I have named my resurrected mountain bike: Chili Pepper!
A while ago, my husband found me this great looking MTB on craigslist. It had been sitting in the garage for some time over the dreary months of winter, while I continued procrastinating doing something about cardio exercise. Much needed cardio exercise, mind you! I have been blaming the closure of our beloved yoga studio for the increasing circumference around my mid-section, but really, I am the one to blame! I did start a home yoga session using Yogamazing and it is great, but there is something more encouraging to practice as a community (I just need to persevere!). Aside from the great benefits that comes with having a regular yoga practice, I have been told by my Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncturist, that my body is the type that needs to move a lot and not sit at a desk for hours, ergo, I need to incorporate more physical activities in my daily life!
Enter Chili Pepper. I did have the bike looked at by the great people at Lynn Valley Bikes. They did a tune-up, changed the old tires to spiffy new Kenda Small Block 8’s, installed a new front hydraulic disc brake from Shimano and removed the old grips and replaced them with Ergo Grips which I purchased from MEC. As soon as I got the chance to ride, I took it to nearby Karen Magnussen Park for a few rounds. I was giddy! Wind in my hair (under a helmet, of course!) with -what people might consider a grimace rather than- a big grin on my face, I pedalled my way through the wooded area near the park. I was out of breath pretty quickly but I was happy!
Over the next few days, my husband helped me install a new bike-saddle that is a bit more forgiving than the old torn one, and a Filzer bike rack, that doubles as back fenders to keep the mud off me. We added front fenders, too, as I realized that coming home from a short ride through -what I thought- a bit of muck, the underside of the bike and myself were covered in dirt! Recently my husband let me purchase an Axiom Market Basket from BSP Bike Store. I had been bugging him to send me on grocery errands in the evenings, so he gave up and helped me with the installation of the removable basket, too!
Recently I also found out that Chili Pepper is an old (maybe circa 1996-1998) mountain bike made by Hillside Mountain Bikes in West Vancouver. I was ballsy and curious enough to e-mail them a picture of Chili and Stephen Hynes the owner, responded!
Now I am looking forward to some great weather and many more grocery errands! 🙂
I have been on hiatus for quite some time. So this post is to bring readers up to date on what I/we have been up to…
Our letterpress shop/studio, District Dogs Designs, did pretty well during the months leading up to Christmas, and we enjoyed ourselves at the events and markets we attended. But all this meant that I had barely time to even browse through WordPress.com anymore. So this year I have promised myself to balance my life a little better.
The letterpress studio has now started applying for the next batch of events happening this Spring/Summer in Vancouver, BC. We are hoping to secure a few spots at various key functions and markets; and hope to make it through all the jurying processes! There are so many to choose from this year and we, as a small company, are now more confident in our capabilities as a print making shop! We have some exciting projects in the pipeline which we will start rolling out pretty soon! So for you who are local and are interested in the DIY/Handmade Revolution, stay tuned!
District Dogs also joined a local letterpress group called, the Vancouver Letterpress League, where like-minded people get together to discuss and propagate our love for all things letterpress! It’s still a small, but growing society and it is our goal to raise public awareness for letterpress, bookbinding and papermaking!
On the personal side of things, our beloved yoga studio, Body Harmony Yoga Studio, has temporarily closed its doors, and my husband and I are forced to make alternate plans. We (or rather I) fell in love almost three years ago now, and this has been my main source of exercise since. I am currently setting myself (ourselves) up for at least a couple of 60-minute home sessions with the help of podcasts provided by Yogamazing! I’ll let you know how this pans out!
Y2Play passes from Grouse Mountain are available again and we are debating on getting them again! Skiing/boarding the local mountains is very convenient for us as we literally live 10 minutes away from the local attraction. This activity has also proven to be a killer work-out without the boredom of a stuffy gym! Plus you have this fantastic view of Vancouver night or day from up there!
Another sport I am taking up again is biking. As I get older, I realize that (physical, mental and spiritual) balance is the key to a more peaceful, enjoyable and happy life! What better to restore this balance than by spending some time on a bike! Late last year, my husband found and bought me an old mountain bike from craigslist for a mere hundred bucks! I just have to get it back to life by cleaning and maybe changing a few components to make it ride-safe again. We also have attended a basic bike maintenance course at MEC in North Vancouver, which got me so excited about biking that I plan to attend more intermediate to advanced courses with my husband. The mountain bike is sitting in the garage waiting for me to bring it to Lynn Valley Bikes to show the hydraulic (?) brakes to an experienced mechanic. In the mean time, we spend most of our time with our crazy dogs, Stitch & Boo, and designing/carving/printing in the studio.