New Paper Kites is always welcome - this song is so soothing.
For as long as I can remember, I've loved taking things apart to examine how they worked. There's something about knowing exactly how something works that makes me a lot more comfortable owning it. I don't know if that makes any sense... basically, I like knowing that I can fix any of my own belongings if they happen to break.
This doesn't always work, because most things are a bit too complicated for me. For a long time, that's why I preferred shooting film - I knew how those cameras worked and trusted myself to put them back in operating condition if anything ever went wrong. Not so easy with digital...but I've gotten over that one (maybe?). I also enjoy painting things, customizing things, and generally making things "my own". I find that once I do that, I get really attached to things and want to keep them forever - otherwise, I generally have very little attachment to objects and probably buy/sell them at a questionable rate.
Anyway...bikes! I bought a "mini-velo" about 2 summers ago. I like small wheeled bikes for their maneuverability, light weight, and small size. I wanted something that could fit into my dorm in the winter and be easy to carry up stairs if necessary. Small wheels are also way more fun to ride in the city (albeit quite a bit slower). BMX bikes can be a bit sketchy to ride, so I found one of these mini single speeds. They're super popular in Tokyo and other places with smaller living quarters, but there's only a few companies that make them in the US. I chose this one because of the geometry and steel frame.
This bike has been through a lot. This is what it looked like (with some soap on it for cleaning, because I forgot to take the picture of it covered in mud).