My friends started a “bike club” (aka start an email thread and ask if others are free to go biking on the weekend) back in the Spring and I got super excited to join. I’ve always wanted to try biking on the city streets, but grew up in the suburbs and never veered far from the sidewalks unless crossing the roads. To be fair, Toronto isn’t the most bike-friendly city (good luck finding dedicated bike lanes!), so the idea of biking on the city streets of Seattle was much less intimidating.
For the first couple months, I wasn’t sure if I wanted to commit to this sport. See, I have slight commitment issues when it comes to physical activities and my infatuations never last more than 4 months before I get bored and want to try something new. With bikes being on the pricier end of the equipment spectrum, I wanted get my feet wet with a few 30k+ rides before taking the plunge to invest in a bike of my own. To start, I borrowed a friend’s race bike and was a little spoiled by the lightweight beauty.
Buying a bike as an adult was such a different experience than as a kid. I remember my childhood and always having a hand-me-down bike from one of my siblings. It was awesome because I loved their taste in aesthetics as a kid and would be patiently waiting for them to outgrow their bikes. When it came to buying my own bike, I really only had a couple requirements:
1. MUST be multi-geared – none of this fixie business… there are too many hills in Seattle and my jelly thighs aren’t quite ready for that
2. Minimalist frame design – the less logos and colours = the better! This is a lot more challenging than you’d think…
3. Under 30lbs – I have a tendency to take “scenic detours” (aka where I sometimes get lost) and end up on some path that has stairs and I need to be able to carry this thing!
After a lot of debating, I ended up splurging on a Torker (similar) because it met all 3 of my requirements and didn’t break the bank as badly as the other bikes that I was swooning over. I never thought I’d become one of those people who falls in love with the frame of a bike, but I definitely fell hard for some of the bikes – that were wayyy out of my price range- that friends linked me to. Can I interest you in this “Bianchi Green” number, a Bianchi by Gucci (holy $$$$!!!), or a classic Redline? See what I mean about beautiful bikes?
bike: Torker (similar) (I guess this is technically an article you’d wear? haha)
pullover hoodie: Brandy ♥ Melville (exact)
jeans: Joe’s (similar, similar pair on sale)
peep-toe flats: Franco Sarto (exact, via OnlineShoes)
utility pack: c/o Chrome (exact)
If you’ve ever wondered what a typical Sunday morning looks like for me, this would be it! I absolutely love being comfortable for short errand-running rides, and this day was no different. My favourite thing about this outfit is the fact that you can’t tell the utility pack is stuffed with my cheque-book-sized wallet (it’s seriously a BRICK!), giant handful of keys, cellphone, and half a chocolate bar. This bag really holds everything tightly together and I never have to worry about losing anything because of the bazillion strips of velcro!
P.S. I usually wear a helmet, promise!