My neighborhood is not exactly car-friendly, but I’ve been managing for the past few years either driving or walking everywhere I need to go. A few months ago, though, my husband convinced me there was a better way – biking. He had purchased a bike for me years ago that I’d ridden all of twice and he offered to fix it up for me – change the handlebars such that I could ride upright, add some baskets – really make it a neighborhood errands type of bike. He embarked on this project, and after a lot of time and effort, I had a great bike that I was thrilled to ride around.
But of course, fate (and a little bit of our own stupidity) struck. We store the bikes in our condo building’s garage, which we’d thought was very secure. People left their stuff lying around all the time, and they (and we) rarely locked up our bikes when they were in the garage because we thought they’d be fine – we knew our neighbors would never take them. But a group of people broke into the garage one night, stealing, along with our bikes, a couple of motorcycles and someone’s fancy, shiny, expensive tires.
I was very upset. I’d finally gotten to a point that I was riding my bike regularly, only to have it taken from me. Not to mention, we’d put a lot of time and effort into fixing up my bike, and I hate that it was taken away just as I was beginning to enjoy it! But, looking at the bright side, my husband pointed out that the bike wasn’t perfect. He said that I’d probably want to replace it in a couple of years anyways, and though we were forced into the situation, it wasn’t all bad. Therefore, we started looking online for the perfect bike. And I fell in love.
It took weeks for my Civia Loring to arrive at the store – it was a special order because no one really carries it in the store. I originally wanted it in a light green, but Civia sent the black by mistake. While the store was determined to fix it, I decided that I actually really like the classic look of the black and am keeping it!
We have ordered a bamboo crate to go on the rear rack, so I’ll have plenty of storage space. While the front rack is great, it won’t hold more than a small purse and a small bag of library books. The bamboo fenders are also a nice touch, meaning I can ride around while it’s wet without having to worry about getting splashed. And notice the wonderfully secure U-Lock that sits behind the seat (which is a Brooks leather saddle, one of the best out there). I’ll definitely be locking this baby up.
I absolutely love the upright riding position of the bike, and the step-through frame means I won’t have a problem riding it while wearing a skirt or dress! It’s such a comfortable ride and is beautifully constructed. I will never say that I’m glad my old bike was stolen, because that is such a frustrating and upsetting situation, but my gorgeous Civia Loring certainly helps ease the pain!