11/12/09

COASTAL CITY CLICHÉ

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Owning and riding a bicycle. Such a thing seems perfectly normal, advisable even, as well as convenient, economical, fun, environmentally conscious, innately European and therefore also stylish. My bf encourages me at least on a weekly basis to invest in a bike so that I could enjoy the practicality and freedom that comes with owning my own personal mode of transportation, other than my feet. Romantic bike rides along the seawall are also being mentioned. In a city such as Vancouver, with moderate weather, self-sustaining neighbourhoods, and relatively compact city limits, owning a bicycle seems to be entirely logical.
All these things and yet still I am not running off to one of the many bike shops all over the city. Truthfully, and I am embarrassed to share this, I am a closet bicycle-phobe. I love to hear the bf talk of all these outings and experiences we could share together on our bikes, but in these imaginings I am not (as is actual fact) a person who has not rode a bike in over 10 years. I don't doubt the saying to be true: surely I could pick up the skill again once I only try -- if I only try. In the meantime I think I will just continue to fantasize about my superior bike riding skills, while looking at these beautiful and fully functional, vintage inspired bikes that I dream of owning. (I almost always prefer the style of the men's models -- alas if only I were taller.)

Oh and for a real special treat, check out Electra's brand new Ticino line of bikes. I'm dying to own the Ticino 20D (it is gold for goodness sake) but I'm afraid that it is just a wee bit more than I would like to spend, especially considering that I would rather look at it than ride it.

1 comment:

miss sarah said...

I actually HAVE a vintage ladies raleigh that might be perfect for a girl your size. I took it to red bike to get everything fully functional. It even has this great "carrie" basket on it (you can google).

If you're ever interested in buying a deal of a bike, let me know. Or if you ever want to borrow one of the other ones for extended test rides:)