I sold my bicycle today. Yes. My pretty, hardy, and sturdy cruiser has been sold to a Vancouverite who will be moving to live with her soon-to-be husband in St. Catherines, Ontario. Her fiance was really kind and showed me pictures of her because he saw the pain in my eyes when I had to part with my darling bicycle. I’m grateful.

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My bicycle has gone through a lot with me. She has been in the rain, snow, and loads of sunshine. She travelled all the way on the road to Eglinton, The Junction, and Toronto Island. I would bike everywhere with my darling. If it’s a slight drizzle, bikie will glide through the wet puddles with me. There was once, after a session with my yoga teacher in Queen West and before I could get out onto Dundas Street, the rain clouds burst open and a torrential rainstorm happened. It took me longer than usual to cycle home because my vision was blurred and even with my rainjacket, I paddled home slowly, soaking wet by the time I got to my apartment. In winter time, she breezed through snow like a pro, and even I was surprised at her ability to do so. This last season though, she did slip on black ice, but thankfully we were both safe.

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I love you, Bikie. So much. So much that I might have embarrassed you at the start by fixing a horn on you and taking your normal bell out because I wanted you to be cooler. You might not have thought the same, but you definitely got used to the idea of me honking the horn. And you might have thought I was ridiculous to dress you up with flowers, but you looked really pretty. No lies — the truth.

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Bikie, you have gone through so much with me, and I’m so thankful for your friendship — transporting me to so many places and helping me lug my weekly groceries home. You will be fondly missed by me, and I hope that your new owner treats you well.

A picnic at Trinity Bellwoods Park — Toronto, Canada

Goodbye, Bikie.

Love you always,
C