I bought a new bike a couple months ago. It's definitely a step up from my old hybrid. This bike is legit. And I guess it makes me a legit biker. People keep commenting on it and I just act like I know a thing or two about cycling... "Sweet bike. Is that a Raleigh Revenio 4.0? Carbon fork? Ah, Shimano Ultegra gears - the best. 10 speed. Smooth shifting." To which I reply: "Yep. And did you see the awesome red tires and matching waterbottle?!"
I really do like my bike and I have to admit that it is pretty awesome. I splurged a little because I wanted to start commuting to work some. I wish I could commute to work everyday, but the reality is that I live in SE Portland and I work 13 miles away in the suburbs. Biking to work takes about an hour and it's uphill both ways (I'm still not sure how that's possible, but it's true!). So I've committed to biking on Wednesdays (ok, I don't have a perfect record, but I'm doing pretty good).
My coworker Mike has been my biggest supporter. He's an avid biker and is the one who planted this whole bike commuting idea in my head. He helped me research different bikes, came with me to look at this one before I made the purchase, and showed me the route to work on my first ride. He even sings the Rocky theme song as we're going up big hills and always encourages me when I want to quit and let my cool red tires roll backwards down said hills. Thanks, Mike!
Today we biked to work together, leaving his house at 6:10am and getting out to Tigard just before 7:00. Talk about a morning boost! We took the "scenic" route home (aka the longer, hiller route) and it was tough but definitely gorgeous. When we got back into SE, we decided that we deserved a beer and it was just too sunny not to make a stop at Apex Bar and sit out on the patio. It's always tough to get out of bed and put on my biking helmet, but at the end of the day I'm always glad that I did. And I don't have to go to the gym after work either!
a nice view of Mount Hood on my commute home on Barber Blvd
blackberry break on the way home today