Friday, August 12, 2011
That title got your attention, didn't it? Actually, it should probably be titled "BIKE LUST", but it didn't sound like quite the same amount of fun.
Despite my lack of sparkiness the last few months, I haven't completely given up a more active lifestyle. We have been doing quite of bit of biking on our big box store bikes. Most of the time (9 times out of 10) I am pulling L and S in a bike trailer behind me. It doesn't make sense to buy a nice road, touring, or even hybrid bike when it is suffering this type of abuse. Plus I don't have the cents (okay dollars, okay hundreds or thousands of dollars). But I sure like to look. Treks, Cannondales, Giants all get my wide eyed attention.
Yesterday, DH took the day off of work (planned) so we could go to the beach one last time before school starts. As we were carrying out stuff from our van to the beach (and keeping the boys from darting into traffic), a man in full cycling uniform showed up on his Bianchi. He stopped and was stretching. I stopped and just stared - high performance wheels and tires the whole nine yard. I realized that I was staring and the guy probably though I was crazy - so I decided to make him sure of it. As I walked by him, I said "Sorry about the staring, I was just lusting after your bike." He smiled and I continued on my way. Yep, I know I'm not supposed to covet my neighbor's stuff, but well, it was a really really really nice bike. I'd say maybe some day, but I'm not sure I'd want a bike that expensive even if I had the money to spend on it.
I didn't realize that I hadn't posted since my brother's accident. His insurance didn't cover everything that he thought it should, but they paid out much more than I had expected them too. It turns out it was probably a whole combination of things that caused him to black out behind the wheel. I'd like to say that he learned something from the whole experience, but I don't think he did. Hopefully, something will sink in his head before too much longer.