Anticipation for jumping on our bikes and doing the "Jingle Ride" is mounting (no pun intended). It is a long wait until spring when the next "Tweed Ride" is scheduled so when another special ride is announced, the excitement builds quickly.
"Breaking Chains and Taking Lanes" has organized a winter ride to enjoy some of the more spectacular Christmas lights strung up in our fair city. She even plans a half hour seminar on winter cycling to give fair weather riders a chance to experience winter pedaling.
While at "BikeWorks" yesterday, I tried to come up with a practical method of lighting my bike with Xmas lights. I asked Brett who is always in the shop if he had any ideas and he suggested that I contact Chris Chan who for sure will have his bike decked out in holiday lighting. Chris is the wizard of bike lighting and gives a course at "BikeWorks" on two wheel chariot illumination.
I did manage to come up with the "Jingle" part of the ride. I remembered riding my Trek mountain bike within the bowels of the Bulldog Tunnel on the Kettle Valley Railway and coming across a cyclist who had strapped bear bells to his pedals so that they made a constant ringing/jingling sound as he laboured uphill to the summit at the "Paulson" . I figured I could take the two bear bells off of Furry Lewis and attach them to my winter bike pedals and at least make some sort of effort to celebrate Xmas cycling.
I went to the dollar store to find those illumination sticks, bracelets or necklaces. You know - the ones that glow in the dark. I couldn't find any - they must be out of season. Why they would only be for sale in the summer when the days here are longest is beyond moi. But I did discover an idea for decorating my bike - turning it into a candy cane by wrapping white paper or cloth around the frame and then running a long red ribbon around that. I'll let you know how it goes...