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A bike I can ride?

April 3, 2010 Bicycling, Downtown, Steve Patterson 7 Comments

When I moved downtown in November 2007 I brought two bicycles with me: an urban hybrid and my beloved orange Kronan:

I rode this bike once that Winter before my stroke in February 2008, since then it has served as art in my loft.

In May of 2009 I rode a friend’s tricycle:


The ride was very encouraging. I think I can balance a bike once again, but getting on  the trike required someone to help and involved tipping me over onto grass to get off the trike.  My orange bike is a one size fits all and the bar was always a challenge for me.  Sadly, I’ll never again ride that bike.  So I plan to sell it and my hybrid so I can buy this bike:

At first glance you might think this is a woman’s bike, but as more and more active adults seek ways to stay active bikes like this one from Biria’s EZ Boarding Series may help fill a void. Old ideas about what bikes men & women ride are going away.  I’d rather deal with snickers from a few rather than not be able to cycle. The nearest dealer is in Chicago so on my next visit I will take my helmet and schedule a test ride. Hopefully by this time next year you will see me tooling about downtown on this bike.

– Steve Patterson


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  1. JZ71 says:

    Cool bikes, both old and new. Letting go is hard – good luck on the new option. And if it doesn't work out, it sounds like a great design challenge for an accessible trike, especially with our aging boomer population.

  2. Annie-san says:

    Love your orange Kronan! I have always admired my friend's who brought hers back from Amsterdam. Are you really going to sell it? If so, I'm very interested.

    (I am a recent STL transplant and have been following along for months now. Thanks for all your insights. )

    • Yes, I'm really going to sell it. A few years ago I never would have imagined doing so but I'm OK with letting it go. I need to get the most I can for it but I prefer to sell it locally because I don't want to deal with shipping it. Thanks for reading!

  3. Todd Budin says:

    Love it!! I had a blue Kronan when i went to school in Sweden in 99'. It was so terribly hard to pedal in the snow with the lamp engaged, that i often had to go without the light. Luckily as far north as i was, there wasn't a ton of car traffic.
    Among the Swedish students, it was among the cheapest, least desirable bikes available. It was a well spent $85 for me though; brand new.

    Thanks for bringing back those memories.

  4. Eric Fischer says:

    The one thing I would watch out for on the Birias is that the gear ratio is *really* low. That may be great if it's what you're looking for, but depending on what you're used to it may feel like you have to pedal like crazy to get going.

  5. JZ71 says:

    might something like this be another option? http://www.terratrike.com/rover.php

  6. I'm sorry. I hope the time will come you can drive as you want.


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