Jennifer PunoJennifer Puno is the founder of Map and ilovecreatives. She lives and works in Los Angeles, USA.
When I was 14, my Dad and I trained for the MS150, a two day 180 mile bike ride from Houston to Austin. We would do practice rides all around Houston. I remember thinking that you can see so much more on a bike. It’s a great pace. Then in college, my roommate was really into fixed gears. He would practice skid stopping outside and taught me a lot about bikes. Mainly how sexy they look.
When I first moved to Venice, naturally, I bought a cruiser aka “The Tank”. After a few months, I would leisurely lock it up with a cable lock overnight in Venice. Then, finally, someone stole it.
I was attempting to build my own bike, but the frames I liked disagreed with my bank account. Then I found the Fuji Feather. I found my size in coral and my husband’s size in mustard through a new bike “shop” started by a husband and wife. They didn’t actually have a shop. It was just their living room. We ended up meeting them in a random parking lot in Torrance.
I love the frame color and the bullhorn bars. Slowly, I’ve been replacing parts. I replaced the crank with an Eighth Inch white crankset. And last year, I visited the Levi’s Bike Pop-Up in downtown where they hooked me up with some royal blue tape.
The most common reaction I get from people is “nice bike.” I reply: “Her name is Coral.” I pretty much use it everyday. Now that I moved to Downtown Los Angeles, it just doesn’t make sense to drive.
When my husband and I got married, we rode our bikes from Venice to the Beverly Hills courthouse. I’ve had a ton of memories on Coral. At the end of the day, everything is replaceable, but it’s been a perfect companion and, fortunately, I’m not done exploring.