“Reality continues to ruin my life.”
― Bill Watterson, author of The Complete Calvin and Hobbes
The short story is: I did not get Big Blue.
The long story is below.
We don’t have the kind of lifestyle where I can just pluck $450 from the ATM and buy a bike from Craigslist. Sometimes I forget this. Okay, okay. I forget this most of the time.
See, I work part time, and there is a trade-off with that luxury. I get more time with my son and more “me” time, but less money to spend on extra things…like bikes.
So, after an honest discussion about money on Thursday night with my husband, and — I won’t lie — some tears, I e-mailed the owner of Big Blue and told him I wouldn’t be coming to the test ride on Friday morning. (And I’m only slightly bitter that the same amount I needed for a new bike went to dental work for the dog the day before.)
By later that same evening, though, I felt okay about it. I do already have a bike after all. It’s just not very fast. It’s just not a road bike.
I decided to go on a 10-mile ride on Friday morning on my mountain bike — you know, the bike I already own. I left before 7 a.m. and it was glorious, if a wee bit cold. I swear, I did not warm up until midday!
Riding a mountain bike will be my thing, I decided, while setting money aside to get a road bike in a few weeks or months. And so I took my Trek in to our local bike shop for a tune up. First gear hasn’t worked in some time, and if I was going to be riding more, I needed to get it fixed.
Also. I really hate pushing my bike up hills.
I got my bike back on Sunday, and I was able to go for a quick 5-mile trail ride on Monday before a 3-mile run. Later that day, I went to the library and got myself Every Woman’s Guide to Cycling by Selene Yeager. I am loving it! I promise to review it when I’m done.
I always used to hate the bike, but for some reason, I’m really loving it. I can’t put my finger on why, though. Guess I’ll have to keep on looking. Maybe I’ll find it and my road bike at the same time.