I don’t have a car. I sold mine a few years ago after it burnt too many holes in my wallet. It’s not so bad without a car. PT in Brisbane is reasonable and I love to walk, especially when it’s raining. I like to hang my hand out of the umbrella and feel the cool rain drops sprinkle their magic across my skin.
As lovely as this all is, doing my weekly market shop by foot has become more of a chore than a pleasure. My neck and back don’t like being laden with heavy bags full of delicious fruit and veg. And I don’t particularly like looking like a crazy bag lady either. So I decided to get a bike.
My lovely family gave her to me as a gift for my birthday. Originally I had my eye on a vintage-style bike from Reid Cycles. Unfortunately their bikes and their service left a lot to be desired (if you’re thinking of getting a Reid bike, sadly, the reviews are not good).
Luckily I looked elsewhere and ended up with this beauty from New Farm Bikes.
The salesman at this shop really knew his stuff and was super patient with me while I made up my mind. He allowed me to test ride the bike, threw in a free service and a bike lock, and answered all my silly amateur cyclist questions (How do I use the bike lock? Can I ride on the footpath? Do I need lights?). There really is so much to know about cycling – helmets and panniers and pumps, oh my!
Gosh cycling is fun! It is what I imagine flying to feel like – peaceful and calming with fresh, cool air whisking across my face. But I’ll be honest, I’m also a little scared. Scared of main roads, angry motorists and most of all, the serious profesh cyclists in their Lycra peddling at crazy speeds along bike paths. Eek! The first day I rode to work, I was shaking so much I could barely hang on to the handle bars (good times).
In saying that, after a few short rides, I’ve decided cycling is the bomb – it is good for me and great for the environment so I’m not going to let a little fear get in the way. That’s why, for the next 30 days, I’m committing to finding my cycling legs – I’ll cycle to work and home every day, to the markets, to the shops, to coffee with a friend – basically everywhere I used to walk will be replaced with cycling.
If you see us scooting around Brisbane do come and say hi. I’ll give you a sweaty cycling cuddle.
Do you cycle? And if you do, do you ever get scared?
Thanks to Koren for her amazing photog skills.