02 November 2015

hello there

new bike

Remember when I blatantly lied and said I would be posting more often? It was completely unintentional, but I have to say I was busy having the best damn summer I've ever had as an adult. It's pretty much lasted for all of the spring and well into the fall. It was just that good. And if you follow me on Instagram you'll know that Rich and I got married 2 weeks ago. So many exciting things to share about that coming soon.

During that time I had a lot of feelings about blogging and most of them were pretty negative. Blogging was supposed to be this outlet for creativity, just a fun hobby where I could connect with fashion minded friends. And reading blogs was an alternative to the unattainable and glossy world of magazines. It felt like a community. Now that advertising has taken over the blogging world almost all of my favorite bloggers have either quit or gone full-time professional. While I'm happy for their success, I just don't feel that I relate to most of them anymore. Only a few have managed to make it their full time gig without alienating their audience (Erin, I'm looking at you, you magical unicorn). I decided that I want to keep blogging, but I will tell you right now, I can't keep up with the pros and I kind of just have to acknowledge that to anyone still reading.

In other news, I got a new bike! It's a Brooklyn Bike Co. 7 speed Willow model. A Dutch-style commuter bike, I use it daily for my commute to the train and on weekends to run errands in town. Its the first brand-new never been ridden bike I've had in the past 15 years, and I'm surprised at how much I love it. I would highly recommend this to anyone looking for a new daily rider, and especially for someone who isn't very confident in traffic (that's me now since the bike accident! SO WEIRD).

Its got a very upright seat with a smoother ride than you'd expect from such a lightweight bike. Since I live in an almost comically flat area, I can't tell you how it would do on hills, but its a beast when I'm breaking the rules and riding up the boardwalk ramp. I haven't had to make many modifications to it either. For safety reasons I've attached a headlight and taillight. Its also got really great balance I just swing my bag over my shoulder and go, so eventually I'll get a basket but its still great without one. My only complaint is that it only has hand brakes rather than a combination of coaster and hand brakes but I guess I can't have everything.
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