Balancing my tomboy nature & my girlie side

Zarah Hitner - Seattle, WA

I learned how to ride a bike when I was four years old. It was a black and purple ""boy bike"", meaning that it was a kids mountain bike that was obviously slanted towards the opposite gender. Nothing girlie about it, and I was always jealous of other girls riding around with streamers and sparkles on their own two-wheelers. I remember going to Ravenna-Eckstein and being pushed down the small hill to gain momentum before gliding (training-wheel free!) around the small track there. Not a crash, nor a skinned knee could stop me -It was awesome!

Now, as a 23 year old woman, I ride my bike every day. It is a black and orange Raleigh, in some might consider ""boyish"" colors - however I have bedecked it with pink handle bars - which are set off nicely by my helmet, which is also pink. My ride now is the perfect balance between my tomboy nature and my girlie side, I wouldn't have it any other way.

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