... It's costing me money!!!! Oh well, I was just downright stupid last week when I impulsively bought a bike at Wal-mart. I know better. So, I'm gonna pass it on to my sister who refused to ride with me, in the past. Come to find out, it was because she couldn't afford a bike. If I would have known that was her "reluctance", I would have bought her a bike about 5 years ago. I know she is on what she calls the "water budget". Anytime I want to do something new, I have to buy two, one for me and one for her. Usually, she gets my hand-me downs. Well, she is my little sister.
I took a drive to check out some more bike shops, today. I just wasn't totally happy with the LBS in this city. About Wednesday, I realized I needed to add a mirror to my bike. I'm blind in one eye and have been since childhood. A mirrow would help fill in that blind spot. After reading different posts thru the Bike Forums, I also realized that by the end of summer, my wally-world special was gonna meet my needs without alot of changes. I do so much better when the bike is fitted to me. So.... I made the 25 miles to another city.
I found a bike shop that I was really impressed with. They sold Giant and Trekk bikes. I tested both of them. I went in with a list of things I specifically wanted. They may seem minor to most people but were very important to me. I wanted comfort but versatility, but speed scares me. They understood what I wanted to do and took it a step further and looked at growth in biking. I ended up with Giant's Sedona-W bike. It's a comfort hybrid. I love it!!!! I almost settled for Treks Voyager which is more expensive, just because a water cage fits on the frame. However, this Sedona bike seemed to fit me better. Then the owner showed up and took over. He made multiple adjustments and we added a few more things. I even got girly-girl and had a water cage added that is the same color as the bike. I traded the seat in for a gel seat. He said I shouldn't ever need padded shorts with that seat. He spent alot of time teaching me about the 21 gears and how to find my cadence regardless of the incline, decline or what ever else is thrown at me. He assured me that by spring, I won't have any problems with biking Massenauten mountain either. They made sure I knew my bike. Total time: 2 1/2 hours.
Then I drove back home and picked up my bike helmet and took off again in a different direction. I just rode my first rail-trail. This one was only 2.2 miles long. Unfortunately, I followed the online directions for parking and it was 1/2 mile away from the start of the trail. So, there was my first 1/2 mile. No one has updated TrailLink.com. There is a parking lot at the entrance of the trail. When I got to the starting point, it was all uphill. Oh well, I rode uphill about 1 1/3rd miles. I could have gone on further but realized I was gonna pass my distance increase and wasn't sure I wanted to do that just yet. I want to build up distance, not just jump into it. I was surprised how easy it was going uphill when I have been struggling all week with slight incline. So, I turned around. Total time on this adventure was 38 minutes. Total distance was 3.75 miles. What a difference in bikes. When I got back home, I used the bike to run an errand. Total distance for the day is 5 miles. Total saddle time is 48 minutes and my behind is NOT sore.
Not bad for someone who thought she was gonna die by the time she got back to her car on Monday after a 1 mile right. You guys were right. The more time in the saddle, the easier it gets. Also, the better quality bike, one that actually fits you, makes it so much more fun. Now, I can't wait until June 15th when I bring my granddaughter to NC for the weekend. I just need to find another nice trail.