Okay, so I am so excited because I purchased a “real” bike about two months ago! It has a really nice gel seat and a total of 21 different gear combinations. The color is slick black and it doesn’t have the bar that goes across the middle. I have very “not so fun” memories about accidentally falling on that bar. I haven’t had a bike since I was in elementary school. It was an ugly brown bike and it didn’t have any gears. I mean really, what young girl is going to feel cute riding around in an ugly brown bike? Needless to say there was no love affair with that bike at all. I don’t really remember any memorable bike rides on that thing.
Tune to April 27, 2013. After stopping at a couple of different bike shops to survey the terrain and figure out what options were available. I finally found a local bike shop The Bike Lane where the sales person wasn’t try to sell me the most expensive model. Where previous conversations that left me mind boggled at the other stores were clarified and my ‘silly” questions and clarifications were addressed. I absolutely LOVE my bike! I have ridden over 140 miles and what I love about it is that you can put on so many miles in such a short time. I love that you can actually GO somewhere! The whole experience has been so liberating!
I’ve had the chance to ride with my friend to the George Washington Mount Vernon Estate. I actually had it on my list but she called one Sunday morning to see if I wanted to ride. I don’t know why I was putting off for some other milestone. I had so much fun! I was so excited that I was able to meet the challenge and I got a chance to see a part of Alexandria that hadn’t seen before. Your perspective from a bicycle is so much more intimate. You see so much that you don’t see when riding through a neighborhood in a car.
The hills are a challenge, but I finally figured out how to maneuver the gears! My favorite part about making it up a hill is knowing that I’ll be able to coast down the hill with the wind blowing across my face on the way back! That is the best reward!
Stay tuned for Michelle’s Bicycle Adventures!
Where are some of your favorite bicycle paths?