Earlier this week we visited some old friends who live in a rural area, and we took the opportunity to ride along the Cataraqui Trail, a rail to trail conversion in eastern Ontario. Here we are at one of the entrances to the trail.
Lucy is all set to go aboard the Haul a Day.
One of the gems of their stable is this 26″ wheel kid road bike by True North Cycles.
For part of the ride back, I swapped bikes with Steve for old times sake. He and I bought a pair of these Windsors in Grade 13, and every once in a while we’d ride them up and down the escarpment to and from our school in downtown Hamilton. They are hecho in Mexico, lugged steel, and they originally had sewups, which were not the optimal choice for the city.
He has wisely swapped the original wheels for clinchers with wider tires. The curved fork gives a really nice ride over the rough stuff. Plenty of fender clearance as well. Now you might market such a bike as a “gravel grinder”.
A very pleasant ride, and a fun visit to give our kids a taste of rural living. As a coda to our visit just before we drove off, Tim demonstrates the giraffe unicycle that he picked up a while ago in Toronto.