That Day I Finally Learned To Ride A Bike.


If you were reading me around April, you probably saw my articles about our little Strasbourg trip we took on an impulse to go get my birthday gift : a vintage mini bike from the 70s completely renovated, that was supposed to be delivered to us in Paris but finally could not so we had to go get it ourselves. This is the how and the why.
What’s funny about this story is that, even though I am a fully grown 22 years old, I don’t know how to ride a bike. I was born in Paris, and being a good city girl from the 00s, I just never learned to ride, except with the small wheels of course !!!! My honey decided to rectify this major problem in an adult’s life (“Hey, let’s take a bike ride between friends this afternoon !” “Well, I’m sorry I can’t, I don’t know how to ride ! Except if you’ve got small wheels ..!!” we agree this is not great as far as credibility goes !) by offering me this orange beauty that perfectly fits my tiny size.
It had become the year 2015’s newest mission : finally learning to ride a bike ! I must admit I wasn’t hard to convince, I could already picture myself riding this gorgeous bike along the Seine and making everyone jealous !!!!
As soon as the weather got a bit better at the beginning of May, we raced to a small secure street, and I finally straddled my big girl’s bike ! I was pretty sure if I could held my ass on a gallopping horse, I’d be able to stay on a bike ! Advantage was : I love speed, I’m never afraid to fall and I gain confidence real quickly in those kind of situations ! Disadvantage was : I really did not want to ruin my favorite white pants I wisely decided to wear that day. And Joey felt like my floating long cardi was very amusing and wouldn’t stop running after me, pulling on it every time I passed by him ! Besides those sticks I threw in my own’s spokes, I admit that, I did not let go, and I even managed to NOT stain my pants, which is a major achievement to me !
In the end, I can decently say I’m not that bad, even though I’m not completely comfortable (especially on turns !!!), but I’m such a clumsy girl so it’s pretty remarkable !
I must admit though, my bike’s size makes it easy for me, my feet get on the floor pretty quickly if I loose my balance !!!
Here is a little bonus where you can see my natural grace and ease after an hour of practicing on my Instagram account 🙂

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Cardigan : Mango
Top : Monki
Pants : Zara
Loafers : Gap

Photos : Alban


Maybe we’ll cross paths this summer in Paris on my mini orange bike, who knows ?! I’m planning on training Joey to run along, but regarding his reaction, I’m not sure that will do ! I’ll guess he’ll end up in the front basket !!!
What about you, when did you first learn to ride a bike ?!

xx lily

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  1. Ju ☮ Tuesday June 30th, 2015

    J’ai appris à faire du vélo sur le même que ma cousine, mes cousins, sur ce vélo à petites soues sur le côté pour ne pas tomber qui appartenait à mon tonton. Ce vélo est toujours dans le garage de ma mamie, et récemment ma petite cousine est montée dessus et a fait ses premiers mètres de pédalage.
    Si non, cette tenue est juste trop bien composé! Les couleurs ont un esprit vintage et avec le vélo c’est parfait. Comme sorti d’un autre temps.
    xo, Ju

    • Fancy Lily Tuesday June 30th, 2015

      Merci de partager cette adorable histoire ! C’est vraiment trop mignon ! <3

  2. Jessica About a Girl Tuesday June 30th, 2015

    Et bien écoute j’ai presque 30 ans et je ne sais toujours pas en faire… Ca étonne toujours les gens quand je leur apprends, et pourtant jusqu’à présent je n’ai eu personne pour m’apprendre ! Alors c’est aussi un objectif de 2015 (voire 2016 allez 😉 ) Ta tenue est vraiment très jolie !

    • Fancy Lily Tuesday June 30th, 2015

      Oh, je ne suis pas toute seule alors ! C’est dingue, les gens te regardent comme un alien quand tu dis que tu ne sais pas en faire !!!! Allez, du coup je peux te dire que ce n’est pas trop compliqué, du moins les bases ! 🙂

  3. Madame Maurice Wednesday July 1st, 2015

    Je n’ai qu’une seule chose à dire : cette tenue est parfaite de A à Z ! 🙂

    Madame Maurice

  4. deltreylicious Wednesday July 1st, 2015

    Pareil, je ne sais pas vraiment en faire, j’arrête pas de tomber quand j’essaie ! Super article et supers photos !!!

    • Fancy Lily Wednesday July 1st, 2015

      Ahah c’est tout un art de trouver son équilibre !!!! Merci en tout cas !!

  5. Katia E. Saturday October 17th, 2015

    Coucou, j’adore ce gilet sauf que je suis petite, j’aimerais saavoir ta taille si c’est possible pour savoir si je peux craquer 🙂
    merci d’avance, bisous

    • Fancy Lily Saturday October 17th, 2015

      Je fais 1m63 et je le porte sans soucis, si j’étais plus petite ça ne me gênerait pas plus que ça 🙂


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