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I continue to bike - really!

I know that I posted about the nice hybrid bike that I got off of Craigslist a little while ago -- the truth is, I resold it about a week and a half later. After riding to and from work a few times, I started to feel like maybe it wasn't quite the right size for me -- maybe it was a bit too small.

Or maybe that was a rationale for going to a bike store to pick up some supplies for the Craigslist bike, and meeting the Bike of My Dreams. (Really, they should market it like that.) I inquired about the price and thought about it a few days, and the salesman looked right at me and said, "I would want to put you on the 16" frame" (all he had at the time was the 14"). I ended up going back to the bike store on the Friday, and he had one with the 16" frame built, so I test-rode it. And it was AMAZING. So smooth and comfortable! And even though that was still in the period in which my tailbone was hurting like a mofo, it didn't really hurt that much to ride *that* bike.

So I bought it (it was even on sale!). I also bought a basket for it, because I was good and tired of riding to work with my bag slung over my shoulder. The next day, I put the Craigslist bike back on Craigslist, and it sold within a couple of hours for what I'd paid for it.

Here is my very spiffy new bike! It's a Trek 7000.



YES, it could be *more* girly. For example, instead of the green leaf decoration it has, those could be PINK. So there. Did I mention how incredibly comfortable it is?

Since then, I've been taking it a bit easy, working up to things. I got in the habit of riding it to work one day, then riding it home the next. Then I kind of lost last week to the CONSTANT THUNDERSTORMS OMG. Given the forecasts and being wimpy and afraid of being caught out in one of those, I just left the bike at home (I went to to the gym several nights instead, and biked 7 miles on the stationary bikes).

Today, I both biked *to* work, and then home again in the same day. w00t!

Speshul sekrit message for jenlev: camera this morning, but no blue herons at the dam. Because the dam looked like this, and the herons could not possibly have stood there even if they would have been able to see the fish, which they wouldn't:



This is the Watertown dam, along the Charles River Bikeway.

Finally, I leave you all with a pretty sunset. This was on Sunday, after thunderstorms moved through. I came out of the O'Neill tunnel, briefly, heading for the Prudential tunnel, and the sky was suddenly ON FIRE. Flecks of bright orange below a higher canopy of dark grey, stretching up farther than I could see. It was amazing. I had made it to the Allston/Brighton tolls before I realized that my camera was in my bag, and I might be able to snap a clear pic of it -- but you can see, the sunset is already rapidly fading by then, a deep pink, and extending much less overhead. Still: pretty.

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jenlev
Jul. 30th, 2008 01:39 am (UTC)
Go you! And that's a lovely bike. I still wish for a bike, although I'd need to be able to teleport it to the condo. ;) Will ponder options.

Pretty sunset, and oooh, wow that's some fast moving water. And of course the herons were away when you had the camera.

For some reason I'm thinking about how some of the designs you put on the bag might work on the bike.

*hugs*
telepresence
Jul. 30th, 2008 01:55 am (UTC)
Yay proper sizing yay! *looks smug*

Trek makes a good bike, good show.

barkley
Jul. 30th, 2008 03:35 am (UTC)
I am so pleased with your biking experiences! And the flowers are nice.
raqs
Jul. 30th, 2008 04:02 am (UTC)
OH, I WANT A PINK ONE!!

srsly, that is super awesome and I am very jealous of you, both owning a bike and living in boston and being able to bike to work along a gorgeous route. that is for the win!

(and just for the record - because I enjoy it - I do believe I urged you to talk to a pro BEFORE you bought the used bike, as I suspected a used bike would not be to the Level You Want for serious commuting.)

srsly, i like your bike.
eregyrn
Jul. 30th, 2008 04:08 am (UTC)
You know, the Trek 7100 wsd comes in... well, salmon. That's close to pink, right?

http://www.trekbikes.com/us/en/bikes/2008/bike_path/7000_series/7100wsd/
eregyrn
Jul. 30th, 2008 06:40 pm (UTC)
Or...

How about a purple so dark it's black, with lavender FLOWERS all over it?

http://penncycle.com/itemdetails.cfm?sort=pricedesc&id=16443

Also in Robin's Egg blue with darker-blue flowers:

http://penncycle.com/itemdetails.cfm?sort=pricedesc&id=16449

Or just get this, it's by Trek and it's ACTUALLY PINK:

http://penncycle.com/itemdetails.cfm?sort=pricedesc&id=15425
lynxreign
Jul. 30th, 2008 12:42 pm (UTC)
the salesman looked right at me and said, "I would want to put you on the 16" frame"

Aw yeah....

What?

How far is it to work for you?
eregyrn
Jul. 30th, 2008 01:44 pm (UTC)
Tsk!

7 miles one way, give or take.
hungrytiger
Aug. 5th, 2008 04:51 pm (UTC)
Very nice bike. Which shop did you go to?
eregyrn
Aug. 6th, 2008 06:46 pm (UTC)
I got it from Belmont Wheelworks. I found them to be a good experience.
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