For my birthday this year, I decided to be very unpractical, put aside my wishes for high tech gadgets and geek bling and ask for a good old fashioned cruising bike. It has only one speed (forward) and no hand breaks. It’s a little nerdy looking- and I am in love.
- I haven’t been on a real bike in over 10 years.
- bikes are higher than I imagine
- suddenly, I have a fear of falling and breaking things.
After wobbling a bit and trying to keep my balance, I got the hang of it. It is true what they say about riding a bike- but here’s the bonus: it’s so much more fun than I remember! Maybe because when I was younger, a bike was more utilitarian. It was really the only way to get around. And it was a given- all the kids had one. But now, well, I am pretty much the only adult on my block with a bike. Well, me and that one crazy guy a few houses down who puts on spandex shorts and blinking lights across his chest just to hop onto his ten speed to race around the corner to the 7-11. (I think he rides just to wear the spandex) Aside from him, I’m pretty much by myself in the riding-a-bike-just-for-fun class.