Thursday, January 17, 2013

Bike


I picked up my bicycle last Monday.  Here it is--
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It’s a Raleigh Detour 3.5 in silver.  I had to wait for a 19” frame to be ordered.  I am so glad I went to a bike shop instead of trying to buy a used bike from Craig’s list.  They were good about listening to my needs—easy to ride, easy to shift, comfortable.  This is a hybrid, something I didn’t even know existed, but it really fits the bill.

I took it for a short ride around the park on the first day.

DSCN2337You can see that Mike is much more interested in taking pictures of scenery than of me on my bike.

I have taken longer rides each day.  I love it!

Now I will need to get a basket.  (I do have a helmet).  I told Mike that I would not get the skin hugging biking clothes, but now I see where ordinary cotton shorts could chafe on a long ride.  Well, anyway it will take me a long time to work up to a really long ride.  It’s very easy to ride, but I do noticed my legs are rubbery when I stop.

P.S.
Today was rainy--the first time since we have been here really.  Red tide has hit the beaches so we are hoping some stormy weather will blow it away.  We went out for lunch and then I spent the afternoon working on a quilt top.

12 comments:

  1. Oh, it looks like heaven. Riding a bicycle in the sunshine, just enjoying the weather....!

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  2. Try those exercise pants and see if they work...if not too hot. You look lovey on that bike, by the way and glad you got the hybrid, as that is mine and I love it. Did you get the gel seat to go over the top or do you have enough padding in that area?

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  3. You can get two-layer bike shorts (or capri-length) with the first layer body-hugging (but surprisingly comfortable) and padded in all the right places; the top layer a loose one. Check out REI clearance outlet online. Good luck with your biking!

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  4. Glad you have a helmet to go with those new wheels! You do need some lycra - bite the bullet...padding is your friend.

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  5. Look at you! I am so proud and impressed. Ok, I have to agree, Mike could have gotten a bit better shot of you. He reminds me of my husband. He would have gotten the same kind of shot. (Another thing our men have in common. ;) ) Make sure you wear that helmet.

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  6. Cool! So what exactly is a hybrid bike?

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  7. Good suggestions--gel seat and two layer bike pants. Thanks!

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  8. We bought bikes a few years ago but haven't ridden them recently due to various knee replacements and back problems. I wish we'd brought them to Arizona. The terrain is flat here and it would be an easy way to get around.

    I don't like the biking shorts either. I wonder if yoga pants might work.

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  9. Your bike brings back happy memories. Sadlt bikes are so easily stolen.

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  10. I am so excited for you! Enjoy it!

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  11. How fun! But be sure you don't give up your long walks on the beach - I love hearing about them!

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