Finally, My Bicycle

4 Dec

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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….

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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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