My new custom bike takes its first ride around town.
I can’t remember a time in my life when I didn’t have a bike. As a kid, my bike was my pride and joy. It started with my first tricycle, red with white grips and tassels. Being a fan of Pee-wee’s Big Adventure, I was convinced that I had a mini version of his bike. Since that tricycle, I had a number of bikes, and I loved each one. As an adult, I purchased my first bike in college. It had to be red, since I still had the Pee-wee adoration going on. Rather than a cruiser, I went for a BMX since it was smaller. I was so proud of that ride. After 13 years, I still have that red Hoffman with blue and white star grips. It’s still fun to ride around on, but not the most comfortable. I decided that my beloved Hoffman would be returned to its former glory and given away for some other person to enjoy. With that choice came my new love, my own Pee-wee style cruiser. This is pretty much my dream bike and I feel very fortunate to know that someone felt I was worthy of deserving such a spectacular creation. My love for low riders, Pee-wee and vintage aesthetics were perfectly melded to make one majorly rad ride. The initial paint job was green with gold glitter, but changes had to be made. Now, the green and silver glitter frame has been topped off with chromed out rims, shiny new fenders, super high handle bars and a mirror. There will probably be some baskets and bells added eventually, but its still beautiful. What makes this bike even more special is where it came from. My husband had this frame, sanded and primed, sitting in his shed for years, waiting for a lady that would appreciate it. And how I do! More than the physical bike itself, the thought and care behind the making of it is beyond meaningful to me, an act that I will forever cherish and hold with great gratitude.