Actually, I did two of the things I set out to do in the new year – started a weaving class (last week, I’ll make sure to take pictures of this week’s class and then write about it), and I bought a new bicycle!
Pictured above, it’s now also got fenders and a rack on it – I picked it up yesterday (Sunday) and rode it home! Then I took it out this morning and rode 15 km on the Central Valley Greenway (that most urban of urban trails through the industrial wilds of Burnaby).
This is the first *new* bike I’ve ever owned – and it fits me perfectly. Also rapid fire shifters (which I’d never seen before) make shifting gears way easier, which means that for the first time in my life I am learning how to use gears while cycling. I can already see how that makes it much easier to up hills (yes, I am late to this party).
Big happy shout outs to Carmen at Bicycle Buddah for helping me buy a bike that fits me (she test rode with me which really helped me understand what to feel and look for on the bike), and to SideSaddle Bikes who are a pretty new shop and specialize in bikes for women (I am their first bike purchase of 2016!)
I’ll start riding to work in the next week or so, once I get a tail light and a couple of clothing items to make it easier on me in the rains of winter. All that said, I’m going to do this thing that I said I would do and start cycling to work – after all I’ve already done the thing to facilitate it by buying a bike that is all my own and suited to me!