This is major becuase I really suck at riding street bikes. I tried to learn a few years ago. My friend A. will remember the disaster that was, as she tried to teach me in the park. She only laughed at me a little... Once she even included a mandatory post-lesson tequila shot... We both needed it by then. Long story short: I can do it, but it ain't pretty.
Maybe all the hours I have spent on the stationary bike this past year at the gym will help? Then again, maybe not... I listen to my iPod and I'm sure I have way too much lateral movement in my ribs (you know... groovin' to the tunes) to transfer it to a real bike. I'd probably go flying... or lurching... or just have people in the street titter and stare...
Hhhmmm... I am already talking myself out of this, so I'd best move on...
Anyway, thinking about getting a bike because:
- The gym is fine, but I have seriously missed some outdoor activity this year. Biking I can do, even with the injury situation.
- I'd like to find ways to incorporate more (or maybe just different?) activity into my day.
- It's just time to try something new... or in this case... try it again.
One of the things that holds me back is that I have no idea what to look for when buying a bike! None - nada - rien - nul - zippo!
What I do know is:
- I don't want anything expensive. Wipeouts are expected. Why drop huge amounts of cash on a "crash test dummy", so to speak?
- My legs (like the rest of me) are short. We're talking a 28" inseam here. OK, you can stop laughing now! I have found that bikes I have tried in the past are just too big - even with the seat all the way down. Where to find one short / small enough? Moreover, how the heck do you fit a bike anyway (without going to one of those expensive speciality stores where you could easily drop a year's worth of tuition on one)?
I am just letting this idea roll around in my head at the moment. Not sure what to do... Any advice or comments are welcomed...