My job takes me to the most remote State Parks in Texas. I stay in these remote areas for a week at a time, so in the evenings, I have a lot of time to kill. I got bitten by the biking bug about 2 months ago and bought a department store mountain bike to take with me. It didn’t take me long to realize I had made a big mistake with my choice of bikes, so I recently ordered a Trek 4900 from a shop in Midland and I am now eagerly awaiting it’s arrival. They informed me today that it will sometime next week.
I would like to preface my membership here by saying that I will soon be posting some of the most obvious questions imaginable. It has been 25 years (I’m am now 40) since I have ridden a bike, so I have missed quite a bit. I will thoroughly scour the archives before I waste time asking the same questions that have been asked before.
My only other bike was a Christmas present from my Dad when I was 6. It was a Schwinn single speed with a banana seat (I don’t know the exact model). As I grew, I changed handlebars several times and the seat once to reflect my growing interest in motorcycles. For 9 years, that Schwinn was the cornerstone for all that I was. It opened up parts of my neighborhood that were beyond walking. It was a school bus, a store runner, a ride to baseball practice, and a vehicle to imitate a Roger DeCoster cross- up over our 2 steel trashcans.
I took that Schwinn bike for granted until a couple of months ago when I hopped on that new department store mountain bike. That day, I realized how great it really is to own a bicycle. I have had several “cool” cars, trucks, and motorcycles since that Schwinn, but, honest to God, I have enjoyed that $125 bike more than I can ever remember enjoying all the rest. My wife thinks I’m nuts. I must be on the right track.
But, they’re just bikes when you get right down to it, right? Yeah, right!
The answer is NO! they are not just bikes. They are a symbol of Freedom and adventure; they are purveyors Health and Well-being; they help you to feel good about yourself because you are not polluting the atmosphere...the list of WHY they are not just bikes could go on and on, but I won't.
The most important thing you need to keep in mind, when you buy the new bike, is that it FITS you.