Year of the bicycle
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!