Just like I finally had to realize that John from “John and Kate Plus 8” really is a tool (come ON dude, I was on your side for the first few days), I finally broke down and bought a bike! Here she is:
Bikes, just like boats and cars, are always female. Now, I know what you are all thinking in your head. What is Adam going to name it!? Probably nothing - I never got into the habit of naming stuff. Even my cars I refer to as “Red Car” and “Black Car”. I am boring. But just like my blog title says. If you are reading this, so are you!
I bought it approximately 5 hours after receiving my stress fracture diagnosis. My wife was out of town all weekend, so I didn’t have to face her disapproving tone when I announced that I was off to buy a bike. In fact, when I told her on her way back into Phoenix, she didn’t even believe me. You’d think that I constantly play tricks on her or something. I wouldn’t do that, right?
Now for the nerdy bike specs: It is a Trek 1.1. It has two tires and one set of handlebars. It is made out of metal. It has brakes. Other than that, I have no clue what the various “specs” are. Well, that isn’t true. I had the bike guy put it on a bike scale and we determined that it weighs 22 pounds. Considering I’ve probably had bathroom breaks that were half that weight, I figure it isn’t too bad.
While shopping around, I did have my first encounter with a bike snob. I went into a specialty bike store that was very close to my house and asked about the (very) entry level Trek 1.1. The salesperson then went on to say that they don’t stock that bike…blah blah blah… we sell what we want to ride… blah blah… not good enough to even piss on. I turned around and left. I don’t need that crap. For that matter, I’m not going to throw down $2,500 on a bike when the last bike I owned was a $50 10 speed huffy – in middle school. Trust me, I had to beat the girls off with my Velcro trapper keeper.
It made me think a bit about the differences between runners and bikers. While I think that there are certainly ‘geared up’ runners, biking sure does lend itself to a lot more gear. I’ll have to jot some more differences down and make a full post out of it. I will say that I COMPLETELY give bikers a pass on waving to me while I am running. I about ran into a few cars on my first ride waving at a few runners because I refused to be that “stuck up biker guy”. I eventually had to just yell “GOOD MORNING!” keeping both hands firmly planted.
Overall it was a good purchase. It is fun to get out there and feel the breeze – even if it does make my ass hurt like a week long bender full of Mexican food.