22 Dec '11, 5pm

Merry Bikesmas: A 1970s Schwinn livens up a family holiday:

Merry Bikesmas: A 1970s Schwinn livens up a family holiday:

Photo: Joe Penniston This year, as we have in years past, my wife and I packed up the kids and flew across the country to spend the holidays with her family in suburban Baltimore. Christmas at the Thomas house is always a festive affair: crab soup, wine by the bottleful, quality time with grandma and grandpa and sundry cousins. And for my benefit, they keep the Barry Manilow Christmas tunes to a minimum. (Sincere thanks for that, guys.) There's just one problem: Put me in the 'burbs for more than about 48 hours and I go completely batshit. I'm not sure what it is that sets me off. I completely understand the appeal of the place, having lived in Baltimore proper. It's peaceful here. And safe. No need to lock your doors. But in suburbia, I feel trapped. I need wheels. But here's the other problem: Put me in a car in traffic for more than about 48 seconds and, you guessed it,...

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