I bought a new bike last year and starting riding after at least 20 years of not riding. The one I bought is a "comfort" bike, and it was perfect for me then. Smooth ride, good for trails, upright riding posture for my tricky back.
By the end of summer, I had ridden enough that I was wanting something more. My bike was heavy and inefficient. When I first started riding, I'd drive to the trail with the bike on the rack or ride downhill into town but put the bike on the bus to get home up the hill. I finally started riding up the hill, but it was really, really hard. I looked for routes that didn't have hills and when I went riding with friends lagged way behind.
By the end of the season, I wanted a new bike. I test rode some and got a vision of what was out there. I started talking to my bike shop guy. We talked all winter. I took spin classes to keep strong during snow season.
Today, I bought a new bike. It's lighter, faster, sleeker, and, in the words of my bike shop dude, at least 40% more awesome. He took my old one in trade, so this one, a KHS Vitamin C Fitness Bike, was a pretty good deal.
I rode up the big hill without going into my lowest gear! I averaged over 11 mph where I'd only ever gotten around 10mph on the old one, no matter how hard I pushed.
"Just keep swimming." -- Dory, Finding Nemo
Started SparkPeople and weight loss on 10/29/2009.
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