Wednesday, July 1, 2009

Biker Chick



Inspired by some fellow bloggers who bike all over the place (you know who you are!), I decided to follow suit and purchase my own two-wheeler. Lacking the necessary funds at the moment, I did what all independent middle-aged women do - I called my daddy! *grin* Seriously, my birthday is coming up (ok, it's not until August but I'm a Leo, I don't wait for anything!) and I couldn't think of a better gift!

Now, here's the thing, I am probably the most uncoordinated person you will ever meet, it's a wonder I manage to walk straight without injury (and yet I still don 4" stilettos, go figure) so balanced precariously on two wheels is a challenge to say the least. I didn't even learn to ride until I was 8 years old, can you imagine? All of my friends were zipping down the block and there I sat all alone, unable to join them. Sad, right? No wonder I have all kinds of emotional issues!

But I digress...the point is that I have a "history" with bicycles. I only owned a couple in my life - after the childhood version I then moved on to a big girl bike given to me by a boyfriend when I was 14 but once I learned to drive I was done! I didn't hop on another bike until my husband (sensing a theme here?) bought me one for my 25th birthday. We rode the beach together, took leisurely trips around the neighborhood, etc. etc. Then I got pregnant...and pregnant again...and the bike sat in my garage gathering dust until one day in a childish temper tantrum (which were commmon) the soon-to-be-ex-husband threw out my bike as well as my daughters'. What the hell? Apparently they were "in his way" and "no one was using them." And yet he had piles of his own crap sitting all over the place, how is that fair? (Are you getting a clue as to why he is now an ex-husband?) Anyway, years of therapy got me through those ugly memories (sort've) and I'm ready to move on. Really.

So, several years pass and here I am, deciding to join the cycling world again. I was very particular about the exact style, though, no fancy-schmancy 10-speed or big-money beach cruiser, I wanted a Schwinn. Old-fashioned, retro, a blast from the past. It didn't take me long to find the perfect ride, and at Target no less! We picked her up last night and this morning before work I took her for a spin. I was terrified, I admit, thinking that I'd wipe out and have to call my children to pick my broken self up off the asphalt. But I went slowly & carefully, allowing my body to remember how to balance and before I knew it I was zooming along quite nicely! It was wonderful, so freeing and mind-clearing to be riding along with only my own thoughts and the neighborhood sights to amuse me. Such fun!



So, welcome, Rosie! I'm sure the two of us are going to be fast friends.

15 comments:

movinginspirals said...

Rosie is beautiful! What a wonderful early birthday gift. I have my own crazy bike history. Had a bad wipeout when I was seven and my mom wouldn't let me back on a bike. My husband had to reteach me about 30 years later! He bought me a retro bike too. Happy biking to you...

Rapunzel said...

thank you, movinginspirals! I'm glad I'm not the only one "relearning" after all these years. :) It's fun though!

kim said...

She's so pretty!!!

Rapunzel said...

Thank you, Kim! Now, if only the rain would stop so that I can ride her!

antgirl said...

I rode my mom's bike last summer when I went to visit. It was the first time I had been on a bike since I was about 18. I got blisters on my thumbs. LOL And other places ... :-O

Rapunzel said...

Antgirl, I can relate! :) Thank you for visiting the castle!

Alexis said...

I just wanted to say. . .I found your blog this morning and I love it! Do check out my blog, as well. I think it's the sort of thing you might enjoy.

Wishing you love, peace, joy, happiness. . .& more success!
Alexis aka The Success Diva

http://successdiva.wordpress.com/

jan said...

pretty you and pretty Rosie are my new inspirations! My birthday's coming up in a few weeks and I may have to place a call to my daddy... also love the new look of the blog.

jan said...

p.s. thank you so much for the "cutest blog" link! this is too much fun.

Jen said...

What fun!

I don't have a bike. My Dh and kids do, so its only a matter of time before I get one so we can go on family bike rides.

Susan said...

Hey, M ~

Love, love, love the new look! - Kali did a most wonderful job... :-)

Rapunzel said...

Alexis, thank you so much for stopping by! I visited your site and was instantly inspired, will definitely be paying you frequent visits there as well!

Rapunzel said...

Jan, thank you! I wish you lived closer so we could be biker chicks together! ;)

Rapunzel said...

Jen, absolutely! Let me know when you get your own version of Rosie. :)

Rapunzel said...

Susan, thank you, dear friend! xoxoxo