The first two days of my trip came at the end of #30daysofbiking. I was really committed and wanted to ensure that in spite of my travel and stresses, I met the goal. As I was to be spending a lot of time going back and forth between two family homes linked by a bike lane, biking at home was an easy and feasible transportation choice. Big Brother asked a family friend if I could borrow the vintage Peugeot folding bike that BB rehabbed last winter. Alas, to my delight, me and The Peug were joined together for 8 wonderful days. The link above will give you better insight into the specs of the bike, so now I can just prattle on about the bike's awesomeness.
This bike fits me the best of any bike I have ever ridden. I have a long torso and short inseam, so my smallest-size Old Dutch is a bit of the stretch, and the Dahon is you know, fine. But The Peug fits perfect.
This bike is what you would see if the Old Dutch Treat and the Dahon had a baby. Size-wise, The Peug would fit nicely in a car trunk or small apartment. Size isn't everything, though, so you still get all the amenities of a city bike- nice upright position, a skirt-friendly frame, built-in lights, and a rear rack. The positioning is great-- riding the bike, it feels like your sternum is being thrust out in a very "Hello, World!" kind of way. Compact bike happiness if I ever saw it.
We are very grateful that the person who loaned me the bike generously ended up giving The Peug to our family. I am looking forward to riding this bike when I go home at the end of the summer... and will probably start trolling Craigslist for one of my own. It's that fantastic.
Moms and daughters alike love Peugeot folding bikes!