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.
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, you'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...