|my first portrait with my new bike|
The biggest question: OMG! What about the Hello Kitty Cruiser?!
Don't be silly. I would NEVER abandon that bike. She's like my right arm. I need her. I love her. I daydream about her. I can't imagine a life without her. We've been through SO MUCH together! That's the bike that changed my life and made me a cyclist! I rode my first bridge with her, my first tour (the 5 boro, just 3 years ago!), my first everything. I adore that bike and she isn't going anywhere. Do you realize she and I have biked over 10,000 miles in NYC in the past 5 years?! It's true! My plan is to give the old gal a rest once in a while, that's all. The way I break it down is like this: The Hello Kitty Cruiser is my bike tour bike, grocery shopping bike (because I have a large from and detachable side basket perfect for grocery shopping) and my bike-to-the-beach bike (again because I bring a lot with me and have lots of cargo space). The new bike will be for smaller rides, local rides, rides where I don't need baskets to transport stuff - including biking to work.
Which bike are you riding on this Sunday's Five Boro Bike Tour?
Were you paying attention to the last paragraph? I told you the HELLO KITTY CRUISER is my official bike tour bike. She will be with me at this tour and all the other tours I'm registered for this year.
What made you pick a Brooklyn Cruiser?
Well, a few things:
1) The design - it's elegant and beautiful to look at, obviously.
2) It's still a cruiser, which is what I'm familiar with.
3) Important: It has a coaster brake (this is what drove me nuts about that blue bike - no coaster brake!)
4) Equally as important: There is no squeezy thing on the right handlebar (again, this was the problem with the blue bike). This is crucial for me to have the ability to take photos while I'm riding. I can't have a squeezy thing there because then I can't hold my camera while I ride.
5) The step through. I need a step through model because I'm a lady. I'm not swinging my leg over the back. I'm stepping through, thank you very much.
But it has gears. I thought you said gears are for pu$$ies?
Sure, it has 3 gears and I still feel no need for gears, so I don't have to use them, but they're there if I feel like going wild one day.
Why did you choose black?
It comes in 4 colors: black, white, baby blue & orange. I ruled out orange immediately because, very simply, I hate orange. I have an extreme aversion to that color. I ruled out baby blue because the bike I had briefly was that color and it just didn't feel right. That left me with black and white. Honestly I had a hard time choosing, I could have gone either way. Both are perfect for my already existent bike-wardrobe (mostly black, white, gray, pink & animal prints). But since my friend Jules has a white bike, I went with black.
How do you like your new bike?
Well, today was her first ever ride (though I was smart and test rode this one first - unlike the other one I ended up selling to Adele in Boston). I think it was a great maiden trip - I rode her about 25 miles today, including the Williamsburg Bridge, all over Manhattan with Felipe and the Manhattan Bridge back home and then around Greenpoint & Williamsburg, so I got a good feel for her. These are my initial impressions and observations from today's ride:
1) It's weird simply because it's different. I have to get used to it. By the end of the day I was much more comfortable with it than when I started.
2) Although it's lighter (by 20 pounds or more), I felt no difference in speed while going up the bridge ramps.
3) The thin tires are very strange to me and make me a little nervous but I just have to get used to them.
4) It's very rear-heavy, I guess because of that beautiful wooden basket. Again, I just have to get used to how to carry it up and down my stoop.
5) I didn't use the front brake much, but I tried it out a few times (very gently and slowly, while using the coaster brakes of course)
6) I still get talked to a lot while riding. And I got a ton of compliments on this bike today.
Where can I get a sweet Brooklyn Cruiser?!
If you live in the Greenpoint area, they carry them at Silk Road on Calyer @ Franklin. Swing by and take one for a test spin! Otherwise, check out their "where to buy" list.
I can't think of any other questions you might have so for now, enjoy a few photos I took today on my first ride with Isabella. (they're out of order but I can't imagine anyone cares about that...)
|my first on-bike photo! in Greenpoint, Brooklyn|
|I love these tiles! At the Williamsburg Plaza Park (base of the Willy B on the BK side)|
|not sure where this is but look at those sleek handlebars!|
|at the BK base of the Willy B... about to make history!!!|
|here we go! First ride over the Willy B (or any bridge for that matter!)|
|Yay! Coming down the Willy B on the Manhattan side|
|somewhere on the Willy B with Isabella|
|on the Willy B|
|on South Street in Manhattan with the Brooklyn Bridge in the background|
|riding along South Street|
|somewhere in Manhattan|
|on the West Side Highway with Felipe|
|in a bike lane in Manhattan. I have no idea where.|
|posing Isabella on Broadway at 23rd St, in front of the Flat Iron Building|
|her very first time being parked/locked up! (on 23rd St in Manhattan)|
|riding along somewhere at a brisk 14 mph|
|on Allen St in Manhattan|
|on Essex, about to turn onto East Broadway to hit the bike expo|
|coming home on the Manhattan Bridge|