Trek Women
April 21, 2008

Bicycles and birthdays...

Red_wheels Bicycles and birthdays go together. Maybe because they’re both special. My first bike was a present for my fourth birthday from my grandparents. It was red with big, fat red tires. Looking at that photo, I can almost hear the sound of my training wheels flying over cracks in the sidewalk -– a metallic-y kachunk, kachunk, kachunk.

When I got old enough to ride the few blocks to school, I remember worrying that the other kids were going to make fun of me because my bike was different. Red tires? No one in the entire school had red tires. But then it dawned on me, no one else had a bike with red tires and that made me special. My grandparents gave me a gift greater than my first bike. They gave me the courage to be different and go my own way. 

Yesterday was my birthday. I didn’t get a new bike (where would I put it??). And, it wasn’t all that extraordinary (unless you consider steam-cleaning your carpets extraordinary). But it was special nonetheless with calls and cards from my family and dinner with Jen, Russ and Wayne.

The older I get, the more I realize how important it is to just feel good about being me, whatever size, whatever shape. I’m a red tire kind of woman.

Comments

Happy Birthday Trek Woman!!! Hmmmm... if only I'd known - I would have sent you a shiny bell - *that* was always a coveted present to go with the new bike when you were a kid.
-Jen :)

Posted by: Jen | Apr 21, 2008 6:56:30 PM

I'm digging the basket with those plastic flowers - wonder how that would look on my road bike? Seems like a good place to put snacks. Hahaha.

How cool would it be though if Bontrager made color tires for mountain, hybrid and/or leisure bikes. I would buy them in a heartbeat. A green Lime with green tires, sweet!
Maybe they already do it... I'll have to google.

Laura

Posted by: Laura | Apr 22, 2008 8:30:29 AM

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