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Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Let's Ride

My first bike in the city was a brown Schwinn, and I loved it. It changed the way I saw the city. The neighborhoods seemed smaller and closer together, and the whole city felt accessible. I also finally learned all the twisty streets downtown.

Some of my favorite times on my bike were spent riding down the west side at night, next to the sparkling water, after a ballet or a summer concert in Central Park; or riding over the Brooklyn Bridge with Nick; or lazing around on the grass next to my bike, reading magazines and chasing the dream of getting a tan. And of course there were lots of wobbly rides home after dinners.

But that fall it was stolen and the affair ended. I have a new bike now, but I'll always have a special place in my heart for my trusty brown Schwinn. I hope he is ok, wherever he is. (Most likely delivering pizzas with his new owner.)

Anyway, if you thinking of getting a bike (and it really will change your life), the one above is an especially lovely specimen: the Amsterdam from Electra. Happy riding, dear readers!

(via Love Forever)

17 comments:

Anonymous said...

Interesting you thought of your bike as a 'he.' Do guys think their cannondale's or 'hes." Or do they just not think of it. Does it depend on the model? Like motherland/ fatherland? The beauty pictured here has to be 'she.'

Joanna Goddard said...

That is an interesting question, anonymous. Funnily enough, I hadn't realized that I thought of my bike as a he, but I see from my post that I did! Maybe it was because my bike was brown (a manly color) or beaten-up and rugged (manly traits) or given to me by my dad (a man).

And maybe it does depend on the model. The beautiful baby blue Amsterdam seems like a pretty young girl, I agree:)

Anonymous said...

I have a man crush on my own bike, and the best part of my year in new york is sharing it with my bike. It's just too tough of a bike to be a girl. But being a straight guy saying he is going to ride his bike after admitting it is a boy bike is a little strange. Anyway, I'm going to ride him now.

RKK

Joanna Goddard said...

You ride him, Kaple.

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Regarding bike gender, it depends on the bike :)

I hope your Brown Schwinn is doing okay, although he surely misses you. I sometimes think wistfully of my first stolen bike, too, although my current bikes are much nicer. Something about first loves.

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