About What I Saw Riding My Bike Around Today

Biking-and Chilling-on the MississippiI got Rhoda after living in New Orleans for a few months, and oh my, that changed everything. Life’s better on a bicycle, and that just kept on being true.

JackThen I got my Surly Long Haul Trucker, and I like to load up my bags, clip in, and then just ride and ride and ride. We recently moved to Baltimore and left Rhoda in her hometown, and now the Surly and I are learning how to ride up and down hills. And then I got a Brompton to take on the train and in car trunks to New York and Philadelphia and the Eastern Shore and everywhere else so that I can always ride my bicycle. Yep, life is better on a bicycle. Here’s what I saw riding my bike around today.

39 thoughts on “About What I Saw Riding My Bike Around Today

  1. Greetings Kate: My biking partner and I are headed to New Orleans late Wednesday for the duration of Mardi Gras and we are bringing our bikes. I attended Newcomb (Tulane) many years ago and my friend lived in and around New Orleans when he was a little boy so we adore the city. Any suggestions where to ride. I was a little hesitant about getting in the parades with the bikes and was thinking more around Tulane,, Audobon Park, City Park etc. Hope to hear from you.


  2. hi, i’m kind of a fan about bike, now i try to tie wood or material of stick to make light DIY bike,
    i live @Taiwan, but the blue sky we ? share
    when we ride is the same,
    people save electricity and exercise and… , use less gas, right?

    best wishes!

  3. Hello,

    I think my computer froze for just a second when I wrote you a few days ago, so I don’t think you got it. If you did, please disregard.

    I have been a reader of your blog for quite some time and it is really inspiring. I am an avid biker, like yourself, and always wanted to take photos on my rides, but never got around to it.

    I finally did, and am having a great time doing it. It is definitely inspired by awisrmbat, but I post video and links I find as well as my bike riding photographs.

    Oh yeah, I live in Austin, TX.

    I have a link posted to your site in gratitude. Thanks!



  4. Thanks, Keith! I love your tumbling photos, by the way. I’m adding you to my blogroll too. May we have many rides and take many photographs!

  5. Hi Rhode,
    I so happy to see your blog, I do the same with my bike and camera over nord Buenos Aires but I don’t blogged by now I’m goig to continue to see your blog it’s stimulate for me ..well happy day from Argentina!!

  6. Dear WISRMBAT,

    My wife and I are new to NO (living in the uptown area) and were wondering what features you would recommend for a bike in New Orleans. Our innards have been throughly jarred driving around so I vote for balloon tires. I would love to have a Velorbis Churchill but they are not sold in the states. Any help or great bike shop recommendations would be great. Many thanks. Travis.

    If I were you and wanted to sneak into the Lutheran events, just say you are from South Dakota and lost your arm band. My colleague is a Lutheran pastor in Sioux Falls he describes it as a Lutheran ghetto were youth frequently lost things; he said that should get you in.

    • Hello and welcome to New Orleans! Sorry about the delay in replying–I’ve been traveling about. Biking is definitely the right choice here, and actually, almost any bike will do. Flats can be avoided with proper tire pressure, but no bike will really keep you from feeling the bad roads in the knees. Neither of my bikes has shocks–I wonder if that might help…My road bike is steel, and I find the material absorbs more road shock than the aluminum frame of my cruiser.

      I realize I’m not being that helpful. But I wish I could go shopping with you! I love new bikes. Let me know if you want a friend to go to the bike shoppe with you guys. See you on the roads!

      • You bet! Thank you for the compliment on my photos. I’m glad we found each other. I need someone, besides myself, to read my blog. Louisiana is a small state hopefully, someday, we’ll bump into each other riding.

    • Hey, James! I will most def see you at the bike bash. I wonder how we’ll find each other…hee! I’ll be promoting the upcoming Bicycle Film Festival. Say hi!

  7. I just found your blog via some clicking around. I like when a blog has a nice narrowly-defined theme that still makes for lots of possibilities. And having co-founded Plan B, I especially like this blog’s theme. Subscribing to the RSS feed… now!

  8. Just happened upon your blog and like it a lot. I keep telling myself I should carry a camera whenever I’m riding.
    My daughter and I went through New Orleans, moving her back her to Portland Oregon for a little while before she went back to Miami again, the August before Katrina. I sure would like to get back there to explore it on a bike sometime.
    I’ve been looking at a Surly Long Haul Trucker every time I go to my favorite bike shop, but I think I’ll wind up getting some kind of cargo bike first.

  9. Hi! Just wanted to let you know how much I love your blog. I discovered it about six months ago, and it was really soothing to see images of NOLA as waves of homesickness washed over me throughout the Chicago winter. I’m finally in the process of moving back to New Orleans after being away since December 2005, and I can’t wait to get a new bike and ride, ride, ride!

  10. Thank you, Katie! I’m so happy you get to come home soon. Look me up–we can go pedaling around together–guest blog!

  11. Howdy, just found your blog and I love it, and I want your tattoo, and I love to cycle and take pictures, my new favorite addiction. I live in Northern California.
    Please come by and check out my newish blog, Z.


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  13. Hi there,

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  14. Kate,

    Your blog is wonderful, it reminds me of home every time I read it, and makes me miss you and your class! It was by far my favorite class at Tulane. Thanks for the little bits of home.

    The Venerable Zachery Elbourne

  15. Hello,

    I was wondering if you accept guest post for your blog. If you do, I would like to submit a few. I’m a recent college graduate, with an English major, looking to build out my portfolio. I can write on a wide variety of topics and am sure you would be happy with the quality. Please email me back if you are interested. Thank you for your time.

    – Kathleen Hubert

  16. Hi Kate. My girlfriend and I are taking the Amtrak from Austin to New Orleans in early May for a week and bringing our bikes with us. I’ve been a long time reader of your blog. You even have my blog’s link up on this site (pedalbug). I was wondering if you had any advice about good rides around town or maybe you’d like to ride with us while we are there. Thanks for any advice!

  17. Our bikes are very similar to your Surly; road bikes with fat tires. We are both very experienced riders especially in urban areas. My girlfriend used to pedicab in Boston and I own a bike tour and rental company here in Austin. We are looking forward for a week of riding around New Orleans and the national park to the South.

  18. Kate,
    Hi, I’m from Bicycling magazine and I was looking for your email to contact you. We’re working on a community blog project and we wanted to include you. Could you please contact me?

    Thanks and regards, Brad

  19. Your blog has inspired me to take more pictures of our shared city when I’m out and about. So, thanks for that! I’ve been thinking about starting a bike related blog or seeking out someone, or an organization to work with. I was wondering if you’d ever be open to having a guest contributer? Email me if you’d like, maybe we could meet up at Bike Party or get a coffee and talk about it? No hard feelings if not, of course. Ride safe and have fun!

  20. Hi
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    I am writing today to see if you are open to a collaboration with us.
    I was looking around the internet for relevant and high-quality sites – and I found yours! Your writing style and your posts are a great indication of an awesome work together. What do you think
    Please let me know if we can work something out! We’d be thrilled to whip an article or something for your site.
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