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Year of the bicycle

March 24, 2010

You might not know this, but 2010 is the year of the bicycle.   I decided last year that as soon as spring came, I’d get a new bike.  My old one got sadly rusted in its storage spot under the stoop stairs so I decided that what I needed was a folding bike I could keep upstairs.  I also decided that if I was going to buy my first ever new bike I was going to get something awesome.  Since I’m in New York we have shops that specialize in nothing but awesome folding bikes (of course?), so last friday I went in to Bfold to see what they recommended.

The store is tiny and packed with bicycles – a compelling testament to the compactness of the product.  I arrived just as they opened and got lots of help figuring out what I wanted.  The guys were very knowledgable and patient with me as I displayed my total ignorance.  Half an hour later I plunked down my credit card and soon I was the owner of this gorgeous Dahon Mu.  It was only when I said I’d be taking it home on the subway instead of riding it back that I felt I had let down the Bfold team! (“no helmet and I’m wearing a skirt”, I pleaded my case, though the reality is, I’m still a little scared of riding in Manhattan: I’m really not a very good cyclist – there was an incident once with a car full of old ladies in Cambridge that I really never want to mention again)

Anyway, the bike is a beauty, I can carry her upstairs one handed and she rides like a dream.   I rode both days over the weekend and the only problem was me: I’m SO out of shape.  The hills were killing me.  (“Thats why they call it Park Slope”, P laughed and rode circles around me)

Anyway, Noerah has promised me she’s getting her bike tuned up too, she has doctors orders to ride it, and I hope we’ll get a chance to go out somewhere fun for a nice long ride sometime soon!

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11 Comments leave one →
  1. Jolene permalink
    March 24, 2010 9:43 am

    That bike is super cool! My fave are the old-time bikes with the high handle bars. I would love to see you riding around NY on one of those!

    • March 24, 2010 9:45 am

      There is a store in Brooklyn (near Coney Island I think) that sells all old time bikes that are SO beautiful… but they are super heavy, unlike my little baby! If you come to NYC you can not only see me ride it, you can ride it yourself!

  2. March 24, 2010 8:33 pm

    Sweet! You are always welcome to join the cycling crew I ride with up and down the Pallisades to Nyack (that is, once you consider the “slope” not much of a hill at all…). Keep at it – spring is here!

    • March 24, 2010 8:52 pm

      Sounds like a great ride if I can get myself in shape – I bet its beautiful. I’m definitely going to try!

  3. JPR permalink
    March 25, 2010 8:55 pm

    fabulous! no you just have to start riding to work to lower your carbon footprint even more. HA! I know exactly how hard that is. Have fun.

    • March 25, 2010 9:13 pm

      I really WANT to ride to work sometimes…. but it does seem hard, especially w/ no showers!
      Did you used to do it?

  4. Sarah permalink
    March 26, 2010 10:39 pm

    wow! the bike is beautiful. i have a bit of serious bike envy. is it easy to fold? I would definitely recommend biking to work on occasion if you can. you’ll be shocked that it takes the same amount of time as the subway. and who doesns’t like a little stink? i mean, really.

    • March 26, 2010 11:17 pm

      its super easy to fold: and quick. you can come try it out anytime! I hope you are right on the stink factor: i know i’m a fan, and you’re a fan, and of course napoleon was a fan… we’ll see about the office!

  5. DRB permalink
    March 29, 2010 12:39 am

    For all bikers-the Argus in Cape Town is one of the most beautiful rides in the world. I personally have not seen a fold up bike before but that may be because I am not so observant.

    Enjoy your riding!!!

    • March 29, 2010 7:34 am

      How long is the argus? It sounds gorgeous but I need a whole lot more practice before I’d be ready for that!

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