A couple of weeks ago, I wrote about taking my old Kuwahara mountain bike out of storage, dusting it off and getting back out on the road with it. It was liberating. It was good. And it inspired me to do something I had been thinking about doing for a couple of years now, but just didn’t do because, well, I had a perfectly good mountain bike. A few days after posting that story, Mr. Pear Tree and I went out and bought ourselves some beautiful, fun, vintage-style bicycles.
After a little bit of shopping around, we settled on a couple of neoclassically inspired Opus brand bikes, from their Urbanista line. Mr. Pear Tree went with the men’s Classico, while I settled on the women’s Cervin.
While there’s a part of me that loved and will miss the more aggressive style of riding that a mountain bike offers, I do so love to sail about looking lovely on my new little show piece.
Designed with a retro look to them, the bikes offer an easy ride with their modern technologies – including (very important) a light-weight, aluminum frame.
When I did a little bit of research on the Montreal-made bikes, I found that they are actually part of a movement that Opus calls “Slow Biking.”
“It’s about choosing to take a different, but parallel, route that allows you to enjoy the journey by observing and experiencing. The colours, the sounds, the scents of your surroundings – all of these become a part of the journey when you’re slow biking…” the company catalogue said.
They also have a blog I’ve started following, at urbanistabikes.blogspot.com.
Since having kids, I’ve been a big proponent of Slow Living, and love the idea of using a bike not just to commute when practical, but for long, leisurely rides to nowhere and back, connecting with the world around you as you go.
I’m looking forward to doing more of this on my comfortable new ride.
In the meantime, anyone in the market for a 10-year-old silver Kuwahara?