Day Trip Date

Austin, Texas is a superb place to live in the summer months. If you can stand the heat, which many can not. Let me tell you, no matter how hot it is where you live, it’s hotter in Texas, because, well, everything is bigger in Texas. Part of living here is having access to swimming holes and this place in particular has been on my list for some time. It’s close enough to our house and seemed like a perfect day trip for Lauren to take on.

As with anything new and unfamiliar, bicycle camping, touring and even day trips can be a daunting task for people. Lauren’s never really done anything like a bicycle camping trip, so we took it one step at a time. The right mix of mileage, hills and hauling had to come into play.

We left before it was too hot and were home before it was hotter. We made a picnic, got sunburnt and swam. She got to officially christen her Icarus and I got some great photos of it all. Anyone with a spouse or a partner who rides knows the feeling of seeing them happy on a bicycle…

Tools of the trade:
Mamiya 7ii / 80mm
Kodak Portra 400

  • David Ugarte

    “Anyone with a spouse or a partner who rides knows the feeling of seeing them happy on a bicycle…” Amen to that!

  • jon john

    I have the larger version of her basket. Unfortunate Wald used to offer three axle holes and now there is only one. As if one size fits all bikes. I ended up sawing the supports, drilling some holes, over laying the halves and bolting them together. The basket fits on my bike perfectly now… and the supports are even a bit stronger.

    • Wade Schultz

      I had to do the same thing! No way those baskets are intended for anything with decently low handlebars, amen. Chopped the supports, flattened ends in a vice, redrilled holes for a 9mm axle, then replaced the cheap band hardware with some stainless bolts, and VOILA, rack!

  • test tube ( ‘| )

    is helmet use mandatory in the USA?

    • Nope.

      • test tube ( ‘| )

        well, maybe this is isn’t the place for ‘another helmet use’ discussion, but would you prefer that it was mandatory? i ask this because i always see north-american riders using helmets on every occasion even while simply commuting or while riding in areas where there’s no car traffic (like these pictures, for example). this makes no sense to me. especially when you see plenty of film footage and lots of pictures of freestyle riders doing the unthinkable and pretty dangerous tricks without helmet.
        to me, it only makes sense if you’re in a competition-context ride, or riding with plenty of other riders where falls and crashes are most likely to occur.

        • Most countries have helmet laws because they have free public healthcare…

        • Jamie McKeon

          Helmets protect you from all sorts of short and long term damage, why would you not wear one when you have nothing to lose and everything to gain from it? I can’t remember the last time I rode a bike without a helmet on.

          • Shhhhhh PLEASE, let’s not do this debate again….

          • Jamie McKeon

            Yeah that’s my view and I’m done… Everyone do as you please!

        • marlon

          you’re an IDIOT.

          • Harry Major

            Marlon: Nice!

      • test tube ( ‘| )

        ok, sorry for bringing this up. but let me just say this: if that was the case, if it was proven without any doubt that helmets protect in any situation, then it should be mandatory for car drivers to wear them, because most head injuries occur while driving cars. I ride bicycles for more than 5 years now, almost daily, and rode as a kid for lots of time as well and never used nor needed helmet. yeah, sure, there were less cars on the roads back then, i know, but shouldn’t authorities enforce slow driving speeds rather then try to sell – through lobbying – the use of bike helmets when you rarely need them?
        Danish and Swedish riders DON’T use helmets for their commutes and I don’t see their hospiltals flooded with people with head injuries. I refuse to wear that stupid thing as long as people keep protecting car drivers and their status-quo at the road.

  • Spencer Olinek

    Looks like a blast. How long of a ride is this for you two?

    • It’s like 30 miles round trip at most. Nothing big at all. I did it in shorts and a t-shirt with sneakers.

  • PNT

    girl + bike time is priceless!