You may remember the Balsamic Pasta post a couple months back. It was more about marriage than it was about a recipe. It was about how we forgot to have fun together—a simple revelation that we came by the hard way. We found that carefree fun again between a couple of red paddles and a ping pong table from Craigslist. We also found it after renting bikes to trek around the city with out-of-town friends. Afterwards, we decided a set of wheels would be another good investment in us. Brilliant sent over his and hers bikes. (Thank you Brilliant!) We’re in love. On all fronts.
For the past three of summers, we’ve spent a week in Long Beach Island, NJ with my extended family. At least a couple times a trip, I steal away on bike at top speed, which I have no business doing because my coordination is entirely unpredictable. I’m not escaping my family. I’m escaping adulthood, for a moment. It’s the only time I like my hair knotted to a tangle. I don’t care to drive with the windows down. I still do no hands and no feet like I mastered on my pink Huffy mountain bike in the fifth grade. There’s just something about riding a bike that makes me feel entirely free. Though, for a lot of years you couldn’t pay me to get on a bike. Too many seasons spent rehabbing my knee from soccer injuries took all the joy out of it. Now it reminds me that my knees work and that I’m not as old as the number of grey hairs in my head. But mostly it reminds me that I’m still her. I’m plenty adult now, but there’s still a fifth grade her in my bones. It comes out above two wheels and a creamy milk chocolate seat. She’s carefree. Just as I remember her.
From now until December 31, 2015, Brilliant is offering $50 off your bike order with the code FAUXMARTHA50. Yes! #ridebrilliant
Why we love Brilliant Bikes? They’re minimal yet classic in design. Every bike comes with ultra durable vinyl handles and a color palette that makes my eyes sing. They’re affordable and light weight. Even I can carry the bike. Along with their speedy arrival in the mail, is an email with video assembly instructions and a soundtrack for your pleasure. We love Brilliant and feeling like kids again. Speaking of, they just launched a kids line.
DETAILS. His Bike: 3-speed Astor in steel blue. Her Bike: 3-speed Mayfair in simply white.
PS—If you find yourself in Minneapolis with a bike (or a car), preferably in the warmer months, check out my 24 hour city guide on Design Sponge, and wear your stretchy pants.
I love Brilliant Bikes! I’ve been following them on social and love what they’re doing. I, personally, have a Public bike, but hoping to get my guy one from Brilliant Bikes, soon!
These are gorgeous bikes! I would love to get out biking more often!
Those bikes are fantastic. And I loved your Minneapolis city guide. I’m a pretty recent transplant, and there were many things I agree with you wholeheartedly (Hola Arepa, Wild Rumpus) and others that have jumped to the top of my to-do list (I’m ashamed to say I haven’t’ been to Revival yet).
I think I could eat at Hola every other night (and not eat at all on the off days from being full). So good! As is Revival. The wait is long, but you’ll soon find out the reason. Did I miss any of your favorites? There’s so many places we’ve yet to discover.
This looks like so much fun! Nothing better than a bicycle to bring out your inner child 🙂 Can’t wait to check these beautiful bikes out!
Amen! I may have to buy a face mask so I can bike through the winter. It’s total therapy.
yay for biking! i’ve biked to work every day for the last 5 years and it’s my primary mode of transportation. i love it when more people get out on the road tho — more people biking means safer streets in general!
these bikes are super adorbs.
I can’t believe we’ve lived this long without them! There’s a bike trail a block and a hill away from us that goes straight to downtown and the Saturday farmers market. I don’t want to wish away winter, but I CAN’T wait for next spring.