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bike babe fantasies

Officially, I know how to ride a bicycle. I learned as a kid and spent some time tooling around my parents’ yard growing up, but I was never really much of a rider. I then proceeded to not ride for many, many years. They say you never forget how to ride a bike…but you can definitely get very rusty. I’ve taken one or two extremely wobbly rides in the past few years, so my bike skills are pretty close to zero. And yet…the warm weather always gets me hankering to hop on a bike.

When there’s a warm breeze, I can’t help but picture myself perched atop a pastel-colored bike, cruising down the road. Maybe some sparkly streamers on the handles blowing in the breeze? A little bell to go “ting ting!” to warn people that I’m coming.

I don’t think I’d ever become a bike commuter or serious rider (I’m way too sweaty and too lazy for that), but my local farmer’s market is just far enough away to be a bit more of a walk than I’d like but close enough that it feels silly driving there when it’s nice out. It’d be nice to take some leisurely rides around the neighborhood.

This gal is obviously having a fabulous time, and looking adorable while doing it!

Of course, I really don’t know anything about bikes, apart from vague fantasies of a white wicker basket filled with flowers. What kind do I really need? What stuff do I really need? How do I protect my brainparts without totally ruining my hair??? I’d love advice from any cycliss who follow me. How does an adult lady learn to stop worrying and love the atomic bomb bicycle?

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  1. Reply
    Vanessa
    June 7, 2017 at 1:32 am

    I’m a very large girl and I got nervous about riding a bike again after going so long not doing it. I’m well over the 220-270lb limit of most dept store bikes so I went looking for one that would work for me, just for riding around town. I found a post for plus-sized bike advice and this is clearly not a comment on you but this post helped me a lot and so I hope it helps you too! Not just for a plus-sized person, either, it gives lots of good advice on what to look for, esp in terms of frame style, tires and seat.
    http://chicargobike.blogspot.com/2013/05/youre-not-too-heavy-to-ride-bike.html

    I ended up with one of the Worksman bikes and it was about $700 (kinda a lot but hopefully it’ll be the only bike i need for the future). A lot of that was upgrades I needed for the amount of extra weight, like a bigger seat, better tires and a brake upgrade. I don’t think you need any of that at all so they’re $369 base.

    I hope it helps!

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      Penny Snark
      June 7, 2017 at 7:22 pm

      This is super helpful, thank you so much! A bike that’s the right fit is definitely something I’m a little “ah??” about, especially since I’m also tall, so I’ll definitely make use of these tips 🙂

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    SJ
    June 7, 2017 at 2:23 am

    i hope you don’t mind me venturing in as a male fan: I’m not who you were asking assistance of, but might have something of note.

    I am a big fan of the Tweed Ride. It isn’t pin-up, no, but it is an organized group of likeminded people. There is a Milwaukee Tweed Ride as well. They will be a wealth of information.

    I will say that a helmet that works will mess your hair up; that being said, there are amazingly awesome helmets out there. The one time I used a helmet, my ER doctor said it may not have saved my life, per se, but it absolutely “saved my life as I knew it”.

    It might be best to find a way to style your hair for the helmet when you go a-cycling. The only analogy I can find is that I need to find a classically styled suit that can incorporate a heavy belt, my pistol, badge and cuffs (detective). It just means no double breasted suits and no European waist cuts.

    I would love to see you pursue this endeavour though.

    1. Reply
      Penny Snark
      July 25, 2017 at 10:58 am

      Ack, sorry for the super late response – I just found a bunch of comments that had been incorrectly caught in a spam trap! Thanks for the recommendations…I’ve seen other bloggers post about Tweed Rides & loved the aesthetic – I didn’t realize there was one near me! I will definitely have to check it out!

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