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Venice Beach Ride with Sixthreezero Pedaler Soli

Hi guys, it's Alana from Sixthreezero. Today we are going on a ride in Venice with one of our Sixthreezero Pedalers, Soli.

A while back we posted in our Sixthreezero Pedalers Facebook group, seeing if there was anyone in the LA area that would be down to go on a ride with us, and luckily we found Soli. She responded to our post, so now here we are in Venice.

Hi guys. Hello. Welcome to beautifully spray-painted Venice. There's a new picture every day in these places. But yeah, I just wanted to talk about the bike I decided to buy. More or less sight unseen, I hadn't even ridden it, but I couldn't have been happier with the choice I made, which was practically virtual.

So, this is the Sixthreezero EVRYjourney 21 speed aluminum. And it's more or less a step-through, which is wonderful for me. And I'm starting to accessorize it, I'm trying to keep it nice and basic and not too modern. So, I found a wonderful Sixthreezero lovely vintage-looking chrome bell and then I hunted on Amazon and found a couple actually of these vintage-looking chrome round mirrors. And, this actually has worked perfectly. For anyone looking to try and test mirrors, just trust me, this is the one. It's stable, you can see behind you perfectly. So I knew they, you hadn't ditched me, because I was riding in front of you. And then, it's got a wonderful wide saddle. I was also discussing the fact that it has a really nice solid feel to it. I did a test ride of a few bikes, they're great bikes and everything, but I didn't have that solid feel.

But yeah, the reason I chose a cruiser was because first of all, the handlebars almost did look a bit like, these are massive, what is this? But, when I first rode it and when the wonderful Ian at Sole Bikes here in Venice put this thing together and I rode it home, I was like, "Oh my God, what have I been missing all these years?"

I suffered a pretty bad injury from a car crash about six years ago and I felt like I wasn't being, I wouldn't be able to ride a bike and enjoy it as much as I had before the accident. And so, a lot the times when I was trying out bikes, it'd be constantly hunched over, I was using this arm too much, putting pressure on my injured shoulder. And, when I cycled over to meet you guys here, it seriously, I could have been reading a book with a cup of tea in one hand and just jauntily happily cycling along.

I was also saying something which made me laugh at the fact that there are so many tattooed bikes out there, you know when you buy your car and it says, bought from somewhere somewhere. You're like, yeah, I don't want that advertised. So, I love the fact that this, it's just has a lovely little subtle design over here to show what brand it is and this I can do whatever I want to it if I do.

I think what was wonderful about your Facebook page, the Sixthreezero Pedalers Club is that there are so many people of all ages. And, I read someone who was 73 had posted like, "Am I too old to be getting on a bike at my age?" And, I was so tempted to, actually, I did actually respond and say, "If you've got two legs attached at the hips with knees that work, then get on your bike and enjoy wherever you are."

So, the path my kids and I usually take on a weekend will be through there. And that will be Rose on Venice, that will lead to Main Street on Venice and then we cut through and cut through and cut through all these beautiful little, definitely seaside neighborhoods to where we live in Mar Vista. But yeah, we took a roundabout way, but otherwise, you can really just take Venice Boulevard all the way down. But the sites that you see along Venice are just really, you can only do it on bike. In and out of these wonderful little cul-de-sacs, all these beautiful craftsmen homes, roads that end where you didn't think they would and you're like, huh, okay, well, I don't mind going back a couple of miles because it's a beautiful ride. Do you know?

And, I think that right now, I'm hoping that with people maybe being open to new possibilities during these COVID times, that they are taking a detour in life that they probably didn't think that they ever would. Nothing is a straight path, as we've learned in 2020. So, I've made the best of this detour and I'm going to be looking forward to going back to Santa Monica College, once everything starts up again. I want to do a shout out to Mr. [Freea 00:06:15] And, thank you for teaching me everything. Again, I want to take a proper shout-out to Ian at Sole Bikes here in Venice, who did an amazing job putting this together. It was shipped to the store and I didn't have to see this beauty in pieces, there's something sad about it. But, I saw it all put together and I cycled home and my boys were like, "Oh my God, can we try?" I said, "Just don't even finish that sentence. This is Mommy's bike. You're not allowed to look at it. Just, something will fall off if you look at it, just leave it alone."

So, this is my beauty. So, I've decided either to call it after Lumis our favorite foster dog, or I might call it after my late dad, Soli. So we'll see, we'll see what suits this bike once I take it out for more rides. And that's all I can think of right now, tattoo your bike if you want, but don't buy a bike that is tattooed for you.

Soli, thank you so much for joining us.

Thank you very much. I have had a wonderful, wonderful day and continued sunshine to all of you guys and happy riding.

I want to give a shout out to the people who have one, endured these COVID times, may you have happy lives after that, I'm sure. I also want to give a shout-out to my two beautiful sons. I also want to give a shout out to my mom in England, [Thritty 00:07:58] and my sister [Amite 00:08:00] in England, and my sister-in-law Donna here. Family right now is super important and I just want to let you know, guys, I love you so much and life is good again. Okay.

Oh, that will do nicely. [crosstalk 00:08:19]. Oh, it's lovely and soft. Oh, it's one of those soft ones. Thank you so much, guys. I am officially a Sixthreezero Pedaler. Whoop.


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