I was happily rolling along when I suddenly heard a strong hissing sound. My front tire was completely deflated in seconds and we had to walk for 20 minutes to the nearest bike shop to get the tube replaced. On the bright side though, we did manage to come across this playground with a cool hamster wheel.








8 comments:

  1. Those are great pictures.

    I probably would have chosen Velociraptor.

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    1. They are pretty cool, but I like bikes better ;)

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  2. I've never seen a playground in Canada with a hamster wheel. Gawd, there'd be kids pukin' everywhere after spinning around in that thing!

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    1. Mitch and I battled to see who could stay upright the longest. I won.

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  3. Bummer about a flat tire. Nothing to do but push at that point.
    Which was harder - biking or rollerblading that distance?

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    1. Probably roller blading. Takes more effort to propel yourself.

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  4. The last time I tried to ride a bike I fell off, that was many years ago like 10 years ago somehow I think if I was to try again I would again fall off

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    1. That's what every kid feels like when they take off their training wheels :P

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