On Saturday I visited a local bicycle shop because I've been wanting a way to get a little exercise and fresh air on days I don't run. And also because I live in Portland and don't own a bicycle and that's just not right. I've visited three different shops in the past month, just looking and asking and learning, and on Saturday I decided it was time for the big test drive.
What. The. Hell. I haven't ridden a bike (with the exception of about 15 minutes somewhere in the late 90's) since I was ten. That makes it fifteen years (just kidding - thirty years)!
Sooooo unnatural. Couldn't have been more strange and weird and altogether wtf. I was on a mostly closed-off little side-street, and I rode up and down and did big circles for about fifteen minutes, all the while just wondering: wtf. Was it fun? I don't know. Was it exercise? I have no idea. It was kind of scary and fairly uncomfortable for my ischial tuberosity (hi, butt/sitz bones) and mostly just totally unnatural.
Such a bummer! I know it was only one little test drive, but I'd really been thinking this is going to work out for me, and now I'm pretty sure it's not my thing. I only live a few miles from work, so I was thinking I could ride! my! bike! to! and! from! work! just like a real Portlander. Really? Who am I kidding? I get off work at about midnight. Last night I stumbled out to my car at 12:15 after a long day and thought: Really? On a bike? Right now? Not so much.
It's pretty. And in my head mine was going to be red with a basket to carry my things. But I think I'm going to need to go in another direction for exercise and fresh air.
Fun fact: When I was getting ready for my test drive, I told the guy I'd need a big helmet. (My people have large heads.) He had to go back twice to get a bigger size, and before he left the second time he said, "I hope I can find it. We only have two in the shop that big."
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