Do you remember the first bicycle you ever got? I was five years old and mine was a powder blue Monark Silver King Sting Ray with banana seat. My sister got the exact same bike so my mom wrote each of our initials in permanent marker on a little spot right by the kickstand so we’d know whose was whose.
I tried to find some photos of it, but this was the best that I could do. It’s in the background there with me (in the maroon Duran Duran Rio shirt – so it’s early 80s), my sister (crouching in front with the headband, apparently the fashion rage of the time) and some of the kids from our neighborhood that we used to play and hang out with. I had that bike for years and it took me everywhere I wanted to go.
That first day that we got our bikes my sister and I must have rode up and down our dead-end street until well after the sun went down and the streetlights came on.