I Have a Bike! Finally!

I love it, I love it, I love it. After many months of saying how much I wanted a bike, I finally went out yesterday and made the purchase.

It’s a Trek 7300.

New Bike!

It’s currently sitting in my living room because I forgot to buy a lock. (Whoopsie!) Luckily we have access to a storage room in the basement of a nearby building that was specifically built to hold bikes — the room has two bike racks inside, and you also have to have a key to get in the room itself. So I’ll be keeping it there once I get a lock.

Do you want to know the crazy part? What it was that kept me from making the bike-purchase for so long? I may have noticed an increase in my personal self-confidence, but I still have a huge fear of Looking Stupid (this is why my fear of public speaking — or being grilled in an interview — isn’t likely to ever get any better). My fear was that I’d walk into a bike shop, not having been on a bike in almost four years (since I studied abroad in the Netherlands; a time that included a drunken bike accident), and I would Look Stupid. Because, you know, there’s all these professional bike riders in there, and they know what they’re doing, and I don’t.

I’d already scheduled the day off work yesterday, so I decided part of the day would be dedicated to bike shopping. I did feel better about going in the middle of the week, rather than on the weekend when the shop would likely be more busy. I figured if I was going to look stupid, I’d at least do it with less people around.

And of course I had nothing to worry about. All the guys in there were extremely helpful. I’d looked at some bikes on the internet in advance that I thought I might be interested in, so I had a few models to throw out once I walked in. They picked out three different types and had me ride them around the parking lot, and I chose the one I liked best (after consulting with them to make sure it would fit my needs).

The guy I was dealing with most of the time explained how to use the different gears, and showed me how to take the front tire off (it looks pretty simple). I bought a helmet, and he took the time to adjust all the straps for me to make sure I got an exact fit. (It fits more snugly than I would have done it, so I guess it’s a good thing I bought it there and not from somewhere else!)

I also bought a bike rack that fits on the trunk of my car and holds two bikes. He showed me how to put that on as well. So far I’ve taken the bike off the rack and successfully removed the rack from my car — but I haven’t tried putting it back on yet. Hopefully I’ll get the hang of it soon. (I don’t want my bike coming loose as I’m driving down the highway! That would suck!) My sister Elissa bought a bike not long ago, and I’m planning a trip to Richmond over July 4th weekend, so I think that will be the perfect time to strap the bike back on my car.

I did take the bike for a spin yesterday as soon as I got it off the car. I was planning to ride it around the neighborhood, but before I knew it I’d been riding for over 45 minutes and I’d gone a lot farther than I’d planned.

I felt like a little kid! I was having such a good time. I would even describe my temperament as…giddy.

I had to stay inside for a few hours that afternoon to wait for a plumber (kitchen sink issues! gah!). But I went for another ride as soon as he left, and I was out that time for over an hour. I ended up (accidentally) finding an entrance to the Mount Vernon Trail, which, now that I’ve found it, I’m sure I’ll be using it often.

I have a bike! Yay!

(This also fulfills #65 on my 101 Things list: Purchase a bicycle.)

32 Comments



  1. That is super-slick! You’ll be an adrenaline junkie flying down slopes with your hands off the handlebars in no time…. ;-)

    TA x

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 10:17 am #
  2. Congrats on getting a new bike. I have a Trek as well and they aren’t very common here in Sweden. I love my bike!

    Hope you will love yours for a long time. :)

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 10:35 am #
  3. I have been having the same issue with going to the bike store. I have been doing a lot of internet searching but have put off the actual purchasing because I don’t want to look stupid at the store. For some reason needing to get measured at the store is freaking me out. Also, since it has been so long since I have been on a bike I am afraid that I won’t remember how to ride when I do the test rides. I know, probably all silly worries. I need to take your lead and just do it. Good hint on going on a week day. I may need to try that.

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 11:19 am #
  4. that’s great honey. be careful where you ride…trail or not. by the way, i was reading your june 2nd entry and and liked what you said, especially the last two para. luvu

    dad
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 11:30 am #
  5. Now you have to give it a sexy name!

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 11:40 am #
  6. Looking stupid is the reason I don’t do a lot of things, including riding a bike. LOL Fortunately for me, my boyfriend has begged me enough I am willing to risk looking stupid to do something with him that he really enjoys. Dude, I haven’t ridden a bike in 15+ years! Do you think I still know HOW TO RIDE?

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 11:43 am #
  7. I’m so excited for you!! I’m either purchasing a bike or roller blades next! I’ll have to take a look at the Trek 7300. :)

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 11:47 am #
  8. It looks like a great bike! Happy riding:)

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 12:11 pm #
  9. Yay — congratulations! :D

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 12:46 pm #
  10. Love the bike. Lisa is right – now you have to name the bike. :)

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 12:51 pm #
  11. I like your bike sis! Mine looks very girly compared to yours. It’s white with the Cannondale brand in purple and other purple details. I have a little disco bell too :)

    Elissa
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 1:06 pm #
  12. Giddy – that is how a bike makes you feel! Yay! I am so so happy for you! Happy Riding Z!

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 1:27 pm #
  13. I had a bike accident when I lived in China (you would not BELIEVE the traffic there) and I’m still too scared to get back in the proverbial saddle. Congratulations on your purchase–I’m sure you’ll really enjoy it this summer!

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 1:52 pm #
  14. Nice wheels. That is a good brand too. Congrats!

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 3:28 pm #
  15. Beautiful Bike! I also love your 101 list!

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 4:28 pm #
  16. super awesome :-) I’m jealous. I am looking forward to buying a real bike when I get to minnesota. my $5 bike is alright but definitely doesn’t inspire me to ride much.

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 4:57 pm #
  17. Bike riding is so fun, isn’t it? We just went the other night and had a picnic dinner right before and it was so nice and relaxing, just enjoying the beautiful weather…It sounds like you’re already having just as much fun!

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 5:21 pm #
  18. ok, so now angela wants a bike since both of her sisters have them now!! it looks like we are making a trip to agees or another bike shop around richmond within the next few days or so. how much does a good bike cost these days? i’ve got a mountain bike that i paid about 300-350 for. is your bike made for women or is it both sexes? thanks zan for the info!

    lostboy
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 5:25 pm #
  19. Thing I learned two weeks ago the hard way: cross railroad and trolley/streetcar tracks at a 90 degree angle. Woo, that wasn’t fun! Your bike gets yanked into a straight line (in the track) and you go flying.

    I LOVE my bike. I have an old vintage mixie Shogun I found on Craigslist…it’s a bit hard to switch gears and get up hills on it, but it’s worth it. I figure if anything, I’ll just be in better shape :)

    Kate
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 6:14 pm #
  20. i LOVE your bike! congrats on going and getting it!

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 6:39 pm #
  21. damn woman
    your enthusiasm is SO CONTAGIOUS.

    I cant wait to hear what you call her.

    I vote for Atalanta.

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 7:12 pm #
  22. yay for getting a bike! Pedal out my way sometime! :)

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 8:53 pm #
  23. That is a BEAUTIFUL bike!! It looks to be in motion, even when parked in your room!! And thanks to Kate, I can see it clearly, and enjoy the entirety of each page of your blog again! Wonderful, on all counts!!!

    Another Chris
    Posted June 26, 2008 at 9:50 pm #
  24. Glad your search worked out for you! :)

    Did you happen to see one of the bikes that automatically shifts gears for you??

    Posted June 26, 2008 at 10:32 pm #
  25. Congratulations!

    Posted June 27, 2008 at 2:06 am #
  26. Congrats on the bike purchase. I too have a Trek (though the number is escaping me, it is a hybrid trail/road bike) and love it. It always makes me feel giddy to be whipping along on my bike and is a great way to exercise and still beat the summer heat!

    Molly
    Posted June 27, 2008 at 10:16 am #
  27. Yay! Look at that awesome bike!!

    I used to ride 100 miles a week before my son was born – I had a kick ass Terry Symmetry http://www.terrybicycles.com/cycling_savvy/symmetry.html which is now rotting away in my garage…

    When my son was a toddler, I had a cute mountain bike w/a toddler seat on the back. I would only ride w/him on the bike trail, I refused to have a bell, though. I would just yell “On your left!” and after a while it just became second nature.

    Trust me, you’ll look more stupid if you hit someone. ;)

    Posted June 27, 2008 at 5:09 pm #
  28. I’ve been thinking about getting a bike, and I was majorly surprised at how much to consider before purchasing one. I’m going to do some more research first, and ten head to a bike shop. I too am afraid of looking stupid since it’s been years, and I means years since I’ve been on an outdoor bike.

    Good luck with your new wheels. Who knows, you may turn into an avid cyclist! Just get into swimming, and hmmm, maybe enter a triathlon at some point.

    Posted June 27, 2008 at 11:30 pm #
  29. Good for you. Enjoy it.

    Posted June 29, 2008 at 12:26 am #
  30. I love my bicycle, too! It is such an awesome feeling to stop giving a crap what people think and do something you’ve been dying to do. I hope you have many hours of adventure on your bike :).

    Posted July 1, 2008 at 4:31 pm #
  31. Congtaulations on getting your new bike! I also have a Trek 7300, but a few years older than yours. Maybe I will see you out on one the trails one of these days.

    Posted July 1, 2008 at 11:22 pm #
  32. Score! Nice bike!

    Posted July 2, 2008 at 8:51 pm #