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.