My living room looks like a bike shop at the moment. I am staring 7 bikes and when the hubby gets home it will be 8. Only two are mine and I haven't decided yet if I'll keep the Biomega.
This is how I found my way to slow bikes and cycle chic. My hubby is a cyclist of the fixie variety. Not all of his bikes are fixed gear but he is a rolled up pant leg kinda guy. He loves bikes. He wants to make bikes his career in fact. I am not really a bike girl. I do however hate to drive and think that bikes are a fantastic way to get around. I am also a fashion designer or at least I was until my daughter was born.
I find that it is much easier to talk to the hubby about bikes when I can talk about how beautiful they are and how graceful the lines are. I am not so much into derailleurs and whatnot. I also find it much more interesting looking at what people are wearing on their bikes than how fast they are going. I also prefer not to sweat. Now I don't feel like a freak for liking to take my time when I am riding. There are others who enjoy slow cycling. Yay!
Now the catch is that I do live in L.A. Cycling here is scary. The hubby has been in more accidents than I'd like. Cars will hit cyclists. I am trying to get over the fear. It is my understanding that adults don't have to wear helmets here, but I am not sure I'll be able to feel safe without one. We'll see how that goes. Helmets are certainly not chic, even though mine is pretty awesome. Mine is the rainbow striped one hanging from my Townie.
So now I have a new way to look at riding a bike. All I need is a more L.A. friendly bike and a way to transport my daughter Miss S. I am going to be taking my camera out to see all the chic cyclists I can. Should be quite an adventure.