Great Day For A Bike Ride

I own an old vintage bike. It happened one morning when my late father in law was having a yard sale and I saw the little charm sitting in his yard. I simply said, “I want that bike!” Without a flinch, he replied “It’s yours now, take it”. With a big smile on my face, I jumped on and rode off into the sunrise. 

It has been in storage along with two other vintage bikes my husband refinished for him and my daughter. While he made two old rusted beach cruisers look brand new again, I decided that I did not want anything done to mine. I liked the original blue color and the patina look. However, I did add a new set of white wall tires and a basket. I also added some of my talent and crocheted a cute little granny square seat cover to hide the dingy white seat. 
I fell in love with it all over again. 

It has been almost ten years since I rode my bike. Nick just never felt like digging it out from the storage building and I never had a desire to ride it after my daughter moved out on her own. 
BUT, the other day I noticed my neighbor friend had an old vintage cruiser bike too and was riding it up and down the road. This made me want to dust the cob webs off of mine. Nick agreed to get my bike out and made sure the brakes were still good and oiled the chain. Then he put a little air in the tires and I rode up the road to meet her.

We had a good time riding around the neighborhood while we caught up on all our stories. We rode for about an hour talking and giggling. For a little while we were back to being seven year olds again without a worry in the world. We enjoyed it so much that we have made plans to meet once a week for a ride together. 

I had forgotten how fun riding a bike can be and also just how sore you can make your muscles afterwards. It has been a great workout for me as I try to ride a couple times a week now. There is nothing like putting music in your ears and letting the breeze blow your hair. 


  1. Lisa, I loved your story. Your bike is just fine as is. How sweet of your hubby to get in in riding condition for you. Be safe little girl. :):) Blessings, xoxo, Susie

  2. I used to love going for bike rides. Just too many hills to go up around here!!!

  3. I love your vintage bike Lisa. How awesome to go bike riding with your neighbor! Enjoy!

  4. How fun! I love the crochet seat cover too, very pretty! You make me want another bike I used to love riding too! Have fun you and the neighbor, I know you will!

  5. What a neat, SWEET entry. Love the bike BUT especially the seat cover, ingenious. Mary Ann said you could do anything with yarn, I am beginning to believe it.
    Love from Florida, but back in NC tonight. BTW we did find THE PLACE at the last minute and signed a contract. ;-)
    Sherry & jack

  6. Your bike is so cute! I'm glad you were able to go for nice ride.

  7. Hi Lisa
    I love your cruiser! My hubby and I used to bike all the time when I wasnt sick. I loved reading about how you acquired your bike from your father in law, love the crochet! We need to do things that bring us joy certainly now!
    enjoy your day!
    jess xx

  8. I have a vintage bike and when when people visit, they want their photo taken with the old bike.

  9. I love that you went for a bike ride, and I love your crocheted seat cover!