Saturday, November 16, 2013

Hiking and a New Bike

Yesterday we saw the movie Ender's Game.  It was really good. If you haven't seen it, you should go.  The characters are good and the special effects support the plot, instead of being the plot. When we came out the sun was setting, it was a beautiful evening.

This morning Jim went for a hike (without me).  It was a good workout for him, the trail goes UP, the trail goes DOWN, then back up and down.  I'm looking forward to the day when I can go suffer with him.

So while Jim was gone, I couldn't go anywhere. The park is large, and stuff is too far away to walk.  My two bikes aren't good for me at the moment, the road bike has clipless pedals and the mountain bike pedals have spikes in them.  We went to Target and looked at cheap bikes.  They're crappy bikes, with crappy components so I ended up getting a bike with no gears and coaster brakes.  It's hard using the coaster brakes. I have 40 years of muscle memory using hand brakes, I keep reaching for them and they aren't there.  My current technique is to slow down a bunch and then sort of jump off.  Here I am on my maiden voyage.

It's a cute bike.  I'm going to give it a couple of days and see if I can get used to the coaster brakes. This is a more or less disposable item so spending mass dollars on it makes no sense.


  1. Love your new bike!! Very cute:) Hope you are back suffering on the trail soon, also!

  2. Looks like a great cruiser for the park this winter! Glad to see you back in the saddle again!

  3. Cute yellow bike! Are you that tall, or are those 24" wheels? We rode cruiser bikes for the 18 months we lived in Belize, and believe it or not, I got used to coaster brakes again, after decades of riding bikes with hand brakes. When I got back to road/mountain bikes, I kept wanting to rotate the pedal around to brake for awhile. Now I'm all re-acclimated! Enjoy!

    1. They're 26 inch wheels. It's kind of a short bike, but it's a hoot to ride.