Liza's city bike, grocery/kid hauler, daily driver.
Liza liked riding her CB-1, but didn't like that she couldn't wear dresses. In addition, she didn't like worrying about getting chain gunk on her pants. Liza has gone through a great bicyle transformation (revolution?) in the last few years. I've noted it in other bits of this site, so there's no reason to go into at great depth here. The bottom line is that she now rides daily. She rides in the rain. She rides with the kid and with a load and just rides. This bike was put together as an ultimate practical bike. It had to be a step-through frame so she could wear anything she wanted to and ride. She want to be able to put it on the bus, haul the kid, haul crud. It had to just work whenever she needed it.
We found the frame at a moving sale. It was a full bike with 12 gears. It was a mixte and had horizontal dropouts and was the right size, so we bought it. The gearing is acheived with an internal 8 speed hub. The chain gaurd (as you can see) was for a Bianchi Milano. Liza's favorite Ideale saddle, cork grips. New wheels. Ruffy Tuffy tires. Dove bars. The only thing left on this bike from when we bought it at the moving sale is the bottom bracket and the brakes. It's a fine bike and suits Liza well. In fact. She's not riding the RB-1 much at all lately. Hopefully that will change.
One thing that's not in the picture above is Maddie's seat. You can see the clamp that is attached to the stem. Here's what the seat looks like (hooked up to a different bike in the last two photos):
Liza bought the seat in Italy. It's a great setup. Now we have two different bikes with two different front seats where Maddie rides (here's the other one). Putting the child in between the rider and the handle bars is a great system... for so many reasons:
One obvious thing that won't happen with the front seat is nap time. If we're looking for a nap or if it's really cold/wet out, we'll get the Burley trailer out.
I want to list these benefits because I'm surprised that we don't see more of these around. The seats, like the one pictured above, is nearly impossible to find in the US, and that's a bummer, because, in my opinion, it is the best way to carry your under-40-pounder around for shortish trips.
More pics here.
July 06 Update
800 x 600 /
2048 x 1536