Background: I didn't learn to ride a bike until I was nearly in middle school. The only bike I ever owned had tassels and one speed. After I outgrew it, I rarely ever rode.
Upon moving to Franklin, I realized I live (literally) within a 4-mile radius of everything I need. In fact, I'm less than a mile from my main grocery store and less than two miles from downtown Franklin's restaurants and shops. I figured it would be awesome to be able ride there (and burn some calories).
|How I romanticized bike ownership in my head... (source)|
I got braver after talking to my blogger buddies, and super pumped after reading pretty much every post on Let's Go Ride a Bike. I also started talking to more people about my itch to buy a "grown-up" ride... and promptly went from thinking about a Walmart Schwinn to a used bike to a new hybrid.
Today: I sadly didn't get the bike I thought I was wanting (they sold it before I could test it, and it wouldn't be back in stock until summer's end)... but I happened to call MOAB Bikes after Duke told me they had a great selection there. One of their guys, Jeremy, was able to figure out what I was looking for immediately. I met him after work and tested out a bike, which was my size and my style. Love!
|Trek Verve 1 WSD|
I got the Trek Verve 1 WSD hybrid. It was not a small investment (somehow over time I went from wanting a $200 Walmart bike to buying a $400 one, welcome to my world), but the store gave me a good deal. I managed to sell a bunch of
As Jeremy brought out my bike post-tuneup, he was remarking on how the bike's black matte color was super stealth. I agreed, and said it's a total "Batmobike". Before it even left the shop, it had a name!
One thing I definitely anticipated (fortunately!) was the startup cost to buying a bike. You can't just buy the machine. I ended up with: a car bike rack, front/rear lights, kickstand, helmet, lock, adapter (for the step-through frame)... it definitely adds up. I still don't have a rear rack or basket or any other doodads like that; I want to get comfortable riding first.
Last night I took my bike out in the summer heat, and I had a blast! Sure, I may not do well at shifting gears (Duke has already had to adjust the bike for me), and I will probably wear out my brakes because I'm a little scared of going too fast. But I loved getting places quicker than walking/jogging, and I stayed out until I was drenched in sweat. I'm definitely sore, like I went horseback riding! And I slept like a baby. This bike may be one of the best investments I've made in a while. I hope. EEK!