However, after today, I think that we'll be okay. In fact, we'll be more than okay - we're going to have a great time together, for years and years, I hope! With that vote of confidence, I should introduce the new love of my life:
Yes, ahem, I got a new bike, and it still makes me want to do a very-excited-giddy-happy-dance! I also kind of start to hyperventilate when I think about how much money I just invested in it, but then I think about how we, this bike and I, are going to share so much together!
I should also say that I had no intentions of getting a bike in San Francisco. In fact, I had put the whole "I need/want a new bike" thing on the backburner. While I was still dropping little hints to Michael about a new bike, I had accepted the fact that it probably wouldn't happen. Really. Then, we went out to lunch in Marin with my friend, Rachel, who is an avid cyclist, and Michael suggested that we go to the bike store that she frequents, Sunshine Bicycle Center in Fairfax, CA. I walk into this tiny place full of gear and bikes and announce to the bike guy who approaches us, "I'm just looking. I'm definitely not getting a bike today!". And about 90 minutes later, I walked out of that shop, the sheepishly proud and excited owner of a new bike. Yes, it was an impulse buy in many ways, but it was so great to be there with a friend who went out with me while I tested out 3 different bikes, 2 of them 2-3 times, and would ask me questions about how I was feeling. She also is far more experienced than I and could look at me and give me a good assessment about the fit. I was definitely NOT dressed for a test-ride in my jeans and Doc Marten's, but even with such sporty clothes, I could feel how zippy and tight this bike was. A serious upgrade. Was I ready for it? Well, I took the plunge, partly because the price was so much better than anything I had seen in the LA area and partly because I had a huge crush on this bike.
As soon as we pulled into the driveway at our place on Tuesday afternoon, I grabbed my other bike, my lavender and white floral Fuji*, and took both of them down to the local bike shop where they swapped out the pedal system in about 5 minutes. And then I took my bike out (yes, it has a name, but we're both shy) for a quick spin around the neighborhood. I was so nervous! Definitely like that "first kiss" when things are kind of awkward and don't go quite as you planned. Not that there was anything "off", but the chain did slip, and on the first few hills I felt a little pain twinge in my left knee. Still, I wasn't about to give up hope on my bike!
So, I nervously (I know, I'm crazy, who gets nervous going out on a bike ride when it's a sweet new toy?) got back on the new bike today. The first few miles were still a bit shaky - there was tons of traffic, the wind was picking up, a lot was going on with other cyclists, yikes! And then I settled down, did a couple of nice climbs, hit some rolling hills and started to feel GOOD on the bike, enjoying how responsive it is, how powerful it feels on the climbs and sharp on the descent. Oh, boy, this is definitely love!
So, yeah, meet Sunshine. I know, Sunshine. The name is kind of cheesy, but it reminds me of the store where I bought it and of Colorado and Sunshine Canyon (where I got married), and it makes me smile, just like a beautiful day.
*Side note about the Fuji. I do feel that I could have stuck with it for another year, maybe even two. I definitely acquired it as a "starter" bike, wanting to see if I took to biking or vice versa. To be frank, I've never just LOVED it like I seem to already love the Trek, and it doesn't entirely have to do with the fact that the Trek is a nicer bike. To be totally frank, the purple and white color combination plus floral detailing just never rocked my world. So, yes, I'm pretty psyched about how my new bike feels, but to be honest, I'm just as excited about the colors which feel way more "me". Thank goodness I didn't invest in a bunch of purple or pink cycling clothing, except the pink socks that I'm rocking in that picture!