I have been swooning, swooning, over my new bike – the Electra Amsterdam (which I just reviewed for Pet the Pretty Things). So much so that I keep it inside the flat, against a wall like a piece of art.
I’ve written in previous posts about how I don’t have a car nor do I go to a gym, instead relying on walking to get around and for exercise. However I have to add biking to that for now I’m getting to areas I couldn’t before and discovering a lot more of LA.
Example, this morning I finally made my way to Venice Beach. For years I’ve resisted going because it didn’t sound like a place I’d like to go and the hassle of parking always seemed far too much. But with an easy ride along the oceanside trails, I was there quickly and easily (and realised it wouldn’t have been worth the parking headache!).
I’m biking every morning now to my favourite coffee spot (Urth Cafe – a place I could before really only get to when I had the Flexcar) and also loading up my foldable side basket with groceries (with a reusable bag from Whole Foods of course). And I’m looking for any and every reason to bike anywhere else (and especially reason to ring my horn although truthfully, I still say, “beep beep.”)
Why it’s taken me over 3 years to get a bike in Santa Monica I’ll never know but the waiting paid off because I’ve found my perfect bike (complete with skirt guard – oh my) .