2CYCLE (part 1: beginnings)

after YEARS of hemming and hawing,

here she is in all her white glory:

white giant

it's a GIANT hybrid [road + mountain] 21 speed.
i've been adding my "personal touches" here and there since i brought it home; come ride with me if you want to see! (OR, more likely, just wait till i develop my next roll of film... only 5 shots left on this roll so not much longer.)

thought i'd share some bike related stuffs in celebration of this happy happy bike day!

(cue music: THE FEAST! by ENTER SHIKARI )

my first bike was purple. not even purple... it was lavender. a hand me down. the tiniest bike ever!! even though i must've been only 7 or 8 it still felt like a tiny bike. it was either a huffy or a tuff nuff. i had white grips with streamers (but i cut them off) and a white plastic basket in front. i learned to ride it on roosevelt high school track, which was across the street from my house. the good old days of dirt track... it was more like learning bmx/moto cross because of the huge pot holes in the track. bonus: when it rained it became an awesome moat. obviously, white handlebars didn't stay white long.

here's what the field looks like:
from the higher up images it's under construction. if you zoom in closer you can see the new field completed.

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before the purple bike i'm pretty sure i had a tricycle. it was like a bulky scooter because you could stand on the back and there were no brakes. weeee!

my next bike, also a hand me down, was a silver bike. i can't remember what brand although the word "fox" is coming to mind. it had coaster brakes and a front wheel hand brake (which i never ever used). i used this bike for yearssss, was my favorite! it was severely rusted but i helped my dad clean it up a little with some steel wool. also, it didn't have a kick stand so my dad frankensteined one from another bike my neighbor was getting rid of. it was super hard to move it because we had to bend it to fit on the bike properly, hahahaaa... some days, i wish i still had coaster brakes. so much fun to skid down the drive way (we used to live on the top of a small hill). i remember we bought new (OMG, not a hand me down!) black foam grips for this bike but since it was left out doors all the time it was disintegrating! your hand are all black after riding because the foam was crumbling. also, i had a red chain lock and the combination was 2-4-1-6. amazing the things you remember, no?

the next bike which i rode for only a year or so was a red-orange color bike (ANOTHER hand me down). it was a boy's bike, slightly bigger than my silver bike. i remember riding it and thinking, THIS IS CRAP. i went back to my too-small silver bike. we left this on the side of the road and it was gone the next day. hope it made some kid happy. :)

the next bike i rode wasn't really my bike. my mom had (has) a red and silver bike and it was the first adult bike i rode. i think it was a gift from a family friend, i just remember it came in the mail in a huge box... i had no idea they could mail things that big! it's some generic brand i 've never heard of. it had several gears (new to me!) and front and back wheel hand brakes. i went on most of my good adventures with this bike.

my silver bike goes dormant for some time while i enjoy the luxuries of multiple gears.

the farthest i ever went on a bike was from my old house (re: roosevelt high school) to kahala via mccully - university - kapahulu - around diamond head - and finally kahala. and then i had to ride back home. :P yes, it took me all day. and i wasn't even in high school yet! i don't think i've gone that far since then.

this turned out to be a super mega huge post,
so i'm breaking it up- stay tuned for part two!

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