My first memory of riding a bike was when I was probably eight. My father had bought me this tiny bicycle with wheels on the side. The bike had a purple frame and white tires. My younger sister got a bright pink one soon after. We rode our bikes around the neighbourhood after school and we loved it. One day, my father decided it was time for us to ride the bike without the side wheels. I was terrified. I remember my younger sister not really having a problem with it. She was always the daredevil of the two of us. She went first without the side wheels and she rode off into the horizon at the first try. I on the other hand, I was so afraid to fall that I had to have my father hold the back of the bicycle for me a couple of times before I actually could ride on my own. I didn’t ride much years after and soon I relied heavily on the public transportation wherever I needed to go in the city. Which is odd. Being an
Amsterdam citizen almost means owning and riding a bicycle is a given. We ride bikes in this city, it’s all we ever do. Here cars actually yield. They’ll curse at you, sure, but they will ultimately make way for you and the dozen other cyclists waiting behind you. I dare even say cyclists are kings in Amsterdam. This has never been reason enough for me to start riding a bicycle again though. Nor the many times my friends have asked me why I still use the public transportation to get to the city center when it is more convenient going by bike. It was only after K had ordered his stunning matte black Cortina bicycle when I started looking into bikes again. Before I knew it, I was speaking Cortina. I started recognizing Cortina bikes everywhere in the city. It was clear that I had been living under a rock for years. Amsterdam had been taken over by Cortina bikes and these bikes had me under a spell as well.
Cortina bikes are all the rage these days, especially since Cortina is an upcoming Dutch brand. The bicycles are definitely hipster bicycles. If you see a hipster wearing Acne and limited edition copper Vans, chances are, they own a Cortina. I knew the bike I wanted needed to be perfect for my length. Nothing looks more clumsy than a girl struggling to get off her big bicycle. With my height, there was no way I was going to get a bike that was way bigger than I needed. After going back and forth between two models and doing some fitting at the local bicycle shop, I went with the U4 Transport in Jeans matte. This is the most beautiful hue of blue I have seen. From far, it looks black with a subtle hint of dark blue. I went with a kids’ bike, which was the right fit for me. The bike rides like heaven. It’s smooth and sits comfortably. I couldn’t stop looking at the gorgeous framework and copper detailing when it was delivered.
I have yet to ride my bike to anywhere but my backyard. And with the rain constantly falling, it may take me a while before I hop on the saddle and start pedalling. But one of these days I will. And I will fabulous doing so. That is, if I manage to keep myself on the bike without falling.
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