My New Bike!!!

Monday, August 14, 2017

Isn't this almost a legit blogger pic? Like, don't you almost want me to link to my ($4.99 Walgreens) sunglasses? 

Happy Monday!!! Today I'd like to introduce my summer highlight: Beatrix Potter. My new bike. My obsession. I've posted some sneak peaks on Instagram and Instagram Stories, but it's time for a full post because I'm truly in love (only the most important objects in life get named, you know).

If you've been here before you know that I love to bike. But my previous bike has seen better days. It was an eighth grade graduation present (15 years ago and also a Raleigh!), and while I love it dearly, it's a bit too bulky. Its been nice to take on long rides (we love this path) and on muddy trails when we travel to Wisconsin or Michigan, but it isn't what I want to bike to the lake, work or grocery store (and, so shallow I know, but it just isn't very cute ;). We are keeping it, though — too many memories to let go of — and hopefully mounting it to the wall in our storage closet. Labor Day project, stay tuned.

Anyway, upgrading to something was in my imminent future. I was on the hunt last summer but between our wedding, honeymoon and moving, there was never a good time to shop around. When I started to get serious a few months ago and reached out to friends,  I was getting recommendations that cost thousands, and while that was outside of my budget, I was also afraid to splurge since Chicago bikes get stolen often.

Enter my Superbe bike from Raleigh. It's affordable, practical and the prettiest bike I've ever seen. It has the look of a gorgeous cruiser with the functionality of a road bike, and the best part is that because it's a step-through bike (the middle bar is lower than usual, so you can step right through it without lifting your leg above your waist), you can wear a dress while riding it! It also has a chain guard, so you don't have to worry about your clothes getting caught in the chain (my old bike's specialty was ruining jeans during my high school years).

Other favorite features: seven speeds (as someone who's terrified of all things, I love city biking and find myself able to zip through lanes so much faster and smoother with this bike than before), no hassle assembly (they have partial and full assembly options you can check out here; Raleigh also works with local bike shops in your city — I got mine shipped to and assembled here), beautiful leather accents (!), a bell (!!), a detachable basket (!!!!!!!!!!!!). And, very important, the price point is great. I couldn't find anything like this for a similar price, and since I know Raleigh bikes last, this really is a great deal.

The bike comes in white, hunter green, black and pink — inspired by famous shopping districts in different cities. The white is inspired by Chicago's Magnificent Mile, so it only made sense :)

Overall, I'm thrilled with the bike, which is cute, comfy and smooth to ride. If you're on the market, two thumbs up for the Raleigh Superbe.

P.S. Still love this cute bike bag.
P.P.S. This can never be a style blog because, really, my sunglasses are from Walgreens, but I do want to share that I swear by these helmets and this work bag, which turns into a backpack in case you don't have a bike basket and want to wear your bag (+ it fits a laptop and is super durable, I've used it every day for five years)!

(I received the Superbe bike complimentary from Raleigh. Thank you for supporting the brands that support Make the Most.)


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