Kristen: Spoiler alert: Julie walked back into the house and said “Yay! I’m so excited!” Yesss! That was exactly the response I wanted to hear. Cycling should be exciting. Here’s the whole story:
Julie: I have a bike!!!!!! I got my new bicycle today. It’s a Bianchi C-Sport 1, color “Italian azzuro.” I know, very exotic, right?! But, seriously, it’s a beautiful bike! It had been in my possession for no more than 5 minutes before Kristen and I set out on our very first ride. Unfortunately, Mother Nature limited our first outing to 1.5 miles before rain and thunder interrupted, but there will be more to come. I did get a feel for my new ride and was able to practice some gear shifting.
Kristen: It was great to see Julie on her very own bike, even if only for 1.5 miles. She did great! We got to spend some time outdoors on an unseasonably warm Saturday in February biking through her neighborhood. We made it back just as the first rain drops started.
Average speed 6.5 mph
Distance: 1.5 miles
Elevation gain: 0 feet
Julie: One small step for cycling; one giant leap for me! Hey, I’m not kidding. It might not seem like much, but it’s a pretty big accomplishment in my book. Getting the bike is only half the battle. I’m not ashamed to admit that even simple things like mounting and dismounting are awkward right now and going fast makes me feel nervous; like I’m losing control of the bicycle. But, practice makes perfect and there’s nothing wrong with going slow until I am more comfortable. Stay tuned for more stats as I get more rides under my belt.
Kristen: Next time Julie and I ride together it will include a lesson in changing a flat -- we just digressed into a lesson about tubes, tires, rims, and of course the obligatory discussion of fat bikes, but now we’re back from our google rambling -- more advanced gear changing, and with some luck, a few more miles in the saddle.
Special thanks to Bianchi USA for donating Julie's new bike! Learn more about the C-Sport Uno at BianchiUSA.com.
- February 2017
- April 2017