Blogreader Adrienne passed along this fascinating bike blog by a friend of hers that I’m sure you’ll be interested in, which reminded me that I’m really excited to psych myself up for riding to work starting in May or June. The building is about 2.5 miles from my house on a nice flat route and only one scary street crossing, so I’m looking forward to it.
Seriously, this little tableau is a part of my commute, a part that I never see when I drive to work:
Astonishing beauty aside, there are some obstacles to this plan:
- I am massively lazy.
- Perhaps this is because I stand up and run around at work for a dozen or so hours a day. I’m a bit worried biking to work will use up precious energy I need for, uh, work.
- I’m a scardey cat and only want to bike to work when I can get a ride home at night or can get home before dark (which as of yet has never actually happened).
- I am constantly lugging insane amounts of food/containers/groceries/laundry/boxes to go to the PO to and from work. I guess I will need to buy some sort of bike trailer in time, sigh.
- I own two bikes, and both have problems. One is a newish Schwinn that I do not like because it’s ugly. The other is a 1960s Schwinn I always ride, which might explain why I secretly hate riding my bike. It weighs at least 50 lbs and can’t be ridden on anything but the most freshly poured concrete unless you want it to turn your arms to jelly. It also doesn’t particularly like turning, and is crazy rattley, even though I recently (and by recently, I mean: three years ago) got it completely tuned up. And it has foot brakes, which terrify me. BUT I LOOK SO FUCKING CUTE RIDING IT! I know what I need to do is what my bike guru pal Randy has suggested a trillion times and sell both bikes and get a nice comfy rideable new bike that looks vintagey and cool and thus have the best of both worlds. OK, soon.
Speaking of wheeling around, did I ever mention that we bought this electric scooter?
For complicated reasons involving the DMV not being able to tell us if we need motorcycle licenses/license plates or not (we keep going in and they keep saying, “Uh…I have no clue.”) and not wanting to shell out $300 a piece for helmets, we’ve never ridden it anywhere except up and down our street. For a while we were going to sell it, because we convinced ourselves it was an impulse buy that wouldn’t actually fit into our lives that well, but now that we have the building, it’s going to be a perfect second car! Unfortunately, if we had $600 right now I would steal it to give to my contractor to put a window into the shop, not helmets, so it will have to wait a wee while since I’m terrified of driving the thing and certainly am not going to go out without a helmet (and even though it’s a scooter, I still sort of want a cool non-leather motorcycle jacket).
The other thing is that I want to put a bike rack at the shop. And unlike a normal person, who buys a normal, industrial, plain jane thing and is done with it, the bike rack thing has lodged itself in my brain as a Thing of Potential Awesomeness, so I asked around and Randy (and Adrienne! This post is dedicated to you two.) gave me amazing ideas. Randy’s typical bit of brilliance was a custom bike rack that says BONBONS.
I! MEAN! COME! ON!
HOW FUCKING AWESOME IS THAT IDEA?
But with thought, I actually think I like this idea better (also from Randy): getting my logo (of which I have a new one, which you are going to kvell over when I finally unveil it!) made into a rack. SO RAD.
So now we will enter Phase Two of Thing of Potential Awesomeness: committing myself to not buying the cheap Not Awesome thing, and saving up forever in order to buy the Thing of Definite Awesomeness, while being annoyed at not having The Thing for months and perhaps years. This is how I live: like a 12-year-old girl who saves up her allowance for three weeks in order to get the huge lollipop and suffers the entire time because she knows she could be eating the smaller lollipops.
You know what? It’s a pretty fucking awesome way to live. Infrequent huge lollipops add so much more value to a life than frequent standard-issue lollipops, don’t you think?
I’m going to appreciate the crap out of that custom bike rack around 2013 when it arrives…