Monday, July 10, 2006

I'VE NEVER OWNED A BIKE

In 41 years of life I've never owned a bike - until yesterday! Darryn had been out and about and came home and said let's go down to the bike shop. And he bought me a bike! My very first bike. I've never owned one before. When we were kids my parents just thought it was too unsafe to ride to school and with 3 of us close in age it was too expensive. So I never had one.

Now I've got this. (Mine's blue.)




An Avanti Spirit. $900 but on sale for $499 because it's the 2005 model (like, who cares if it's last year's model?). I don't think I'll be doing the round Lake Taupo race in November (my sister, Janine, is in a team doing this for the first time). But I will ride to and from the gym (I tried it yesterday, easy peasy (apart from being a bit nervous on the roads - I mostly stuck to the Hutt River trail).

Here's the blurb from the Avanti site:
"All-road comfort! The Spirit offers reliable Shimano parts, Suspension Fork/Seat Post and comfort Avanti Saddle. The ultimate comfort ride, perfect for riding through the park followed by a cafe attack!" Sounds just like the perfect bike for me.

12 comments:

Penny said...

Yay! I like my bike too :) I used to bike to work with DS on the front in a special seat for a while until I got pregnant. Before DS was born I biked everyday (pretty much) to work. It's great exercise.

Anonymous said...

who hoooooooo thats so exciting Mel. You will be wondering why you never got one sooner.......

Anonymous said...

Mel that last comment was me. Janine as in welly Janine not sister Janine lol

karen said...

Mel, that's SO COOL!! I won't tell my scarey bike stories this week then lol sticking to the river trail sounds like a safe option until the cars get used to you.

Jessejames said...

Wow that is great ... I admire people who like biking as I cant stand it. I have done many a triathlon only to be a total sooky bubba on the bike ... friends in Lower Hutt are training for that Taupo thingy. Tried to get me to commit to it but I aint doing that. Have fun ... as I say I admire people who do it!

Yolanda said...

I envy you your new bike. I hope you enjoy it. Love reading your blog.

Sandra said...

Mmmmm. Bike riding!! Go you!!!
Personally, I like the sound of a short bike ride followed by a long latte.

Delys said...

Im with Sandra on that one! Enjoy your new bike..that is so cool that its your first bike too.

Lynda said...

Woohoo - go Mel!! Enjoy your bike.

Kirsty said...

Go Mel! Enjoy your bike and going for rides with the kids in the week-ends (when the weather improves - lol).

Jane said...

great news Mel ! well done ! enjoy your bike ! good colour choice too- mines PINk and a bit eeerrrm....embarrassing ! lol!

Lara said...

I'm hoping for one for Christmas - one each I reckon!