So as you know I've been thinking about bicycles for a while. It first popped up on my checklist 36. I had a notion of renting a bicycle in Galveston and taking a ride down the seawall. Well Ike washed that away and time just got away from me. But I still had this desire to ride a bike so back on the list it went.
Today I rode a bicycle so I can check off one of my items on checklist 37
. Hooray! But not only did I ride one, I bought one! I'm so excited.
I remember the pure joy of riding a bike from my childhood. I haven't ridden since then. I'd see people riding and think about how much I used to love doing that. And then I'd think about getting more active and think I can't afford a bike. Back to walking which is frankly boring.
But as is always the case with me sometimes I start thinking about a thing so much that it gets to the point where I can't ignore it. My head for the last week or so has been filled with thoughts of a bicycle and the thoughts got louder and louder and louder until they were demanding an action. And so here I am. And I'm excited.
I got the bike from West End Bicycles
. As I mentioned in a previous post
I was worried about being judged when I went to a bike shop. I mean I'm not exactly an athlete. I read a lot of reviews and started coming across glowing ones for West End Bicycles. Well I can add mine. Chad from the bike shop was so friendly the instant I stepped in the door. I didn't feel any judgement or impatience with me as I was obviously a bike noob. He explained everything I needed to know and even showed me how to take the front tire off. I feel so bike-y. I felt like he had nothing else to do the whole day but help me which is of course not true, but a great feeling none the less. At one point he just gave me the bike and told me to take it for a test ride in the neighborhood. Now that's trust. They didn't even have information on me and were just giving me a helmet and a bike and telling me to go for a ride. And while I was riding around the neighborhood I *knew* that I was making the right decision. It was such a wonderful feeling of freedom and after a few wobbly blocks I got better. I could have ridden around the neighborhood for a long time, but I headed back to the shop to buy the bike.
Bikes are almost as bad as cameras. The bike is just the beginning. You can also see I added a bag on the front to hold my stuff, a water bottle cage and a bike lock. As I mentioned before I do not live in a bike friendly area so the bike will have to be thrown in the car and taken somewhere to get a work out. The thing is I'm so excited about going somewhere. I'm looking forward to it. I can't wait to go. Rarely did I ever say that about walking. Here is to a whole new chapter in my life full of new possibilities.
PS: I forgot to mention another reason to love West End Bicycles. They have a feline overlord named Frank!