But the lovely Tonya, who helped me, convinced me that there was more to it than just “getting on the road.” She asked about my body, my aches and pains (low back), and my “cycling goals” (really? Just getting on the road isn’t a goal?). The city where I live has an extensive canal system with paved bike trails. My grocery store is just a mile away. Those were my two immediate goals:
- to ride the canal for fun and fitness
- to make trips to the grocery store in late fall, winter and spring to reduce my carbon footprint (summer in AZ is hot mess, more than a cruise around the block is too much.)
1. Choose the TYPE of bike.
Tonya suggested that if I went on a long ride on the canal, even though it was flat, I would really appreciate an easier speed on the way home. An easier speed might even result in a longer ride–and I liked the sound of that. So a beach cruiser was eliminated. Because I am not much of a dirt person, a mountain bike was ruled out too. This leaves me with a “hybrid” bike. This bike gives me the flexibility of choosing handlebars that keep me sitting upright (think Wizard of Oz) to keep the pressure off my low back. It gives me gears if I get really good at this and decide to ride longer distances. It gives me slightly wider tires, good for road cruising and effective if I have to use a dirt path on some segments of my ride.
Choose the SIZE of bike
Choose the PRICE
Find the bike
When I saw a mint green Schwinn like the one in this picture, my heart skipped a beat! A blue bell on those handlebars would make it sparkle! And perhaps I might also sparkle! I emailed about it and made an appointment to see it the next day. By the next day, it was gone. GONE!