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Thursday, August 18, 2005

So I got on a bicycle this week for the first time in (mumble mumble) years.

There's nothing like feeling klutzy to start with and then road testing a bicycle in front of your husband AND a bicycle shop employee while dodging cars in the parking lot.

Husband's helpful comment: "it's just like riding a bike, honey. . ."

Thanks, dear.

I need a name for the bike. My last bike's name was Floyd (it was pink). The colors on this one haven't lent themselves well to any new names. I'm open to ideas.

If you see me huffing and puffing around the Lake Hefner trails, give me some room, ok? Thanks.

And I think we'll leave socknitting while riding a bicycle to some other Extreme Knitter.

8 Comments:

At 5:02 PM, Blogger Annie said...

pink Floyd, eh? Gee, that's a good one. You didn't say what colors your new bike is. I name pets after authors, like O'Henry and Dickens. Dickens is a Maltese. But you could name it Annie or Dillard because it is your opportunity to get out into the natural world.

Annie

 
At 5:03 PM, Blogger Annie said...

Or Henry for Thoreau. :)
(I love the name Henry. Silly, isn't it?)

 
At 4:34 AM, Blogger Kathryn said...

My student bike, which I left for 5 years unlocked outside my Cambridge college and nobody, not one person, stole it (I was mortified on its behalf) was known as Cosette, on the grounds that she was an orphan without much going for her! My current model really belongs to Darling Daughter so I'm not responsible for her shameful anonymity,- but I do use her most of the time around the parish. My car, which is a very small silver Daewoo Matiz, is known, ironically, as Max!
Enjoy your cycling, whatever name you choose :-)

 
At 8:46 AM, Blogger G. Brooke said...

There was some talk about naming cars, and other vehicles, over at Susie's recently. I suggested naming alliteratively with the model of the bike.

My best biking advice is, ride in the street and "be traffic": think of yourself as a really slow motorcycle, don't pass on the right, signal your turns, etc. Have fun!

 
At 8:52 AM, Blogger Emily said...

Thanks for all the suggestions.

When I lived in Tucson, I was quite the cyclist, but it was a very bike-friendly town, nice wide streets, lots of bike lanes.

OKC not so much. But there are some nice trails around Lake Hefner and a few other places.

 
At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Lorna said...

when i got my new bike (12 years ago) our daughter was a baby and our son a toddler. We had them both watching with hubby while I test drove it and then had to cycle home alone in the cold March afternoon.

We use bikes a lot here in Finland. Good cycle paths plus exhorbitant gas prices and expensive cars makes you :)

I've never named my bike. My first car was called Jemima.

I think Maxi might be a good name though. As in Maximum effort needed to get up those hills, but what fun to freewheel down the other side.

May your bike trips be blessed and filled with fun :)

 
At 9:37 AM, Anonymous Lorna said...

when i got my new bike (12 years ago) our daughter was a baby and our son a toddler. We had them both watching with hubby while I test drove it and then had to cycle home alone in the cold March afternoon.

We use bikes a lot here in Finland. Good cycle paths plus exhorbitant gas prices and expensive cars makes you :)

I've never named my bike. My first car was called Jemima.

I think Maxi might be a good name though. As in Maximum effort needed to get up those hills, but what fun to freewheel down the other side.

May your bike trips be blessed and filled with fun :)

 
At 11:06 AM, Blogger Songbird said...

The last time i got on a bike, I fell off. Sigh. I think it was just too big for my 5 foot tall self, and I sometimes wonder if I wouldn't enjoy riding a bike again if it were only the right size.
Pink Floyd, very funny.

 

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