Kind Profile: Basia L.

Kind Profiles
The Story of Those Who Ride and Support

Our Kind Bikes team has been lucky to have met so many amazing individuals who are truly champions for their causes. These individuals – event volunteers, ride participants, charity advocates, and cycling enthusiasts – dedicate their time and energy to making positive impacts for the causes they care so much about. To honor them, we have created “Kind Profiles: The Story of Those Who Ride and Support,” short narratives highlighting those who have made a lasting impact for their cause.

Kind Profile: Basia L.

Our inaugural Kind Profile is about someone who greeted us with a smile and has left us smiling ever since. Not only was she a first-time Tour de Cure rider, but also a social media maven who shared her cause-driven experience with the World. It was through her Instagram that we first learned that she named her Kind Bike “Stacey” and, after witnessing their journey together, we’ve decided to keep the name. In fact, Stacey is now our ambassador Kind Bike! It is our pleasure to share with you the personal testimony of Basia L.

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A quick selfie of Basia and her Kind Bike “Stacey” en route to the Tour de Cure Atlanta on June 11, 2016. 
I participated in the 14 mile Tour De Cure Atlanta, to help support American Diabetes Association, and it was Awesome! 

The company I work for, Footsmart, supports ADA and participates in the Tour every year. It was my first time ever riding in an event like this, and I was excited and proud to support. For me this ride meant a lot. My Aunt has diabetes, and I’ve watched how it has affected her life, but if you meet her the only thing you could say is, that she’s a BEAST! She trains, eats right, and quick to show you her muscles. So, my thoughts were if she could do it so could I. I signed up for the event and was very excited, but I realized I do not have a bike, and that’s where Kind Bikes came in to action.

I meet Cat through emails as soon as I signed up for a bike. The response time was quick and simple, and she asked me a few questions like, “what was my experience level”? She also asked me questions I had no idea like, “what type of pedals would you like”? Cat explained the difference in pedals and any other attachments, then suggested the best for beginners. From that moment on I knew I would be in good hands. Kind Bikes delivered my bike, gave me the 411 on safety, and made sure I was comfortable riding. On the day of the ride I was ready! I had practiced for 2 months and was ready to complete my first 14 miles.

I will always remember the Tour De Cure event. It was magical seeing so many people come together, and taking the time out to support each other. I’m also thankful for organizations like Kind Bikes that give people the tools they need to help support. It reminds me that were all in this together.

Blessed to be a blessing,
Basia L.