My First Bike

Screenshot 2015-07-11 13.39.23Last weekend E and I set out on a mission… to buy my first bike! Exciting {and totally terrifying!}.

We ventured out to Broadway in the rain, first stopping in at MEC, then making our way through each bike store. I wasn’t sure what I was looking for, other than I really didn’t want a red bike {not really a fan of red!}. I was immediately pretty overwhelmed with the different types and leaned on E to help steer me in the right direction.

We ended up at The Bike Doctor. The guys there were great, super personable and more than willing to help find ‘the one.’ I was very much dead set on just buying a bike and getting out of the store as quickly as possible. I know that buying a bike shouldn’t be scary, but although I wanted the freedom, I’m totally terrified of riding on the road, getting hit by a car and all that other jazz.

E and The Bike Doctor guys told me that I needed to take one for a test ride. SAY WHAT? Yep, they wanted me to ride around the block. I’m sure I looked at E with crazy eyes and a ‘you’ve got to be joking me‘ but I eventually agreed to it. I’ve been on a bike a few times over the past few years, but only cruiser bikes and only on the seawall. This bike would be my first adult bike!

I don’t know what I thought would happen when I got on the bike. Maybe I would fall off? Hit a car? Hit a person? Embarrass myself? I have no idea. But it was stressful getting on the bike… and you know what, once I had biked like 10 feet, I was like oh right, I know how to bike. Re-learning simple life things at 30 is a bizarre feeling. Your adult brain says you can’t do it. Your child brain and muscle memory says — hell yes, you can do it!!

I took a couple of bikes for a spin around the block and eventually decided on the Devinci Stockholm — a performance hybrid bike perfect for spinning from the ‘hood to the beach and more. We picked out a helmet, sweet matchy matchy orange fenders {we live in rainy Vancouver yo!}, a bike lock and we were done! And exhausted!

Huge thanks to E and the crew at The Bike Doctor. Appreciate your patience x 100.

See you on the road! xo




  1. […] buying my first bike, I’ve gone on a few rides. The first being the ride from the bike store back to my place. […]

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