I'm giddy with glee because this weekend I finally got my new bike. After spending the last 6 months riding my sister's hand-me-down (a fine bike, but still not my own), my "dream" became reality. When we walked into the bike shop, J. left me alone to do all the talking and schmoozing myself. Later, over dinner, he said that he wanted to make sure that it's the one I really wanted. When I told him that I'd been in the shop two times prior, he look surprised, then he laughed. I know he thinks of me as an instant gratificationista, and someone who is slightly impulsive, but I've given this a lot of thought.
The first time I saw the Amsterdam bikes, I knew this was the bike manufacturer for me. As much as I love the vintage look of the Amsterdams, a woman on my street has one and you can hear her coming a mile away it's so noisy. Then Patti got her bike and she loves it. After that rave review I knew this was a done deal, at least in my head. I couldn't bear to get my bike before I left for Hawaii then leave it in the garage for a month while we were gone, so after a long, looooong wait. Heaven.
We spent Saturday biking all over town. We rode to the park and watched the girls "play soccer." We mapped out a route to Wallie's preschool where I hope to be able to bike her most days.
I love the girly "cut" of the bike because I love to wear skirts when I ride. There's nothing better than all that material billowing in the breeze. I love her removable basket to make shopping easier. I love her tinkly bell.
Today we rode to the pool and through a neighborhood we dream of living in someday. I've gone on quick errands, just me and my trusty Magnolia (her name). I can't wait to get to get to know her better.
Sugar magnolia, ringing that bluebell, caught up in sunlight, come on out singing
I'll walk you in the sunshine, come on honey, come along with me.
She's got everything delightful, shes got everything I need,
A breeze in the pines and the sun and bright moonlight, lazing in the sunshine yes