Buying a new bike for myself has been in the works for awhile; I’ve remained open to the right time and circumstance for spending the money, being mentally motivated, and physically capable (having the trails and neighborhood roads, rider friends, etc). This weekend the spokes aligned. We recently moved and now live only a few blocks from the Greenway, in a people-friendly neighborhood (Five Points at Crabtree Trail). My year of yoga is complete (still practicing, just more at home than at the studio), so I’m motivated to figure out a new way to get my exercise, and I’m ready to learn how to get around by bike in Raleigh. To boot, George is eager to hop back on his bike, and my gal pals love their bikes and go on frequent rides.
Saturday was a beautiful fall day. After brunch at Irregardless, we found ourselves at Oak City Cycling, off Person Street, across from the new Yellow Dog Bakery and The Farmery grocery container. I interviewed one of the owners, David, earlier this year about their new local bike shop and the biking community in downtown Raleigh. Laughingly, I walked in asking to purchase a bike for around $200, but I knew then and you all know reading this, that that price is just too low for a quality bike. I chose a black Citizen bike fit for roads and some light trails: a “middle-of-the-road” tire! for $395. I got Knog LED lights for the font and back and an awesome helmet by Bern. Totally worth it. I feel comfortable, stable, light… and most of all, happy!… on my new bike. Thanks to Oak City Cycling!
The last bike I owned was a Cruiser (no gears, just for riding around a bit). I got it cheap on Craigslist, sort of as a training bike to figure out if I would want to spend the money on a bigger, better, real bike—but, it was just too different, and difficult with no gears, to really tell. I also lived in a small, second story apartment so getting it down and up was a pain. Plus, I didn’t have anywhere other than my living room to store it. Yesterday, I went on a 10 mile! trek from the my house to the Greenway (Crabtree Trail) to Crabtree Blvd to a friend’s house near Glascock Road. I wasn’t totally sure where I was going, but that was half the fun. Now, we just need a better app to help us get around Raleigh and our Greenway trails.