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Eeeee! I bought a bike today!

I'm so excited! My sis went with me to River City Bicycle, which was hoppingOMG, where Kate the extremely nice saleswoman let me take a bike out for a spin. What's more, she let my sis take one too, and loaned us helmets.

So off we went, across Martin Luther King and down into the under-bridge realms, and across railroad tracks, and finally out onto the Eastbank Esplanade. Then we cycled along the river in the sunshine and the breeze, where lots of other people had the same idea, and rode to the start of the floating walkway, and I shifted gears, and rang the little bell, and practiced stopping, and then we turned around and rode back, and when we got back inside the store, I said, "I'll take this bike."

Here's where we rode.

It's not the fancy bike I had in mind last week. It doesn't have the enclosed gears and it just has a regular chain. It's the Globe Carmel and it looks like this. Red and all! It's a "comfort bike" which I think is just adorable because other bikes are what, discomfort bikes? But that means you sit up kind of high, with a straighter back, and they're supposed to better for riding in traffic, and better for your neck.

By the time I added fenders, lights, a rearview mirror, a lock, a pannier rack, a bottle-rack, a kickstand, a helmet, and helmet lights, it came to about one third the price of the bike I'd been fantasizing about. And it's red! And comfortable! And I pick it up tomorrow.

And then I'm gonna ride it home.


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Aug. 30th, 2009 05:15 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yes, it's sturdy, but I think the analogy to "little pony" might be less accurate than to call it a Clydesdale. It's the second largest frame size Specialized makes. I saw a guy in the shop who was about my age and at least six foot six, so I figure that's the guy the largest size is for!

Name. Hm. I'm not one for naming my cars or computers. I try, but nothing sticks. It's just my car, my netbook, my laptop, and will probably just be my bike.

Although, Clyde... ha! I'm going for a ride on Clyde. Hee!
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Sep. 3rd, 2009 07:53 pm (UTC)
I missed this comment a few days ago. That is so cool! The river that runs through Portland is called the Willamette (pronunciation guide: "It's Wuh-LA-mit, damn it!") and I don't think I could have gone so far as to name my bike Willamette.

Because somehow "riding Willie" is just... no.
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Sep. 4th, 2009 08:01 pm (UTC)
Hee! Yes, that's it!
Aug. 30th, 2009 06:02 pm (UTC)
OMG! It's just like a real bike! Nothing fancy and scary, no uncomfortable seat that cuts you in half, no leaning over it to steer! I could ride a bike like that! I might even be able to get Bob interested in a bike like that! I love it! You must be SO excited! YAY!!!
Aug. 30th, 2009 06:09 pm (UTC)
Yeah, they call it s "comfort" bike for a reason. The angles between seat, pedals, and handlebars are all calculated for comfortable city riding and visibility. You won't win any races or challenging looks from young hotdogs on this bike, but damn, you'll RIDE it!

I hope you and Bob DO consider joining the cycling revolution. It really is the best feeling. I'm off in a little while to pick up my new bike. I'm really excited about it.
Aug. 30th, 2009 06:04 pm (UTC)
Amazing these don't come with fenders or kickstands! It's like cars, everything is an add-on!
Aug. 30th, 2009 06:24 pm (UTC)
It's like shopping for cabinets at IKEA. You see a base price and think wow, that's not bad! Then you walk out of the store with a price tag twice or three times that. It's a good thing to understand going in. The only thing I added on that was even MARGINALLY extraneous to safety and utility was the pannier rack, because I'm not 100% sure I'll do any grocery shopping by bike, but all told it doubled the sticker price.
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