Friday, July 10, 2009
Test Drive before you Propose (or the Saga of Two Bikes)
We’ve been biking a lot lately. We’ve always liked to bike, but a few years ago we got rid of our bikes since we were in the middle of house building (for those of you who don't know, we built a 3000 sq ft house with our own four hands) then I had cancer so we kinda quit biking. Two falls ago we decided to buy new bikes and while Dennis still got a mountain bike he suggested a cruiser (comfort bike) for me. We rode twice that fall before the snow fell. Then we got them out once last year.
This bike got 80 miles on it last week alone. And I really love this bike! It is a dream to ride!
It’s a Giant Suede metro series. Very comfy! But the thing doesn’t really fit on a rack well at all!
Check out that nice padded seat! Yeah, a dream to pedal! It’s a 7 speed and I keep it 6th gear generally - take ‘er up to 17 mph on a flat surface - like 25 down a hill.
Not many miles on it overall. And I think it will be getting baskets so I can ride to the store and such.
But, we discovered some mountain bike trails near our home and, well, a comfort bike just can’t do them. Heck the handlebars wouldn’t even fit through some areas. So, it was necessary to get me a mountain bike.
I wanted to make sure it fit on the rack for travel so I told the saleslady I wanted a guys bike - but who knew Trek makes a women’s bike with a frame like the men’s!
The seat is cute, not quite as comfy as the Suede’s but still good. I do wear biking shorts anyway.
Check out the tires on this baby!
I barely had the bike 5 hours when the guys decided it was time to hit the trails. I had only rode it around the parking lot where we bought it. This is me after the trails, hot and sweaty, dirty and just a wee bit bloody.
I was terrified! I haven’t been on mountain bike trails in about 6 years! So I was still in my 30s. Is it legal for a 42 year old to go mountain biking?! Around one of the tight, downhill curves with stump on one edge and rock on the other I almost fell and my knee hit the pedal. Ouch! But I didn’t cry - nuh-huh, Dennis test drove me before he proposed, making sure I was up for things like this. Heck our first vacation together was spent traveling 14 states in 10 days hiking, biking and camping (in snow even!). It was awesome!!
I did finally take a fall. Coming around another steep-loose-soil downhill curve I was confronted with a tree trunk across the path. I braked and swerved and got in leaves and fell - crash. The crankset (thing with the chain and pedal) bit me on my way down. . .
And a tree got my arm. But all bruised up I still felt good and am ready to go again!
From day one, I have done anything Dennis has suggested, (within two weeks of knowing him he took me skiing, I was on my butt more than the skis but whatev‘) why stop now! So, Hon, when are we going bungee jumping?