I am finally able to start cycling a little- so last Friday I decided to take my bike for a spin to my local library book sale – about a mile away. I figured that was a reasonable distance to try for my first bike ride back since hurting my heel – Its only about a mile and very flat. So I headed over, locked up my bike and headed in to look at all the books. I found 3 for $1 each that I had on my list of book I want to read which I will ultimately add to the huge pile of books that I hope to eventually read in my lifetime. ANYWAY as I headed back over to my bike I pulled out my keys and tried to unlock the bike lock – didn’t work. I stood next to my bike thinking, ‘OH SHIT.’
I called Kevin baffled at why the key wasn’t working. He said, “Well isn’t your key usually attached to your water bottle?” That’s one of my hair tie hacks – which turns out only works if you actually bring your water bottle with you.
“Oh yeah,” I replied, “Ummm…I left that at home.” Turns out the key on my keyring is to my OLD bike lock. Oops! Luckily Kevin works from home and was able to swing by and drop off the correct key and I was on my way home.
Saturday I met up with a girl I knew who was selling her road bike because she was moving. It’s far from my dream bike, but the price was right and it was purple so I went to check it out. I couldn’t test ride it because the tires were flat and I didn’t think to bring the adapter for the presta valve, but she is the same height as me and had a bike fitting when she got it. The bike has barely been used over the 2 years she has had it so I decided to take it and if I didn’t like it I would just resell it myself.
I took it over to the bike shop that I love and had them switch out the pedals (she had the clipless pedals and I don’t have those shoes, nor do I care to learn to ride that way right now – I’ve been injured enough this year!!). I had them put on pedals that have the cage and strap that goes over my feet – I figured that would be a good compromise. They also adjusted the gears for me a bit and put air in the tires. When I got home I took the bike around the block a few times to test it out. I gotta say I am pretty excited about the drop handlebars, but my left shoulder started to feel pinched – I think this was just because it’s a totally different feel/way to ride so I was a bit nervous.
Sunday I couldn’t decide which purple bike I wanted to ride – LOL! The one on the left (in the pictures below) is the first bike I bought as an adult and will soon go to my sister because I NEVER ride it anymore. I took my new road bike out for a few spins around the block, then grabbed my hybrid and cycled to a pizza shop for some lunch – this was the 1st time I have attempted to strap pizza to my bike and ride home, but it worked! After 3 months of not being able to cycle anywhere I am happy for any excuse to go for a ride! 🙂 So I am finally getting back into the swing of things and my heel has been feeling ok so far! Also I find this cartoon so true:
Monday I cycled to work for the first time – I have been missing my time in the morning to enjoy views like this:
I still don’t feel up to running yet, but I’d rather bike anyway! 🙂