It has been WAY too long since I hung out with my favorite DC gals. I HAVE MISSED YOU!!!
Yellow was never my favorite color until now. I’ve posted about my Salsa Warbird a couple times on here before, but as the weeks have flown by I’m finding myself fall more and more in love with him. Because he’s a him. He still needs a name though and I’m open to suggestions.
Here are 5 reasons I’m LOVING THE BIKE lately.
1) Getting dirty.
All sweat aside, I never realized what a clean sport running was by comparison until I started riding a bike. This past Tuesday I went out for 16 miles on the rail trail near my house and it wasn’t until the end that I realized I was splattered with filth and mud all the way up my legs. There’s something very satisfying about getting so dirty while exercising.
2) The downhills.
They feel like I’m flying! There are some good hills near my house and I’m finding that I love going as fast as possible down them. It’s scary and exhilarating. So far I’ve topped out at around 30 MPH and I’m excited to go faster.
3) The scene.
Much like the awesome network of runners in my area, there is also a great bike scene. People are so friendly! A good friend of mine is a big part of the social bike scene in Baltimore and added me to a bunch of different group rides. I’m so excited to participate in some of these!
Way more fun than driving and faster than I can go on foot. Now that I’ve grown more comfortable riding with traffic I want to ride EVERYWHERE. I just need to get myself a lock so that no one steals my bike.
5) Just look at HIM!!!
He’s so pretty I can hardly stand it!! My helmet matches, making me EXTRA visible.
The only downside to all of this is that biking is even more expensive than running. My friend, Fireman Chip, told me that—much like running shoes—the correct number of bikes that one is supposed to own is “N+1”. I’m a total newb and can already see how that’s true. Then there’s the gear. I need gloves. I need pants with padding in the butt. I need a tool kit just in case I get a flat while I’m out riding, which knowing me would totally happen at some point.
The list just keeps on growing and I don’t even mind it.
So who has some bike name suggestions for me??
I hope everyone has a spectacular weekend! Are you racing?? Tell me about it so I can cheer you on!