html xmlns="" xml:lang="en" lang="en"> From the archives: SHE'S HERE!

Friday, August 24, 2007


Born August 23rd, 2007
18 lbs, or so
About five feet.

Her name is Princess.



Anonymous margie said...

breaks are for pussies!
And that's exactly why I have them.
I totally lust after your new bike, just so you know.

9:35 AM  
Anonymous Mitch said...

Awwwww, so adorable.

10:41 AM  
Blogger Megan said...

Thank you, Mitch. She is SO beautiful.

10:46 AM  
Blogger Tom said...

That is pretty. I like the blue accents.

12:01 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Exciting! And shiny. I didn't know powdercoat could be sparkly and contrasty.


12:17 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

I didn't have her powdercoated! I painted her my ownself.

Thanks, Tom.

This morning, when I parked her to get coffee, the messenger-guy who has looked me off TWO TIMES when I offered a smile and eye contact did a startled double take. After I went inside, I turned and he must have spent another twenty seconds walking around her. He couldn't help it. He was mesmerized by how gorgeous she is. I understand.

12:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's a pretty bike, Megan. Have fun!

(grumble grumble about this bike-unfriendly city)


12:59 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Hey thanks, S. Is your bike-unfriendly city SF? I am so not ready to ride a fixed-gear in SF.

1:01 PM  
Blogger fasolamatt said...

Congratulations. She's beautiful. Looks like she's tough, too. I'm sure it was love at first sight. fasolamatt

1:03 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Isn't she though? We went out for a ride last night; we're still pretty wobbly.

1:06 PM  
Blogger Dewb said...

Gorgeous, and definitely a head-turner. Congratulations!

1:12 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Thanks! I'm so happy.

1:18 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That's certainly a bicycle! You must be very happy.


1:49 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Overjoyed! Thanks for noticing!

1:52 PM  
Blogger SydneyDawn said...

Princess is very pretty. Congrats.

1:55 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...



2:02 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Thanks, you guys! You're too kind!

2:07 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Not that kind of unfriendly (I liked riding in SF). The Texas sort of unfriendly, with bad roads and no bike lanes and 400,000 (literally, at as an estimate) SUV drivers who sometimes actively try and hit you. And lots of freeways.

It's fixed-wheel friendly, though, if you can get past all the other stuff.


2:17 PM  
Anonymous Francis said...

ahhh, she's so pretty! I'm sure the two of you make a beautiful couple.

(ahem. since I am strictly forbidden from complimenting Megan, the second sentence above should be construed as a generic compliment that anyone riding such a bike would look good.)

2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

So you did that paint job with a rattle can? Looks great.


2:45 PM  
Blogger Mark said...

Like all good princesses, a great combo of form and function!

3:01 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Francis, she makes me glow. All happy people are beautiful.

A4: It isn't a great job, actually. But from a distance, she's perfect!

Mark: Like all good princesses, fast and streamlined!

3:08 PM  
Blogger alison said...

Love the colours :)

Hello Princess, you gorgeous girl!

3:23 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

She's so sparkly! And fast!

3:31 PM  
Blogger jens said...

Wow...I'm sure you have great child-bearing hips....but that really must have HURT!

4:15 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

She's not my daughter. That would be a creepy blurring of family boundaries. No no. This is the proper amount of joy and attention one pays to the acquisition of a new bicycle.

4:26 PM  
Blogger susan said...

She is quite lovely. I am not a bicycle expert, so I cannot speak to what I'm sure are her many excellent features, but she is shiny and pretty, and the blue was definitely an inspired choice!

4:31 PM  
Blogger jens said...

> She's not my daughter.

Great! Then you won't get all pissy with me if I put on my best dirty-old-man leer and talk about what a "great ride" she is?

4:36 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Thanks so much, Susan. I don't actually know her specs. I love mostly for her appearance, and then because it is different to ride her and I can tell I'm going to like it.

4:37 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Jens, get your own fixie.

4:38 PM  
Blogger jens said...

Relax...I won't harass or use her.

East coast, remember?

5:02 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Get your own fixie, hon.

5:05 PM  
Blogger Tom said...

Out of context theater:
I love mostly for her appearance, and then because it is different to ride her and I can tell I'm going to like it.

5:10 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

Yeah. I knew that was inevitable, and actually toned it down as much as I could. But. She IS a bicycle, so there isn't much you can do.

Also, riding the fixed-gear isn't easy yet. There's still a good chance I'm going to take a couple falls. But when I'm more used to it, I am definitely going to like it.

5:17 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Congrats, Megan. But did the Kitchenaid come, too? -K.

6:46 PM  
Blogger I don't pay said...

It's very nicely done, Megan. With that upright position and pedals w/o clips, you shouldn't worry much about falls. You'll forget yourself and the pedal will come around but just use the brakes and you'll be fine.

The feeling of smoothness and connection will be very pleasant, and sensual. You have a fairly low gear, too, which helps the revs for all kinds of good reasons. Spin, spin, spin.

4:01 PM  
Anonymous ptm said...

Wow, she's beautiful. Whoever did the restoration work did a great job, and I love the painting the luggings as trim.

Sorry I wasn't around to share my tidings earlier, I've been camping on the beach.

4:24 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

IDP - Yes yes, I am still using the brakes heavily. But I am also starting to use my weight on the upstroke to slow myself and getting better control that way. I can foresee using the brakes very rarely, once my skills develop. Until I move to a city with hills.

ptm - you've seen my house. Of course the luggings were accents!

8:17 PM  
Anonymous doctorpat said...

So what is the attraction Americans seem for have for fixed gear bikes?

I've read the Sheldon pages, and as far as I can tell the "advantage" is that they are harder to ride.

What am I missing.

8:29 PM  
Blogger Megan said...

No no. That's pretty much the attraction.

8:41 PM  
Anonymous mith said...

That's one sexy chain.

Mine's orange. Not because I painted it, but because that's the color any untreated metal eventually becomes around here.

I hope you two have lots of good times together.


6:32 AM  
Anonymous Underwear Ninja said...

Oh she is so pretty!

Maybe sometime she would like the company of my bike. They could sit on the porch together and talk about asphalts and cements.

4:59 PM  
Blogger Dubin said...

Megan is a master of the masking tape.

3:26 PM  
Anonymous doctorpat said...

OK. So the next hot trend is penny-farthings?

I should invest in them now.

8:02 PM  
Blogger matt said...

That is a sweet, sweet ride.

Someday I'll get me a fixie.

4:35 AM  

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