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Thursday, May 6, 2010

Foto Story Friday #100--- New Wheels

Inspired by Honey Mommy, I got a new bike.  I'm not an avid rider like she is but I do enjoy a ride down the street with my kids or across town.  Recently, as we were shopping, we saw this bike reduced to $50, who could pass up a new bike for $50? 
It has this fun place to strap things on the back.
Bike riding is good exercise and it's way more fun then running or working out.
It's not a mountain bike like I'm use to riding, it has skinny tires, like the old 10-speed my dad used to have.
I'm grateful for gears, after riding with Robby and watching him peddle to beat the band, I'm glad that I can change gears.  I remember when I was a kid and we used to ride our BMX bikes to town -- down the dirt road and onto the frontage road for couple of miles up and down hill. Oh, how much nicer that ride would have been with gears!  I also recall a time when someone gave us a 10-speed and my dad and I went for a ride.  We rode to town together down the frontage road and on our way home on the freeway, it started to rain  By the time we arrived home, we were pretty much soaked.  I hope when my kids get older they will look back on our rides with fondness. I think that my oldest brother will never a forget a ride he and my dad took one summer.  I'm sure I'll never make a ride like that.... they biked from Missoula, MT to Spokane, WA.  (Go ahead and grab the map or Google it, I'll wait....)  There are 3 mountain pass between those 2 cities!  Even in the summer months snow can be found on some of them.  I don't know how long it took them (I'm sure they had to camp out a night or two) because I was rather young when they undertook that adventure, but I do know that experience is forever their minds.
That seat is a killer, so I traded Robby for his old lady seat, (ya know the kind, nice and wide so your bum can actually fit on it) and I think it fits my old lady bike just fine!
So I went riding every evening with one or more of my kids, then it started to rain and rained for days and the wind has been blowing.  It has pretty much rained for a week straight. If it isn't raining then the wind is blowing 40+ mph and so I wait for a nice day to ride again.

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Aunt Claudia said...

Pedaling up lots of memories, both old and new! Very nice!

Mom24 said...

Sharp bike! Enjoy. :)

Monica said...

Nice bike!
Clancy has been saving for a bike. Gracie just got one last year for her birthday, but hasn't quite mastered it yet!

Emmy said...

Good for you! It has been so long since I have rode a bike

Are You Serious! said...

♥ THose seats are horrible! My sister says she feels like her butt is eating the seat they're so small... She cracks me up! :)

Kat said...

It looks great! And the skinny wheels are much nicer to ride around on than the wide mountain bike tires, imo. :)

Story Lady said...

We've had awful wind too! Bleck! I hope you get to ride that thang soon. I didn't know I wanted a bike until I read this. Now? I'm itchin' to take a spin. :)

Holly at Tropic of Mom said...

Awesome deal! I think the "old lady" seats are just fine. Even those can be uncomfortable for long rides.

Caitlin said...

So fun! Bikes are a great way to spend time with the kids and be outside. And yours looks great for $50, that's awesome!

Honey Mommy said...

Wahoo! I am so proud of you! Your new bike looks nice. :o)

This weather is driving me crazy because I haven't been on a ride in SO long!

I can't wait for my kids to be old enough to go out with me.

latree said...

cool! congratulations!
I've been off riding bike since I knew I was pregnant. but I think I'll soon be back on the road on my wheels..