Pulling on a pair of shorts and shoes, donning a T-shirt and a cycling cap, and heading downtown on a Saturday morning. Stopping for a coffee at Mozart's and then going down to Town Lake to watch the university rowing crew practice as the steam rises. Later, running into my friend PJ, racing up to the college campus, stopping at the bike swapmeet for a spare tube and to bullsh*t with the folks I know there. Then it's back downtown to catch the last songs by the bluegrass band playing at the Farmer's Market. Riding over to Waterloo Records to check out the new Calexico cd, then grabbing a burrito and a beer at Chango's on the way home. A day on the bike, soaking up my city, hanging out with friends. All made even sweeter by the simplicity and reliability of my fixed gear machine, which does nothing that any other bike can't do, except this one only goes when I go, and I only go when it goes; and for a few hours out of the hectic chaos that is my life, I'm truly free.