Saturday, March 31, 2012

Bikes! Bikes everywhere!

After returning home from my clipless adventure yesterday, I accompanied Scott (via truck) to the Vienna Spokes, Etc location so he could test ride a deeply discounted 2011 Specialized Crux Elite. SpokesPerson Mike set him up on a 54cm frame and Scott took it for a spin.

Later that afternoon and closer to home...
While he was out, I spied a row of Trek cruisers and, out of curiosity, sat on one. Wow, it was comfy. But totally unnecessary. I was still mentally arguing with myself when Scott returned and took out a 56cm frame for a test. Okay, I was going to test the cruiser, too.

Wow. I grinned like the Cheshire cat the entire time I was on that bike. Super comfy, super easy to "drive", and more fun than a barrel of drunken monkeys. My mind was made up by the time I got back to the shop. Happily, Scott's mind was made up as well and we both walked out of the store with new bikes; although, his didn't include a basket and streamers.

How cute is she??
 We had to go out for a ride as soon as got home and I actually did a fairly good job of keeping up with Scott despite my being on a bike with no gears. Heh. I did finally lay off the afterburners and cruised while he took off and stretched his and the Crux's legs. I felt comfortable being helmet-less and enjoyed letting my hair flow in the wind. Everybody, and I mean everybody, smiled and waved at me on my silly little super girly bike. I was grinning ear to ear.

Reality struck when we got back home. We now have five bikes in our house. Holy cow, we've got to get on the ball with the basement remodel so there's some place to store them other than the bike garage dining room.

We'll have to remove the table to make room for the cruiser.
Good thing we don't use the dining room for actual dining purposes all that often.


  1. I'm so glad we are not the only ones who store bikes in the dining room! I always feel bad that when someone comes over there are at least 2-3 bikes sitting around the table. We actually have a space to store them, but they always seem to end up back in the dining area.

    LOVE your new bike! So cute, and it sounds like you're enjoying it thoroughly. There's something about just being able to cruise around that is so wonderful.

  2. I, too, am very glad to find like-minded spirits who know that bicycles belong indoors. A bike parlour near a door would be a key design feature of my ideal domicile. Instead or in place of a formal dining room or formal living room.

    1. Oh gosh, yes. I wouldn't dare leave them out back. We have a fenced yard but I'd hate to think of how quickly the elements would age our bikes.

      I like the idea of a bike parlour.

    2. I have 3 bikes in my dining room and one of them hangs from the ceiling. lol That's also where I keep the bike trailer. lol Then there's the 2 in the hall, and...

      Congrats on the new bikes! I LOVE getting a new bike!

    3. Heehee! I keep telling my husband that we should hang them from the ceiling so we have a ~little~ more floor space. I may wear him down eventually. The bike trailer, that we got from my sister-in-law this past weekend, is still in the back of the truck. It'll have to go into the basement.

      Thanks! I love how each of them provides a completely different ride so I can be fickle and pick a bike based on my mood. ;)

    4. Show him this:

      Maybe it will help build your case. Of course things don't look so neat and tidy in there anymore... *sigh* I'm considering hanging another... (This is why I'm single.)