For my birthday this year, I was given the choice between a new bike and an iPad. While I would enjoy the iPad, it was not difficult for me to choose. My old bike had lost its chainguard (and I couldn’t find a replacement anywhere), the tires were getting worn, and the rubber around the shifting controls was falling off.
I chose the Dahon Speed d7. It is a lot like my old Dahon Boardwalk in that it has fenders, a kickstand, and a rack on the back. My panniers fit on quite well, and I can do everything that I could do on my old bike. I have ridden it on seven rides now, and it is breaking in well. Some of the levers are still a bit stiff, but I can fold and unfold it in less than a minute. We bought the bike at Dublin Cyclery,where we have purchased many bicycles over the years, for ourselves, our children, and now our grandchildren. The owner, Chuck Tyler, is an avid cyclist and a very genial person. It is a a pleasure to do business with him.
We often do a ride and then have lunch out, sometimes just the two of us and occasionally with other family members. Last Wednesday, we did one of our local rides from Alamo to Danville. Arriving back in Alamo at noon time, we decided to go to the Peasant’s Courtyard for lunch to have a good meal and to enjoy sitting under the beautiful trees in the courtyard. It was about 12:15 or a little later when we reached the restaurant. It was a hot day, and there was no air conditioning inside the restaurant. When we expressed the desire to sit outside, we were told that they would put our names on a waiting list for a table although there were two tables for four that were available. We would have to wait for a table for two. There were two women ahead of us, who were waiting patiently. But my husband had work to do at his office that afternoon, and we were irritated that they would not seat us at an empty table. Since they do not take reservations, these tables were not being held for anyone else, and I would guess that they very likely did not fill them that day. We opted to go home for lunch, and we will probably not go back anytime soon. We have eaten at sister restaurants, the Little Pear in Blackhawk and the Peasant and Pear in Danville many times. The food is always excellent, and we have always been treated courteously. Two young people were in charge last Wednesday, and I think that they exhibited poor business acumen. Alamo needs this restaurant, and I would hate to see it go out of business.