Thursday, September 5, 2013

My New Bike - Finally after 24 Years

I certainly wasn't spoiled growing up and didn't usually get exactly what I wanted.  My family wasn't poor, but I had to make due with off brand items. What I felt was important, my parents did not.  So instead of brown leather clogs from Bakers -- I got the clearance white suede clogs from Sears.  Instead of Nike track spikes -- I got Adidas track spikes. I didn't get Nike anything. Instead of a red ten speed bike with the curved handle bars -- I got a brown three speeder. So was my life as a teenager.
 
But now -- almost 34 years later -- I finally got the ten speed bike I always wanted.  It's not one with curved handles.  I'm not even sure my body would handle that kind.  But it's a beautiful BLUE not a pukey brown color.

    
And now I even have the Nike shoes to go with my 10 speed.


 
  Even a Nike shirt and shorts.
 
 

 I have even splurged for the Under Armour outfit too!

 
This week I've been working bike workouts into my weekly workout routine of weight lifting at the gym and running a mile to two. Our neighborhood is quite hilly so finding a nice flat ride is almost impossible.  But riding the hills is definitely getting my heart going.
 
So far I've only made two bike rides in the neighborhood. The second one I received a course award - fastest time.
 
It's been over 30 years since I have ridden a bike.  That old saying is true... "like riding a bike" once you learn a skill you don't forget it.  I got back on and it came back to me.  However, I will not ride with no hands like I used to when I was younger.  I'm a little smarter now. 
 
Even though it's been a challenge on the hills I will stay in the neighborhood until I figure it all out.  I have no idea how to use the gears properly. I've all ready knocked off the chain while riding.   
 

 
There are two different gear shifters on each handle bar. And I have no idea what I'm doing. So, I have been hitting the internet educating myself on when to use what gear. Plus a little testing in the field.
 

 
I'm also getting a lesson in chainwheels and cogs. It might take me awhile but practice makes perfect right?!

If there are any bikers out there with some gear tips or great places to ride in the DC area I would love to hear from you.
 
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Back on the Road (BotR) for my Next Adventure!
Happy Trails!