It’s been a weekend full of birthdays – while The Mechanic and I celebrated birthdays of some of his family members, I celebrated the 2-year birthdays of both my bikes. February 28 was the 2nd birthday of Little Lord Fauntleroy, my commuter bike, and March 3 will be the 2nd birthday of Donnerwetter, my road bike. Almost twins!
It’s funny to look back at pictures of them when I first got them, especially Fauntleroy. He’s changed A LOT! First he went from his sparse frame, built by The Mechanic, to fully loaded with the lacy plastic rear basket, and has settled into his current design, with fenders, rear rack, Copenhagen front basket, and his new leather Velo Orange handlebar grips. I think he’s extremely stylish, and wouldn’t change a thing.
Donner, on the other hand, has changed little in appearance, but gained much in experience. Although he hasn’t been out all winter, I know he’s had enough adventures in the last year to keep him dreaming happily for the first time out this spring (assuming we ever get spring…).
We’ve learned a lot together, Fauntleroy and Donner and me. We’ve mostly learned that we prefer long rides (but not that long!) in unfamiliar territory, on either bike, and that riding gives us strength and confidence. Our adventures in the next year are as of yet unknown, and sadly, the greatest adventure will be on a strange bike in Europe. But I’m sure there will be a fun half-century in the fall for Donner and me, and what will Fauntleroy and I get ourselves up to this year? Who knows – maybe it will be transporting pieces of furniture! Or maybe he will find himself bedecked in more European accessories after the honeymoon. Either way, Happy Birthday Fauntleroy and Donner!