Now some of you may say, "But Kara, didn't you just get yourself a new bike for your 30th birthday?" To which I reply by putting my finger gently on your lips and saying, "shhhh..."
I have learned from many a chic bicyclist that there is no shame in owning multiple bikes. Really, if you think I have lost it, you should blame these amazing bike blogs:
- Let's go ride a bike
- Girls and Bicycles
- Lovely Bicycle! (Her Eustacia Vye was a big inspiration for my Adelaide.)
- London Cycle Chic
- my hyggelig
- Copenhagen Cycle Chic
And just so you think I'm not completely frivolous, I should say a lot of time and thought went into this decision. First of all, Adelaide has 5 gears and skinnier tires. This will help me attack the hills better around SLC. Also she's a large size frame (22.5"), which helps fit my height of 6 feet better. She comes equipped with built-in lights so I can ride safely ride in the dark, a fully-enclosed chain case that prevent my pants from getting caught in the chain, and has fenders and a skirt guard to keep the mud at bay. Plus, she has a wicker basket that, as my bike guy says, "could carry a whole litter of puppies."
In addition to all the specs that make Adelaide a great bike, there is of course an emotional factor to the decision. She is a hand-built British bicycle with a classic, almost vintage design. When we are riding, I can picture us in the English countryside circa 1930s--she's wearing her basket, I'm wearing tweed. As silly as that is, it's a thought that makes me happy.
As for the name, Adelaide. It came from my new favorite BBC series "Lark Rise to Candleford." (If you love British television costume dramas, then get thee to a Netflix.) When I heard the name, it seemed perfect for my darling Pashley girl.
So yes, I am the girl that went from learning how to ride a bike a year and half ago to owning two bikes. Life is funny like that.