Friday, April 24, 2009

I'm In Love And It's NOT With My Girlfriend!


On our little beach vacation, all four of us took our bikes. Mine's a mountain bike that I've had for a long time, and frankly, I don't ride enough to be comfy on it.

When we arrived at the beach, I told everyone that I'd just stay back and
they could ride around the island. Cars scare me. My own lack of athleticism scares me. I'm a chicken-shit.

My "lime in the coconut" friend, whom I love dearly, offered to let me ride hers. She has an Electra Townie that looks like something your grandmother might ride. I tried it, knowing that it was me, not the bike that was the problem.


WRONG.

Who knew I was such an athlete?

I honestly haven't had this much fun since I was 12 years old riding my Baby Blue Schwinn with a Psychedelic Banana Seat! She never got to ride her own bike. I claimed it for the entire time!

Since we've been home, I've wanted to do nothing more than ride THAT bike. I've dreamed about it day and night. Yesterday, I called Eastside Cycles in Nashville, TN, our local bike shop and asked if they had one in stock. Dave told me that they had one in every color. All I had to do was pick.


I couldn't wait for yesterday's work day to be over. My Love, The Singer and I all piled into the little pickup truck and headed to the bike shop. I immediately fell in love with the blue one....until Scott told me to take the Leaf Green Metallic one out into the sunlight. Angels sang. I knew she was for me.

Then, My Love started looking and decided on the Baby Blue Pearl after taking it for a spin around the block. The Electra Townie truly rides like a dream.

As we milled around the store, The Singer spotted a tricked-out Electra bike that the owner had used for the last year and had for sale. Truly stunning, this bike is. With a dark green body, a gorgeous leather seat and handles, plus big white side tires. It took very little talking to convince her that this bike was for her. We all three came home with new rides.

I can't wait to get home and play on our new bikes. Honestly, yo
u've got to get your ass on one of these bikes if you ever enjoyed riding as a kid!

P.S. We traded seats and handles, so my green one has white ones now....but someday soon, it'll be tricked out with the candy stripe ones...

33 comments:

Jess said...

All you need is a beer holder and you will be SET!

Bond said...

Very cool..I am thinking about a new bike for some exercise...

Jude said...

I got a pearl silver ET with a red seat and handles. It's a dream ride. Have fun with yours!

Mike Golch said...

works for me.only if the seizures would settle down maybe I'd get a bike again to ride as well.I hope that you have a great weekend!

13messages said...

I want one so badly. Enjoy yours. It's beautiful, as is today's weather.

Gary Rith Pottery Blog said...

oh, that bike is tres sexy too....

SkylersDad said...

Very cool, I bet you look fabulous riding it around!

vixen kitten said...

Love the new bike! But the seat. Oh damn do I have seat envy right how! It's HOT.

Have a beautiful weekend riding around!

xoxo
~vk~

Anna said...

Tassels. And a hockey card stuck to the spokes with a clothespin. That's how we tricked out bikes out when we were kids.

Enjoy your ride!

lesbo said...

those bikes ARE a dream! A friend has one and I love it!
Show us some picsof you and your new ride :)

Akelamalu said...

I hope you don't get saddle sores! LOL

Dana said...

As you might remember, I bought one last year - got on her last weekend for the first time this season and she rode so well. All of those feelings of joy and conquest quickly filled my brain ... it was ecstasy!

*blushes* That sounds kind of dirty, doesn't it?

g-man said...

Now all you need is a clothes pin and a playing card and you'll be all set!! :) I love riding my bike, I have a Trek hybrid. (formerly my wife's bike until she got a nice road bike) We have one more set of training wheels to get off before we can go over hill and dale as a family.

P.s. My wife is headed your way today, she will be running in the Country Music Half Marathon on Saturday.

Melissa said...

I WANT THIS BIKE.

Glad you found it!

Evil Twin's Wife said...

That is one sweet bike! I love it and I haven't been on a bike since I was probably 10 or 11.

meno said...

That is just what i need. I'm sick of bikes that have my butt higher than my shoulders.

She's a beaut all roight!

Just me... said...

This looks like a great bike... The weather will be perfect this weekend for a ride... Okay, I'm jealous!! Enjoy!! :):)

Jules said...

Oh I love it!! A wicker basket would be perfect!

Queen-Size funny bone said...

sounds like great fun. I love riding a bike but we have nothing but hills around here.

CRUSTYBEEF said...

she is rather pretty and sharp! :)

C said...

wow! diane and i ride, too. she has a crimson diamond back and i have one like yours in tan. i have a cool bell on mine, and plan to get the basket soon so it will hold stuff for picnics. we started riding 3 years ago with our friend rob. my work has a bike ride contest in august that we are getting in shape for now, 45 miles.
have fun, honey!

C

Raechelle said...

Go chicky go! Have fun with it!

Bina said...

I love those bikes! They are so cool looking.

I have a Motobacayne, or something like that. My hubby does Tri's and we took both our bikes to Panama City Beach last year. It was so freaking cool to ride on Beach Front Road. I love bike riding.

Jen said...

I have a pink Electra Townie that I've had for 3-years, but only ridden once. It's certainly not like my road bike, but I bought it to go run errands - not race. However, I never ride it b/c I have no one else who has one to ride it with. The husband tried, but his racing bicycles are way too fast! These awesome Electra's are HEAVY and you should only mosey on them anyway. I heart mine and can't seem to give it up even though it never gets ridden.

Have you checked out Electra's website? It'll have you drooling. . .

Fortune Cookies said...

I love the new bike! I wonder if they have one that will carry my big ass?

Jeanne said...

I had the same experience -- not much of a bike-rider, always figured it was me, until 14 years ago or so I bought a Specialized. I love the wind blowing through my hair as I whiz down the bikepath!

phd in yogurtry said...

Your post makes me want to climb on my old Schwinn and take a spin. My husb complains that his knees hurt, my son doesn't want to ride with me anymore. Wah. Need to find a riding buddy.

Scarlet said...

I need to get my bike out again after reading this post. There's nothing like outdoor exercise on a cool and gorgeous leather seat!

Isabella Snow said...

And where are the photos of this excursion??? ;-)

Karie said...

HA! You'r adorable. I LOVE doing things that make me feel like I'm a kid again. I've been considering getting a bike actually. My friend was talking about a pink one she really wants and it got me thinking. I haven't been on one for SO long. It would be so much fun to bike around the block with friends! Maybe stop at the convenient store and grab a soda and candy bar. hahaha. I hope you guys have fun on yours! If you get the seat, you should definately post a picture!

fiwa said...

I totally have bike envy! I want a banana seat tho. ;)

Brad said...

We have great (read:flat)riding trails at the new office. I've got my heart set on a new bike. I'll have to check out this Electra Townie!

Kathryn said...

So.... I read this when you posted it nearly a month ago and it really got me thinking. I haven't been on a bike since I was 7 years old but next week I turn 30 and I'm going to buy a bike and start cycling again.

Thanks for the inspiration.