Old Blue

Tricia Chicka - Pittsburgh, PA

Old Blue

I don't remember my first bike, but ""Old Blue"" certainly changed my adult life.  It was a Novara Piedra mountain bike that I used as my first commuter (outfitted with a rack and slick tires) in 2007.  She's pictured here on a group ride in Pittsburgh in 2008.  When the brakes broke and I got a new hybrid commuter, I stupidly left Old Blue out in the weather.  When I got around to trying to fix her up, the LBS told me that it wasn't really worth fixing to use as a mountain bike. :( I gave her to the shop to convert into a beater bike. 

But that bike started what will be for me a lifetime of bicycle commuting and other bike adventures.  I learned a lot about the do's and don't's and the in betweens of cycling and bike maintenance.  And now that I have a new mountain bike that so happens to also be blue in color (and will actually use as a mountain bike!), I decided to name him Blue in honor of my first adult bike.

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