Will you just look at this bike? I bought it five years ago from a guy on Craigslist, and in the past five years, I’ve loved it more than any bike I’ve ever owned.

It’s a 1990 Peugeot. I bought it in well-loved condition, with the original parts, but decided to convert it to a single-speed. (Not a fixed gear; I can still coast on this bike, which is something I do a lot of!) Now it also sports a green front tire, purple handlebar tape, a Brooks saddle, and a pink chain. Sometimes I feel like maybe it’s not a bike meant for a woman about to enter her 30s, but I really can’t imagine replacing it right now.

Yes, I know you can’t see it very well in my header image up there. I know I’m blocking the view. But the other day, I had a couple of beers before hopping on the trail to ride home, and the sun was shining, and the weather was beautiful, and my ride was amazing, and when I got home, I really just wanted to take a picture with my bike. So I did. (Thank goodness for great cameras, tripods, and remotes.)

Here’s a better look, anyway, from an Instagram shot I took last year:

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A lot of people who find out how much bike commuting I do think that it’s crazy, and that it must take a lot of resolve & commitment to ride (almost) every day. But with the right bike, it’s really not bad at all. This one is so lightweight, and zippy, and awesome, it’s really no work at all to get on it pretty regularly. Riding this bike on beautiful nature trails is 100x better than the driving commute I’d otherwise have to & from work.

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God, I love this bike. <3