Tuesday, October 09, 2012

My New Bike

Isn't that pretty? The picture is from the Electra website; the bike is from Midtown Bike Co, which -strangely enough- is located downtown. I am so short that a standard-sized 26" bike puts me way too far off the ground for comfort. On this bike, I'm closer to the ground.

I haven't ridden a bike in decades, but I honestly thought it'd be easy. Just get on and ride. I figured I'd be making my 4-mile commute to the Grandmother's house within the week. Not gonna happen. For one thing, I'm just a wee bit too insecure on it to strike out in traffic. For another thing, the way they get the seat closer to the ground while allowing for longer adult legs is to shift the pedals forward and the seat back a bit. My balance feels a lot different on this bike than on a standard-sized model, and my wobbly 30-minute test-ride this afternoon lets me know it'll be a while before I'm fully stable on my new toy.

Practice makes perfect, they say. We will see.


  1. When I was a kid the traffic never bothered me. Now It seems kind of scary, maybe because now I realize I can't really trust the drivers.

    Have fun and be careful

    1. thx! i'm a very risk-averse person ;). i'm practicing on sidewalks right now, but this difficulty balancing is odd. i didn't have any problem with that with the 26" bikes i tried.

  2. Anonymous7:39 AM

    You'll get it!
    and it is a _pretty_ bicycle.
    --A Pal