I'm starting a new series. I will feature shops that I love. Then you pretend you are interested. Simple enough. Today I'm taking you to Bicycle Belle in Somerville. How do I put this? It's amazing -particularly amazing if you are dying to own a bakfiets and/or want to do so in the Netherlands. I've been plotting my bakfiets purchase for several months now. So far it has involved combing craigslist, buying a craigslist app to alert me of any posting of a cargo bike, joining the local bicycle listserve and lastly trying to get a part-time job to raise funds.
When I stopped into this store today I had momentarily forgotten that I was coveting such a bicycle. Innocently enough, I wanted to highlight this great little local business. You see, after several cargo-bike-doors closed on me- mainly the job that I failed to secure I settled on buying a perfectly sensible bike trailer. A bike trailer instead of a cargo bike. A small investment instead of a large (medium-ish) one.
So the owner and I were chatting and I was telling her about my cargo bike woes and she asked if I wanted to test drive a bakfiets. And I said YES. And she didn't even ask me to wear a bike helmet. YES. I sailed around the block, happy as can be.
Once you learn to ride a bike, you never ever forget. Even if it has a big thing in the front.