Ode to boys (and girls) on bikes.

To all the fixsters, my favorite boys. Daredevils with no brakes, weaving through traffic like a kamikaze bat out of hell. Braving the Tallahassee hills without gears, battling a single speed. Too hip for water bottle holders, back racks or proper brakes – you sacrifice it all for the simplicity of your metal frame. Your sleek fixed gears like an extension of your soul.

To the road bike women with big baskets and tiny frames, hair knotted back in messy buns. You leave a certain breeze when you pedal by; reminding pedestrians what a proper lady looks like. Geeky boys on mountain bikes gawk as you blow past them – eat your heart out!

To the boy cruising past stadium this morning on his sexy yellow frame, undaunted by his business button-down and fancy slacks. His shiny leather shoes wedged into the cages of his pedals, undoubtedly scuffed – but that mattered not to this dedicated cyclist. Required business attire won’t damn him to the all-too-simple conveniences of a car.

To everyone hauling up White Street, or any other killer hill. Yes, that’s me pumping my fists and cheering you on as you slowly urge your bike onwards. I love to play ‘Spot the Roomie’ on my drive home; here’s to the thrill of catching a glimpse of Skyla as she speeds through traffic, red-faced and determined. Warriors of the road, reminding cars that yes, we are a part of the traffic flow.

To anyone who has been hit by an negligent driver, which is pretty much every serious cyclist I know. To Juan and everyone else wise enough to decide that maybe helmets aren’t so bad after all. Of course, to the ghost bikes, and the innocent spirits memorialized with the white spray-painted frames that dot busy Tallahassee intersections.

Hell, here’s to all you kids on beach cruisers – may the bike god bless your souls. Comfy as that wide seat may be, I can’t help but chuckle as you struggle up the rising campus terrain. To sorority girls in flip-flops, bare feet slipping from their pedals. You look so cute as you curse your concrete-scraped toes – try real shoes next time! At least you’re making an attempt.

Cheers to all you bicyclists – hip or nerdy, speeding past cars or barely wobbling forward. Road bikes, mountain bikes, fixed gears, beach cruisers and all. Here’s to your gorgeous neon frames, your color-coordinated handlebar tape, your disdain for kickstands, your undying love for your bikes.

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Author:Katie Boué

Katie Boué is the voice of TheMorningFresh.com - a travel lifestyle blog focusing on climbing, Airbnb life, and the outdoors.

10 Comments on “Ode to boys (and girls) on bikes.”

  1. September 30, 2010 at 11:39 am #

    I somehow stumbled upon your blog today, noticing you posted something about bicycles. (I am one of those cyclists who weaves through the sidewalks, crossing streets and taking short cuts through parking lots haha). I love your style, I can’t get enough of all the juicy details. I’ll look foreard to more posts!

    • September 30, 2010 at 12:04 pm #

      Thank you Alyssa! I’ve checked out your blog as well, and love all the inspiring images and art you feature. This looks like the beginning of a beautiful mutual blog love.

  2. dena harrington
    September 30, 2010 at 5:16 pm #

    Loved this Katie! Wonderfully descriptive, a pleasure to read and put a smile on my face.

    • September 30, 2010 at 5:23 pm #

      Thank you, Dena! Your comments on my posts always put a smile on my face.

  3. September 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm #

    This was great!

    You should write to all the people that steal bikes one day for my sake :/

    • September 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm #

      hah, that sounded grim. :D

    • October 3, 2010 at 4:18 pm #

      Oh no! That’s a sad thing to hear. What kind of a lock did you have? I’ve heard that the only truly reliable kind is a U-Lock.

      • October 5, 2010 at 3:39 am #

        Yeah.. you must be right because mine was the flexible kinda.. albeit a good one nonetheless. When I get a back again I’ll be sure to use the U lock. ;)

  4. Dad
    October 2, 2010 at 7:00 am #

    Bike riding expresses a certain freedom akin to sailing. It’s just you and the world, without the limitations of a motorized contraption. Nothing’s purer. Thanks for sharing. I especially liked the variety of bikers.

    • October 3, 2010 at 4:20 pm #

      Thanks for your feedback! I love the vastly differing buffet of bikers that can be found throughout Tallahassee. It’s interesting to think about all the different relationships people have with their bicycles.

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