When my coworker explained to me how she rode her bike to work, that’s when the bug bit. It was the end of summer in 2011, so I couldn’t really do anything about it at the time, but as soon as spring rolled in early here in New York this year, the idea re-awoke in my mind. On a sunny day, I took my trusty little steed out of her pen and cleaned her off, checked the tires and the breaklines, and went for my first bike ride of the year. I rode, and as I rode I wondered, could this bike take me all the way to Manhattan? Would I want it to?
Maybe I could have, but damn if a little pique of acquisitiveness didn’t come along when I saw the Trek WSD series – bikes designed just for women? Bikes designed for commuting, with comfortable seats and plenty of gears to help tackle those hills? (Let’s ignore for a moment that I needed to actually be taught how to use those gears, since I’d never had a bike with more than three.) A shiny new bike for my shiny new endeavor? Yes please.
I fell hard for the Trek Allant. Clean lines, cream-colored like my Roadmaster but sexier, more put together. The college-educated dame to my rough-and-tumble broad. I bought my bike one sunny afternoon in Bed-Stuy because they had my frame size in stock and fifteen minutes after the very nice salesguy delivered it to my house, I took her out for a spin. I remember riding down 41st street, as the hill gently rolled down towards Tenth Avenue, and hearing a guy on the sidewalk laugh at the huge grin on my face. I was totally in love.