Friday, March 23, 2012

Tracy, N Ashland Ave & W Division St, Chicago, IL

Tracy rides a brown 1989 Schwinn Surburban

What are you wearing?
My bright yellow Nutcase helmet, I got from last December for about $19. My tops I got from last February. The skirt, I picked up at local Good Will store some years ago, is particularly comfortable and great for riding. And my smeakers (lol) I got a couple of years ago from Walmart for about $5 (was on sale).  They so comfortable and great for the ride.  
Tell me about your bike, and where you got it?
My lovely bike is a Schwinn Surburban, 1989 model. I drove more than 30 minutes outside the city to get this bike. I fell in love with it as soon as I saw the picture and the price was awesome, just a $100 bucks. But the bike has more than proven it was built well. I have been riding it for about 1 year, and have had no major issues with it. I rode this bike all through last winter and I can definitely say it is a great road bike.  Excluding the wheels(rims and wheels) the bike still has its original parts. I have covered more than 10,000(average 40 miles a week) miles with this bike since I purchased it, and it still runs WELL.
Where are you going?
On my way back from school.  
Why ride?
Riding is a great way to get A MUCH needed exercise, loosen my muscles,  and de-stress. It is also a good way to clean out my lungs if the weather permits. Best of all, it is a great way to get around the city, in good time, and never needing to worry much about parking or the crazy Chicago traffic.
Favorite ride?
I truly enjoy riding every where I can, whether I am running errands, hanging out, or riding to school and church. Just having that me time on my bike is a great way for me  to relax, and declutter my mind.
While riding you …? I enjoy the Chicago breeze on my face, as I listen to my fm radio which I have clipped to the front of my bike, while I ride.  
How can Chicago improve bike infrastructure or make Chicago more bike friendly?
Chicago could do a better job of fixing the roads. I love to ride my bike, especially with the great weather we have been having , but the bumps, and potholes on the roads are hard to deal with. It is just not cool riding over those bumps, potholes and cracks in the road. It makes riding a bit painful, especially if you do not see the crack, or have no option but to ride over them.
And other cool, funny tips or stories?
Riding through winter weather is not as hard as it may seem. Hues brand sweater leggings are really warm, and a great way to stay warm and stylish on the seriously cold winter days when you ride. I would wear two pairs, along with two pair of gloves to keep me warm on those really cold days.


  1. Beautiful - her helmet is so happy! I've never seen that one before. I'm also a fan of Hue sweater tights; they're the only tights that don't squeeze my middle uncomfortably.

  2. Cute! And that helmet is perfect for her since she has such a great smile and attitude.

  3. Funny, I saw her the biking down the street the other day (don't remember where) and recognized the smiley face helmet. :)