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Beautiful bicycle quest ‘010!

Posted on: Sunday, February 21, 2010

Mood: seasonal affective disorder?
Music: Ze Wintry Olympeaks


the object of my affection, the Pashley Princess Sovereign


So, I’m right in the middle of a feverish (as in it’s sort of driving me mad) search for a new bicycle.  I have a bike now, a shiny silvery mountain bike, but we’ve grown apart since she came to live with me four years ago.   Last spring, I started to crave a more simple, fun bicycle experience instead of an aggressive, exercise-y one.

At first, I thought I might like one of those new-fangled cruisers all the kids are talking about…

the Electra Gigi



I knew I wanted a cute bike with an upright ride, a comfy seat, a little bell, fenders, a basket and at least three gears…all for under three hundred dollars 🙂  My expectations may be the, how do you say, unrealistic? I scoured craigslist and asked friends to ask around for sweet deals.

Not content to leave well enough alone, I kept researching and found the wonderful blog, Let’s Go Ride a Bike. Unfortunately, the sage advice of Dottie and Trisha, the blog’s authors, proved to be my undoing, budget-wise.  Both of them had an interest in well-made, much more expensive bicycles and my dreams of cheap, third-hand cruisers were replaced with better dreams filled with shiny, European, heirloom bicycles…

WorkCycles Oma

The WorkCycles Oma from Dutch Bike Co. Chicago


Unfortunately, these are just over $1500 new, which is waaaayyyyy more than I wanted to spend.  Even more unfortunately, these bikes touched me in a special, magical place where my obsessive crazy took over and wouldn’t let me rest until I possessed one of these lovely wonder bikes.

I was doing all right, coping with the giant, gorgeous bike-shaped hole in my heart, until a friend of mine Facebooked me this…

http://sfbay.craigslist.org/ad_for_a_pashley_princess

this bike is usually $1000 plus. i asked him if he’d ship, and he has more of them!!!! contact him if you wanna get in on this!

To which I replied…

OMG!!! Besides the Azor Oma, that is the other bike I’m totally in love with! Are you going to buy one too?

Fast forward a few hours and multiple confused emails later…my friend was working out how to get her new Pashley Princess Sovereign (see top picture) shipped to her house for like $500.  Bitch! I ended the day with nothing.  The guy only had the one bike and the rest of craigslist and ebay was a beautiful bike ghost town.

I’ve had the bad fever since then.  I’ve seen a couple of ok deals in the interim, but nothing to make me want to plunk down $500 (or more) that I don’t really have.  The good news is that I now know what I want can’t live without: a Pashley Princess Sovereign, a WorkCylces Azor Oma, or a Gazelle Toer Populair.  So if any of y’all know someone, put in a good word for me?  Pretty please?

I know I’ll find something, eventually, but it hardly matters at the moment.  It’s a winter wonderland right now and not exactly inspiring, new bike weather.  But winter can’t last forever (right?) and me and my new bike will be ready for a super-fun spring whenever it decides to get here.

Is there a special little bicycle in your life?  What springtime shenanigans are you looking forward to?

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