Love notes to current (and future) bikes

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Off and on for a while now, I’ve been in a few 100-word writing groups. They work like this: one person writes 100 words exactly about whatever they like. They email them to the group. The next person, using the first 100 words as inspiration, writes their 100 words, sending them along. And so on. Their purpose is to help spur creativity, encourage low-stakes writing, and build a writing community.

My writing teacher Edvige Giunta introduced me to this idea, and last night co-ran the eighth annual 100-word Reading Marathon in honor of Valentine’s Day. People were invited to register and share their 100-word pieces, all about love.

Sadly, I couldn’t attend. But, I wrote three 100-word pieces, all dedicated to bikes. I’d like to share them with you.

Ode to the road… bike

You know I love you. Yeah, I tried others, test-riding all over town.  But you— that first ride sealed the deal. We’ve been inseparable ever since. Steel is real and so are my feelings.

We’ve had our ups and downs. Scratches and replacement parts for you, shoulder surgery for me. But we’re still here. You’re always my go-to bike for an easy spin around town, coffee rides, errands.

Change is coming.  A new bike will be joining us. It doesn’t mean I love you any less. You’re going anywhere. But life is all about change. I think we’ll be okay.

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