Introductions always sound like a dating site. Hi, I'm 34, I'm a stay at home mom.....
I have a 2007 Giant Cypress EX that I loved for a couple of years, then I got pregnant and had a baby and waited a year to bike safely with my daughter in my Chariot. Somewhere in there, something changed and my bike that I loved now hurts my back/hands/knees.
Last fall I was given a rust bucket CCM mixte that cradles my bones so nicely, it almost makes me overlook that it needs new.... everything. Wheels, tires, saddle, paint, coaster brakes, chain, handlebar grips. Oh, and some way to carry groceries to feed a family of five.
As someone who has never even changed my bikes tires myself, it intimidates the heck out of me. Especially since my budget doesn't stretch to handing it over to a shop and saying "Make it so!"
My current plan for it is to replace parts as I can afford it this year and send it out for painting next year when I have saved up a little. In the mean time, I'm reading the how to sections and trying to learn bike repair from youtube.
Ideally, I would like the mixte to be my running around bike and sell the Giant to help fund a trike for when I need to haul cargo.