It’s no secret that I’m attached to my road bike, Mildred. We’ve been through some rough times together, but I can’t imagine being so happy on any other bike. But what does Mildred say about me? It’s an interesting question…
I take risks
Up until I bought Mildred, I had always ridden a mountain bike. But Jason, on the other hand, fancied the road bikes. For some reason, I let him convince me to get a road bike. It went kind of like this:
But I like mountain bikes, I would say. He would scoff and mutter something about “too heavy” and “unnecessary.”
How ’bout a hybrid? I would ask. He would scoff and mutter something about “lame” and “stupid.” (Luckily, he is much more accepting of ALL cyclists now…).
Okay, I’ll get a road bike, Why not. I said.
I enjoy naming inanimate objects
It seemed natural to name my bike. I thought that’s just what people did. But, I have since learned that not many people do name their bikes. I think more people should name their bikes.
Maybe I’ll start a movement: Name-Your-Bike-Month (NaYoBiMo)
I like being outdoors
This is an easy one, and it belongs here simply because I have a bike and she’s seen some hard miles. The more time spent away from nature, the grumpier I get.
I am happiest when I’m rolling through trees, the sun is beaming down on me, and I can hear the ocean/lake nearby. Okay so that last part doesn’t happen often, but when it does…that’s just pure bliss.
I want to be green and healthy
It worked out that I took a risk and got a road bike. Having a light bike makes commuting (in good weather) a dream. She has a rack on her and we have a couple panniers. I commuted over the summer for the first time, and the experience changed my perspective about our dependence on cars and gas. Commuting by bike is cheaper and healthier for me, my community, and the Earth. And by healthier, I mean both physically and mentally. The physical benefits are obvious, but I also found that I was able to handle stress more while at work! And a bonus was that by the time I got home, I had biked most (if not all) of my stress away, and was better able to enjoy my evening. In all, this experience made me more committed to being both a green and healthy person.
I have an obsession with the color blue
Blue is now my favorite color, but it wasn’t so at first. In fact, at the time I picked Mildred my favorite color was red. But alas, I had only one option in our price range and it was her. I didn’t fall in love with the color at first, and we tried different colored handlebar tape: white, black.
But then one day, after I had told Jason I was sick of the white and then forgotten about it, he came home with a surprise! Blue handlebar tape!
Once she was all wrapped up in her pretty blue tape…now that was when I really fell in love and became attached. It just fit her, she just looked right.
And that’s when it all began. Before I knew what was happening, everything I purchased was blue. Blue shoes. Blue backpack. Blue glasses! Blue coats! Blue blog! blue BLUE BLUE! Everywhere!
I can be patient when I want to be
It was a difficult and long road getting used to Mildred. I referred to it as my love-hate-love relationship in a previous post. In fact, I hated it so much as first, that I considered a crappy, rented, cruiser bike to be more comfortable for riding around than Mildred!
I care about women
Last, but certainly not least, my bike shows that I care about women. My bike is a Trek, and Trek is a company that is good to women cyclists.
Share Your Story
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