|Lily the 2011 Specialized Ariel|
Lily (nee Rose) entered my life in July 2011 when I decided that my then-current bicycle was too sluggish and heavy for the amount of riding I wanted to do. She quickly became my commuter, grocery getter, and general use bike. I have her outfitted with a basket, front fender, 600 lumen headlight (I can spotlight deer in the next county!), bell, mirror, rear rack, and a shopping pannier: you know, all the necessities for a commuter/shopping bike. She was my first non-big-box store bicycle and I'm never going back. I can ride fairly comfortably for fifty miles on her, but I don't think I'd want to do much more than that.
|Circe the 2012 Specialized Dolce Comp Compact|
Circe joined our happy family in February 2012. She's a 54cm road bike and was built for speed. She's my go-to bike for over-fifty mile rides and is decked out with a dropbar mirror and flame stickers which make her go faster! After a month in my home, I swapped out her plastic starter pedals for Shimano PD-M520 pedals and have fully embraced clipless riding.
|Kate the 2012 Trek Classic Ladies Cruiser|
|Beatrix the 2012 Public Bikes C8|
|CC the Schwinn Clear Creek hybrid|
My childhood and college-era bikes didn't have names and I don't have pictures of them. My first bicycle was a beautiful sparkly purple creation with a floral banana seat, streamers, and a white plastic basket covered in plastic flowers. I loved that bike so much and it was the perfect representation of freedom. I rode up and down packed dirt roads of Heth, AR, and down the two-lane highway to my grandmother's house a couple of miles away. I received a Honda Spree Scooter for my twelfth birthday and no longer needed a bike because I could go farther afield.
My college bicycle was maroon, silver, and gold. It was a "girl's" bike with a slanted top bar. Mom got it for me just before I left for my sophomore year of college and it lived on my sorority dorm's covered deck. The campus of the University of Southern Mississippi was fairly small and I didn't need a bike to get around, but it was the vehicle of choice for hanging out with my junior-year boyfriend. We put a lot of miles on our bikes riding around Hattiesburg, MS. Sadly, this bike was stolen shortly after I moved into my first apartment in Memphis, TN.
I've had two more bikes since then, but I don't remember anything about them. I purchased another bike in Memphis and it was stolen shortly after I moved into my second apartment. (Memphis is hard on bikes, I guess.) The next bike was a gift from a boyfriend and I rode it around our Herndon, VA, neighborhood. When we broke up and I moved into an apartment that I thought was too small for a bicycle (in hindsight, it really wasn't), I donated the bike to Goodwill.