I bought Big Pink in Reno back in 2004. If you’re the girl in Reno that sold her to me, you can stop worrying, she’s very happy here in Portland.
Our relationship began when we logged a few unusual miles circling the playa together. Since then, she’s carried me and my buddies around on her pegs, has yet to get a flat, and rides smooth even when I’m wearing girl shoes.
Her latest addition is the studded tire option for the rare icy Portland snow days. During “Arctic Blast 2008” (for those of you not from Portland, you must say this in a deep voice with lots of intensity), Mark, Ian and I put zip-ties on Big Pink. I rode around SW Portland delivering presents all afternoon on ice covered roads and watched as cars struggled at each intersection to stop or start moving.
They say the true test of any relationship is to go through all four seasons together. I think I hit the relationship jackpot.