once upon a time, there was a girl who lived in dc. though she most definitely lived in dc proper, her rowhouse was in a residential, “gentrifying” neighborhood that, though she loved dearly, required public transportation to get to where the majority of her friends lived.
on the weekends, full of soccer and lying in the park, she hated having to rely on the buses because they run less frequently. though she loves being with her friends, laughing, talking in weird accents and playing catch in the park with 2 year olds who have run away from their grandparents, it was always a pain, a burden, to wait 45 minutes to get home.
this all changed one day when her fairy mother (not godmother, mother) brought her bike down to dc from new york. though it needed new tubes, dc has a lot of bike stores, so she was able to quickly get the proper materials (side note – did you know that all people who work in bike shops are insanely hot?) and she was lucky enough to have roommates who know how to fix and take care of bikes.
on sunday, she felt comfortable enough to set off on her maiden voyage to her semi-final soccer game, helmet and all. keep in mind that the last time this girl rode a bike was in may, and not only did she fall into a bush and scrape herself, she also hit a pedestrian (way funnier/less serious than it sounds), so she was not very confident in her skills, especially when she would be riding with CARS. and other people. thankfully, she had the foresight to buy this:
so, off she set, on this beauty from 1980:
and they lived happily ever after.
i hope you enjoyed my fairy tale! the verdict? i loved riding my bike as transportation. it was so freeing to not be reliant on the bus system! plus, it is pretty magnificent to be gliding down the urban streets of washington dc. another plus, i felt like part of the cool kids club. i’m so thankful this was lying around in my garage, and i can’ t wait to use it all summer long. bike rides in the park, anyone?
does anyone else use a bike as one of their main forms of transportation? i have to admit, i was very wary of biking with cars and in traffic, but thankfully dc has beautifully cordoned off lanes that make biking a priority.