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)