So, what happens when two people have been cooped up all winter dying to be outside doing something active (other than godforsaken yard work)?

They flip out on the first warm/sunny weekend day of the year and make a big purchase (somewhat) on a whim.
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We’ve had two bikes in the garage that we’ve been talking about “fixing” forever – a “performance” (I have no idea what that means) bike that Jon’s had for 15-20 years that he hasn’t ridden in ages, and a bike that Jon’s mom gave to me (temporarily) a few years ago that I’ve never ridden. We finally took them to a local bike shop yesterday to have them evaluated/tuned up/aired up because it was a gorgeous day and it just seemed like the thing to do.

We were told Jon’s bike is definitely worth repairing/tuning up, but I was told that mine doesn’t fit me.

We left both to be tuned up, but looked at the shop’s new/used ones, too … and they were pretty and I know you get what you pay for and all that … BUT … $1000 for two bikes that might end up in the garage after I’ve broken an arm and/or decided I hate riding, in general, after I’ve tried it? Not happening.

I grew up riding bikes. I rode my bike to school, all over my neighborhood, everywhere. I have not, however, ridden a bike in over 10 years. There is just no way in hell I can justify that kind of cash for something I’m not sure will be worthwhile – and I am a MASTER at justification.

I would’ve happily bought a bike from the shop if they’d had a used one even close to my price range … but we ended up at Target, where we both bought bikes that A) we could afford and B) I can tear up as I learn how to ride – because seriously, I don’t even know how to change gears.

I like mine.


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It was dark by the time we got home with the bikes yesterday, so we had to wait until this morning to ride them. Jon spent a couple hours messing around with them and fixing stuff – then we had to buy the helmets – then I FINALLY practiced in the neighborhood and in a nearby grocery store parking lot.

I was feeling nervous about the cars – and feeling like I might need training wheels – so we loaded them up and went to the greenway.

(So we’re up to helmets + rack + tire pump so far for this new hobby.)

Had to wait for the rain to stop. Yes, we were THAT excited.

We ended up riding just under 5 (very wobbly, for me) miles on the greenway. I was scared – and I rode the brake going down almost all hills – and I just about died when a squirrel ran out in front of us – but it was good practice.
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I have pretty vivid memories of riding my bike to my elementary school – all anxious each day because what if the rack was full and there was nowhere to lock it up and OMG I’d have to go back home and MISS SCHOOL. I remember that the bike riders wore a path in a cotton field that we cut through (and I wonder now if I’ll eventually develop some dreadful disease from all the crop dusting I was exposed to as a result of living/playing right in the middle of two cotton fields). I remember that I had a lock with pink plastic over it for most of my elementary school years. I also remember that I never wore a helmet. Nobody did – as far as I can recall.

I value my brain a little bit more now, but I had no idea what to buy, where to buy it, how it’s supposed to fit, etc., so I googled and bought one and am hoping for the best.


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I’m really glad we decided to do this. Kinda sucked that it was rainy and cold today, but it was SO MUCH FUN – in a terrifying (to me) sort of way.

I’m hoping that this will be really fun way for us to be active together this summer – and hoping that I don’t kill myself.


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I did the jogging thing in the neighborhood yesterday and will admit that it was harder than the treadmill – Jon might not be totally crazy – but I will also admit that I am SO going back to the treadmill this week when I’m doing it alone.

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