Finally, My Bicycle

4 Dec


I have a bicycle!!!!! And my Bicing season ticket has expired…perfect timing.

This is a big change in my life really. I feel like an adult now.

I’ve been going around with it (I gave it a name, of course: “Lighting”) for about a week. It’s very, very sweet. I love riding it…it’s FUN, fast, good. I always take the longest road to get to places, so I get to enjoy it more. To celebrate the good news my friend V. and I joined the Critical Mass group in Barcelona. What a fantastic idea: people who love bicycles get together once a month to conquer the city on two wheels. The experience of going through the biggest roads in the city, stopping traffic if necessary, it’s powerful. And everyone is having a good time. There’s all sort of people as well: fixie guys, business women with folding bikes, mountain bike freaks, and even guys and girls with Bicing! And this weird dude with a music stereo on the back of the bike playing tunes from the 90’s..(no kidding).

Regarding Lighting, it’s super sweet! I bought it for a very reasonable price at a local bicycle shop called Al Punt de Trobada in the middle of nowhere, in Poblenou. I was in the area because we are preparing a documentary there. It was such a nice image: there were three men working in the shop. One was like 80 years old (seriously), the other was about 40 and then there was a young guy. I went in because I wanted to get a business card, just to remember the shop and the young guy asked me if I needed any help…then I said I was actually looking for a bicycle and he showed me Lighting, said its price, and I was like: I’ll take it. I had found it. Then I tried and the frame was the right size, the brakes had the perfect fit, and it was sooo fast.

It has an Badalona frame, Alkon**. Italian handlebars (Cinelli) and bright blue Spanish forks (HB). Pretty, huh? My bicycle:)

Have a lovely week!


**Update: thanks to Joan, a reader who pointed out that Alkon is not American as I thought, but from Badalona, a city near Barcelona. Apparently Alkon has now moved to the town of Palafolls, 60km outside Barcelona. Maybe one day I’ll be able to visit the man who made Lighting….


11 Responses to “Finally, My Bicycle”

  1. Mauro 04/12/2011 at 19:54 #

    Critical Mass rocks and also your new bicycle! Really cool!!! How much was it? I ask you because Lighting seems very wonderful!
    Anyway… congrats for Lighting!

    • taaniit 04/12/2011 at 20:09 #

      Yeaaah!! it was really fun!! And beautiful Lighting only cost me a 100€!

  2. Martin Virtel (@mvtango) 04/12/2011 at 22:42 #

    Adulthood is not so bad. Nothing can stop you now, except for your own breaks.

    • taaniit 04/12/2011 at 22:54 #

      Yes! Adulthood is not as bad as they say..maybe a lil’ too fast:)

  3. Louis-Emmanuel Martinet 05/12/2011 at 10:58 #

    I know this feeling of having a new bike! So sweet!
    Sadly, mine went into the moving van, and I won’t see it for the next two years… During that time, I’ll buy a new one in my new city of Boston!

    • taaniit 05/12/2011 at 11:13 #

      Oooooohhh poor lonely bike!! But don’t worry, i think boston is pretty flat and good for riding:) good luck!!

  4. Joan 06/12/2011 at 12:04 #

    Hola, enhorabuena por tu bici! Buena compra, Alkon es una marca catalana (que yo sepa), antes estaban en Badalona , ahora esta en Palafolls. Se llama Tomas y es un gran profesional. Repara cuadros de aluminio, acero, titanio y carbono. A mi me reparó y pintó una Kona antigua, en color azul cielo. Puede interesarte conocer a la persona que seguramente creo tu bicicleta (Alkon Factory). Un saludo.

    • taaniit 06/12/2011 at 12:31 #

      Gràcies Joan! Especialment per la informació…no te perdó haver passat per alt l’origen de la marca alkon. En breu ho corregeixo! I crec que és una gran idea, pedalejar fins badalona i conèixer l’artista que ha fer el quadre de la bici! Investigaré! Gràcies per llegir bicycle porn.

    • taaniit 06/12/2011 at 15:54 #

      per cert! color blau cel és un dels meus fetitxes bicicleteros així que si t’animes envia la foto que la publicaré:)

  5. alejandro 07/12/2011 at 09:00 #

    hey! te vi!
    i see youXD!

    • taaniit 07/12/2011 at 10:00 #

      A mí o a la bici? O a las dos?:)
      Nice blog tienes, por cierto…

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