I feel so GREEN.
And look at my ride - I named her Bella Blue. She's cute and has a large two-sided basket on the back so I can bring my laptop back and forth from work to home and carry a change of clothes. And she's my favorite color: blue. All I need now is a bell (ting a ling!) and some sparkly tassels for the handlebars!
She's like the bikes we rode as kids - one speed, with foot brakes. Which is a challenge for me. My ride to the office isn't that long - I did a test run this weekend and can make it in under a half hour - but I have several uphill points - and with no change of gears . . . OY, I'm outta shape! And remembering to use my feet and NOT to squeeze the handlebars when I want to stop is new. I kept forgetting that this weekend. On my road bike, when I coast, I sometimes back-peddle. If you do that on THIS bike - screeeech! Sort of like reaching for the clutch when you switch from a stick to an automatic car. (Anyone placing bets on my first new bike injury??)
The good news is that I live right off a greenbelt and my work is on the other side of that greenbelt. So I'm only on a road with other cars for about 1/10th of my journey - the rest is all park travel. Not so bad, eh?
- I could shed a pound or two from the extra movement (please, please, please!!)
- I HAVE to leave work before it gets dark
- I should be more awake upon arrival
- Can't hit a fast food drive-thru on a bike!