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My Love of Bicycles

Wednesday, March 27, 2013

My first bicycle was a used yellow green heavyweight. My parents bought me a bike that I could grow into, but I couldn't sit on the seat and reach the pedals, so for years I biked standing up. When I got the bike in second grade, I didn't know how to ride. My oldest brother put me on it and promised he would walk along beside me, but after a few steps he gave me a push as I pedaled down the hill alone. I had that bike until I was in high school and I rode it everywhere. Before moving to Africa when I was in college, I had a racing bike that I rode fifty miles at a time, always scaring my mother. Later I owned several bicycles, including custom racing bikes, as I competed in biathlons and triathlons. I would ride a hundred miles a day for a week. I had a serious crash during a triathlon and went by Life Flight to the local trauma hospital, with no hope of survival. I completely recovered, and although I don't want to race again, I've got that old desire to get back on the bike. I still have my beautiful racing bike, but now since I'm older and want a different pace, I think I'll search for a city bike. I think it should be a Robin's Egg Blue, and I want a basket so I can bike to the market.
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    1757 days ago
  • JACKIE542
    Kinda like you, but I never raced, rode a bike everywhere when I was younger. Now have started riding again, just love it. Makes me feel young again. emoticon
    1757 days ago
  • HOLLYM48
    Sounds like a great plan! emoticon
    1757 days ago
    LILPAT3 and KNYAGENYA, thanks for the encouragement. I still ride my other bikes, but I just want to be able to bike off to get groceries or to the coffee shop. My racing bike is so light that I can pick it up with one finger, with everything on it. When I crashed I split my face apart both ways, broke my neck, skull and sternum, and injured my heart. I have completely recovered, and you would never be able to detect any of it by looking at me. I have a titanium face though. I just lost my desire for all out competitive racing. I can't give up my racing bike, because I ride it for distance, too.
    I want to hear about your racing and competitions.
    1757 days ago

    Comment edited on: 3/28/2013 10:44:15 PM
    Good for you! You can send me your racing bike...LOL. I too love riding and I ride several hundred miles a month. I love centuries and training for them as well as triathlons and duathlons. I started out with the "city" bike with a basket and I don't have any desire to go back to that BUT I am thrilled that you are going to keep riding! emoticon
    1757 days ago
    That sounds like the perfect bike. Good luck!
    1757 days ago
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