Last weekend, I went on a girls' weekend to Chicago. It was with the same crew I went to Philly with last year. We basically ate, laughed, shopped, and talked ourselves silly. A successful trip, indeed.
There's usually a moment during every girls' trip where I want to visit a cool shop that speaks to one of my interests, like a yarn store or a fabric store. But this year, it was a bike shop. Not just any bike shop, but Dutch Bike Co. (My girlfriends are very good sports in indulging me.)
As we were walking up to the shop, my friend pointed out a darling girl riding a beautiful dutch bike in a dress. I thought to myself, that looks like Dottie from Let's Go Ride a Bike (a blog I have been kinda obsessed with since I have gotten into bikes). But I dismissed the possibility due to the craziness of the coincidence.
Sure enough, when we got to the shop, it was Dottie!
She and her husband couldn't have been lovelier. I introduced myself, kinda geeked out about how much I enjoy her and Trisha's blog, and then asked her a whole bunch of bicycle questions. It is really easy, when you follow someone's blog, to feel like you already know them. So when you meet them in the flesh it's almost just a formality.
Thank you, Dottie, for such a fun chat. Running into you was a highlight on an already fabulous trip. (Here's Dottie's post on the chance encounter)
So did I just window shop at Dutch Bike Co.?
Of course not.
My favorite purchase was a Po Campo Rack Bag for Adelaide. (I first discovered these bags when I saw one on Dottie's Betty Foy on a recent post.) Since these bags are hand-made in Chicago, it ended up being a perfect souvenir for my trip. It looks like a perfect fit, no?
Also, I got Adelaide a couple of saddle covers. One for when she's feeling particularly British (which Pashleys have a tendency to do)...
And one for when she just wants to be girly and fun...
Both of these saddle covers are from Bikecap, a company from the Netherlands. The best part? They make great hats in a pinch.