My Bikes

Black Beauty

Black Beauty by a Lake on XOBA 2009

Mars Girl mounted on her steed.

Make/Model: Giant OCR 1
Adoption Date: July 2006
Purpose: Road, supported touring, speed with light-weight ease

  • Carbon fork/carbon seat post/aluminum frame
  • 30/39/50 crankset, 10-speed rear cassette 12-25 (I think)
  • Shimano 105 – STI shifters, front and rear derailers


Beau at Everett Road Covered Bridge in the Cuyahoga Valley.

Beau with purple accouterments.

Make/Model: Surly Cross Check, custom build
Birth date: August 2009
Purpose: commuting, unsupported touring, off-road riding, comfort

  • Steel frame
  • 30/39/50 crankset, 9-speed rear cassette 12-25
  • Shimano Tiagra STI, front derailer: shimano tiagra, rear derailer: shimano deore
  • My favorite feature is the Kalloy Guizzo seatpost… it has shocks on it! An indulgence for a bike meant for comfort travel instead of speed.


My husband’s old trail bike.

I have plans to refurbish this bike, possibly upgrading some of the components so that it’s more mountain bike ready. I currently don’t use it much since it seriously needs some work to get it back into shape for riding. It was my husband’s bike, which I gave to my friend Diane in 2001 when I was moving out of the condo I shared with my husband. When Di got a new bike, she asked if I wanted to take the bike back and I gratefully did. It reminds me of my husband and thus the name with which I’ve christened it.



Scott fresh from his maiden voyage at the mountain bike trial at Bedford Reservation.

The newest addition to my bike family. I just started mountain biking this past year and am looking forward to many great adventures!

Make/Model: Scott Genius 740, 650B
Adoption Date: July 2014
Purpose: Mountain biking