All of you readers out there who live and drive in Montreal can attest to how bad traffic is. I, personally, don’t own a car right now so public transportation is my main way of getting around the city. Although, I am growing tired of being in over crowded buses with a foul yet unique stench that looms in the thick air of my “ghetto limousine”. For the summer though, I wanted to switch it up, so I went and got myself a custom fixie.
I have wanted a fixie for over 2 years and recently I finally took the plunge and bought one from a bike company called Big Shot Bikes . They have stores all over the U.S, but (because I live in Montreal) I ended up getting mine shipped from their Colorado store. When you go on their site, it’s pretty cool because you can customize and choose the color scheme and bike structure yourself right there on the site. I decided to go with the all white bike.
I call my bike “The White Knight”, because I am black and the bike is all white hence the name. I tell you what though, when that bike was delivered to my house, I felt like I was six and it was Christmas day all over again. I take care of this bike like it’s a car. I clean it, make sure the chain has enough oil … trust me, I am looking after her. If this bike was my girl, let me tell you she would be bragging to her friends on how good I treat her.
After a little orientation period, I said you know what, my baby needs an upgrade so I went out and got new Aerospoke rims. I went over to the bike store here in Montreal called Velo iBike. They were super friendly and helpful in the process of getting the rims.
I have to admit though this bike does get some attention, but a lot of the time its the attention that I am really looking for. Everytime I go to a park (mostly downtown) I get approached by bums. They always want to talk about the bike, want to touch it… I just don’t understand. It’s as if my bike has some connection with bums that, I guess, I will never understand.
I love sunny days so much more now that I have this bike. On days it doesn’t rain, I ride to work everyday. The only time I take the bus now is when it rains or if I am going somewhere that I can’t bring my bike inside. So now I can take in the fresh air, and not the hot smell in the packed buses. Montreal hooked it up nice for people out here biking. There are paths in a lot of the boroughs as well as downtown. I can even jump on a bike path from my neighborhood that takes me all the way downtown to where my office is. Seems like a lot of people are getting in on this bike scene. Not only are you saving on gas, your also saving on paying for a bus pass. And if you don’t want to buy your own, you can get a Bixi pass $80CAD for the year.
A Bixi bike for all who don’t know is a bike you can rent at any of the bike stations located around the city. A lot of people are taking advantage of the good weather, and the exercise your getting.
This bike is my summer fling, I know at some point I will have to put her away for the winter but I will enjoy it till then. This bike is like my luxury sports car. I highly suggest you take out your bike, even if its a bixi, and just go out and enjoy a ride.
Shout out to my boy Hovey for the pics.