Post Holiday Bike Ride

We went out for a nice post-holiday bike ride today. It was overcast and cold, but we bundled up and stayed relatively warm and dry. Stops included Nana’s to feed her puppies (we’re pupsitting while she’s out of town), the coffee shop for pastries and hot cocoa, and the grocery store for lunch fixings. It was a fun time.

This was also the maiden voyage of our new Civia Loring. This one is our personal bike. We had a Loring on loan for review earlier this year and liked it so much we vowed to eventually add one to the stable as our primary cargo/grocery hauler. Besides being a capable workhorse, it’s also a fun and surprisingly nimble bike to ride unloaded. Many thanks to Rick at Gold Country Cyclery for getting us all set-up!

17 Responses to “Post Holiday Bike Ride”

  • Venus says:

    What’s the bike your daughter is riding there? I’ve been wanting to add a little single speed, diamond frame bike to my stable but I’m a woman on the short side (5’3″) and so far have had not been able to find something that gives me enough clearance when I stand over it.

  • Phil says:

    Hi Alan (you don’t know me – yet),
    Just wanted to say what a positive and motivating blog you’re running. I only just discovered your site last month but I’ve been to it almost everyday to catch up on your postings and reviews. Looks like you had a nicer day then me for a ride – 4C and rain where I live.

    And great photography too. I can definitely appreciate it as a former professional my self. You’ve motivated me on two fronts; 1) To start my own blog about winter riding/commuting in Toronto and 2)Get back into photography in some capacity. I’ll have to keep you posted!

    Keep up the excellent work!

  • Alan says:

    Hi Venus,

    Our daughter’s bike is an SE Lager. You can read more about it here:


  • Alan says:

    Hi Phil,

    Thanks so much for the kind words! Let me know when you get your blog going and I’ll add a link in our blogroll.

    All the best-

  • cole says:


    hey, i saw your post about needing a small single speed. iro makes a frame set for smaller riders and its set up 650cc wheels. they make decent bike and the price is good,here is a link


  • Lovely Bicycle! says:

    Nice! We took a post-Xmas ride as well, but our was a lot more slushy, snowy and icky.

    I must say that Michael looks great on the Betty Foy. At least visually, it seems to be an even better match for her than the Pashley Princess. Can’t quite put my finger on what creates this impression, but perhaps it’s a combination of posture and leg extension?

    Enjoy your holidays!

  • Alan says:

    @Lovely Bicycle!

    “I must say that Michael looks great on the Betty Foy. At least visually, it seems to be an even better match for her than the Pashley Princess. Can’t quite put my finger on what creates this impression, but perhaps it’s a combination of posture and leg extension?”

    I know what you mean. The Betty Foy just seems to fit her like a glove. She’s extremely happy with the riding position and handling. Super bike.

    Best regards,

  • David says:

    Took a ride to the library, health food store and grocers except instead of the 6 mile round trip I took a bit longer, 30 mile route to get there. It was over cast, drizzly, slushy and wet with strong winds out of the east. The bike paths were for the most part still unridable from last weekends blizzard so I took to the road ways in my velomobile, warm and dry.

    It was a wonderful ride.



    As always your photography is exquisite.

  • Alan says:


    I’m glad you were able to get out and enjoy a ride. It felt good here to blow out some cobwebs after doing so much sitting around and eating too much over the holiday… LOL.

    Best regards,

    PS – Thanks for the kind words.

  • Deltatrike says:

    I took a very short post Christmas ride to the grocery store towing my new Burley Nomad. The best part was towing back 2 gallons of milk and a large carton of Lipton Diet Green Tea. Usually these large and heavy items have served as very effective justification as to why I had to take the car on this errand. Oh yes, Virginia, there is indeed a Santa Claus!

  • randomray says:

    Love the top picture with the three bicycles Alan. I went out on a five mile ride on Christmas day and came back 18 miles later despite the ugly looking weather, amazing what a bicycle will get you to do. Becky the Bianchi “Ray, the historic little church on the hill is only a couple more miles, we can make it.” Chuckle …

  • Surly John says:

    @Alan, I was sitting in my recliner surfing the net. When I checked ecovelo and found this post I got up, dressed warm and went for a ride. It felt great despite the subfreezing temps. Our roads are mostly dry this winter so ice was not a problem. Thanks for the inspiration.

    @Cole, Thanks for posting the link to IRO cycles. Nice website, lots of info and nice bikes too.

  • Alan says:

    @Surly John

    I’m glad to hear we were able to provide a bit of inspiration!

    Best regards,

  • Alan says:


    Thanks, Ray. Isn’t it cool when you go out for a short ride and the road and the bike entice you to keep right on going? Good stuff…

  • Dweendaddy says:

    A few questions about the Loring: Are there any differences between this new one and the earlier reviewed one? What size us it? What size (roughly) are you? I look forward to hearing more about it as you ride it more, like how it handles loads, hills (9 speed v 3 speed), etc.

  • Alan says:


    Hey there,

    I’m guessing you may have missed my responses to your earlier questions in the other thread, so I’ll go ahead and answer them here too – no problem.

    This one’s a Large. The model we had for review earlier this year was a prototype and it was a smaller size. A few minor details are different, most notably the placement of the rear rack mounts, but it is essentially the same bike.

    My pubic bone height is 88.5cm and I run a saddle height of 78cm (measured from the center of the bottom bracket to the top of the saddle, inline with the seat tube). Set-up this way, the bars are approximately 1cm above the saddle. I’d say it’s roughly equivalent to a 56-57cm diamond frame.

    This one’s the iMotion 9 build. I absolutely love the new SRAM IGH. The gear ratios are spot-on. My only complaint is that I generally don’t like twist shifters, but as they go, this one’s not bad at all. I’m a spinner, so the 9-speed is the obvious choice for me, especially with my bad knee. Stronger or younger riders with healthy knees may be able to handle a 3-speed, though if you live in a hilly area the 9-speed would definitely be the way to go.

    We just got back from a little photo shoot, and I carried my full DSLR kit in the front rack for the first time. I was just commenting to Michael how well it handled the load and how I think I found my new camera bike for when I want to haul the full kit. The small wheels, combined with the low placement of the rack, the not-too-high trail, and the centering spring, make carrying a load comfortable and easy. It’s a definite step up from carrying a heavy load on the front of my Surly LHT which has substantially more wheel flop. I love the Pass & Stow rack on the LHT, but the Surly’s geometry is not really dialed in for carrying too much weight up front; the Loring performs much better in this regard.

    I’ll be reporting back over the months with more details, but feel free to ask further questions anytime.


  • Dweendaddy says:

    Thanks for all of the details. I couldn’t find my previous post and thought I had not published it! Anyway, thanks again for the info and I will look forward to more posts and pictures.

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