oh how i love this bike. because the minute i get on it, i am 6 years old again and discovering my own sense of freedom. discovering my own pace. learning how to be independent and make choices about where to go and how fast to go and how to get there. choices that could keep me safe or put me at risk. discovering the world around me and what it's like to navigate it all on my own. putting cards in the spokes and listening to the clicking sound as the wheel spins. ringing the bell that was strapped to the handlebar. watching the plastic streamers that we used to put in the ends of the handlebars, flow in the wind.

every time i get on this bike, i go right back there. and it's fun. it's so fun.