Tuesday, July 19, 2011

My New Ride

Isn't she pretty??? I've been contemplating a bike for many, many months. Lynn and I bought some second hand bikes about 7 or 8 years ago at an auction. We actually rode them together only a few times, as his idea of "riding" and mine are totally different. He meanders and I RIDE!
As my size increased over the next several years, the bike became more uncomfortable and less practical. When Ethan was riding his teeny, tiny bike with the training wheels, he wanted me to ride with him. So I was out there in ALL my glory, riding the bike with skinny tires, which seriously needed major air. I was a few yards ahead of him when he announced to me, and the whole neighborhood, in his sweet little 4 year old voice "HEY GEEMA!" I said WHAT? He said "YOUR BUTT IS SO BIG!!!" I said "YOU'RE RIGHT"....and on we went. And we sold the bikes at a garage sale that summer.
I've seen more women of "size" out riding bikes. And I was really attracted to those big handlebars. If they can do it, I can do it, right?
I was very athletic in my youth. I've always liked bike riding. So after a fair amount of research and quandary, I took the plunge and stopped into Jack's Bike Shop in Bellingham while spending time with my sister, who was up here for a visit. I hadn't really intended to buy a bike, but it seemed to just happen. I would have chosen a purple bike, but that wasn't an option....
Adding the basket was fun, and you can't see it, but there is a cool bell on the handle bars too.
So with the kids on their bikes, off we went for a ride today. No yelling came from behind me. That was a relief.
Now the task of really using this bike, and getting some much needed physical exercise.
To get me started, I eliminated my biggest time wasting addiction. FarmTown on Facebook.
That was 5 hours ago....no big signs of withdrawal yet.....though here I am, updating my blog!!
Be prepared to hear from me a LOT!
Off for another ride.

1 comment:

Jo (Pieceful Afternoon) said...

What a wonderful bike - and I love the blue helmet too. The bike and basket remind me of stories I've read of ladies in England biking in the countryside to the market to get fresh produce to carry home in their basket. Have fun!