JENNY’S YELLOW BIKE
The most powerful bike isn’t necessarily one that’s been ridden the fastest or the farthest.
The greatest bicycle is the one that inspires others to ride as well. The most powerful bicycle is the one that makes adults want to hop on and ride.
By that measure, the most powerful bicycle in our little neighborhood is my wife’s bright yellow Electra Dutch bike. It’s comfortable, easy to ride, rideable in street clothing and, above all, eye-catching and inspirational. Not a single day goes by without someone commenting on it. Shouting their approval. Commuters, contractors, fellow Moms, kids, and anyone else. It’s proof that riding a bike for fun or transportation doesn’t have to be such a big deal.
Jenny used to climb the West Side singletrack with the best of them. Then she rode from San Francisco to Los Angeles. And after all that, this is her favorite bike. That’s cred.
I read a nice article by the founder of Public Bicycles and he said, quite simply and profoundly, “pick a bike in a color that makes you smile.” Doesn’t much matter what else he said in that article, that line was enough. That line made me smile. Because that’s how we should approach everything in life.