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Old 02-04-08, 12:54 AM   #1
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Young and Bikeless (Hopefully not for long)

Hello! My name is Natalie and I actually decided to buy a bike back in December. I got it used, it was a red Schwinn Mesa Runner, Women's and I LOVED it. I loved riding it around town, to my boyfriend's, to the Bay, it was 100% awesome. Unfortunately I was stupid and didn't properly lock up my bike one day and it was stolen. Fortunately the thief was also stupid and I found my bike on craigslist the same day. Long story short, they caught him but never found my bike. I claimed restitution for the price of the bike, rack, and lock and I'm still waiting to see if I'll get any money back.

But I'm still bikeless and sad that I can't enjoy this new hobby that I'd discovered. I decided to buy another and I'm in the process of figuring out which road I want to take (hur), new or used, hybrid, road, mountain (I'm leaning heavily towards hybrid). The bike I'm looking at right now is a 2008 Bianchi Cortina.

I go to UC Berkeley and this is definitely a bike heavy town (although I don't know about bike friendly, it's scary as hell riding around sometimes, and the potholes, UHG!). I love riding, I swear I feel like I'm flying, and it's always great to be able to make it up the killer hill that was so hard the last time... I guess I'm also an Athena, I'm 5'5" 220lbs. I usually feel awkward biking, especially with all these skinny little chicks on road bikes zipping around, but I try not to let it get to me. I love it and I can't wait to get back out on the road! (sorry if this was long)
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Old 02-04-08, 01:14 AM   #2
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Hey, another Cal student! Welcome.

That sucks about your old bike, but at least the thief got caught. You'll definitely want to get a good lock (or locks), especially if you get a brand new bike. Good luck on your search, too--hopefully the rain won't pick up again and you'll be back on the streets soon.

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Hey, another Cal student! Welcome.

That sucks about your old bike, but at least the thief got caught. You'll definitely want to get a good lock (or locks), especially if you get a brand new bike. Good luck on your search, too--hopefully the rain won't pick up again and you'll be back on the streets soon.

Heyyyyy, good to find someone else from Berkeley. I've been out in light rain a couple of times and I didn't mind it. I don't know if I want to go around when it's pouring, though.
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I've been out in light rain a couple of times and I didn't mind it. I don't know if I want to go around when it's pouring, though.
Right. I recently bought a bike trainer, though, so I've become quite the weather weenie.
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Hey, another Cal student! Welcome.

That sucks about your old bike, but at least the thief got caught. You'll definitely want to get a good lock (or locks), especially if you get a brand new bike. Good luck on your search, too--hopefully the rain won't pick up again and you'll be back on the streets soon.

Laaaame! It's so fun being out in it. I dunno, I kinda like to get dirty, though.

Bike trainer, are you on the team?
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Bike trainer, are you on the team?
Ha, no. It's just more convenient.
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Hi Natalie, no weather weenies allowed here. We get out there rain or rain in Seattle and local environs, so there's no excuse to not ride in the rain.

The sun is a different story.... .

Welcome to BF!

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