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We have new bikes; I ate the dirt hard on my first quick ride.

Tuesday, October 20, 2009 by  
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Thanks very much for all of the birthday wishes yesterday! I had a wonderful day, and all the “Happy Birthdays” from my JSF friends put me in a great mood. You guys rock.

Lisa and I went bike shopping yesterday, and after many hours of riding and testing we both fell in love with hardtail mountain bikes. I rode a lot of bikes, but when I jumped on to the mountain bike I knew almost instantly it was for me. It just felt right. I rode it all over the place, both on and off road, and everything about it just “clicked”. I loved the riding position, the handling, the gears, the breaks, the feel…

Lisa loved the hybrid, but she also wanted to try the mountain bike out. After her first ride she said she actually preferred how the mountain bike felt on the pavement to the hybrid. After a lot more riding and testing she was 100% sure she wanted the mountain bike, too.

So we both got Trek 4300 series hardtail mountain bikes! Of course we also got helmets, water bottles, a car rack (there are some incredible paved and dirt trails around here!), and a tire repair kit. I put some pictures along with links and more information in my photo gallery. Thanks again mom and Mary Ann for this most unexpected, generous and completely awesome gift!

Embarrassing story time. So after we got home from the bike shop, I took the bikes off the car rack and decided to hop on mine for a quick 30-second ride. The land across the street from our house is still undeveloped and quite rough, and it was calling out to me. I took off full speed down the driveway toward the far curb before the open land. It’s been like 20 years since I’ve been on a bike, but as I reached the curb I hopped it just like I did when I was a kid. I sailed though the air feeling quite pleased with myself. This self-satisfaction was short lived, however: I didn’t realize that the “dirt” in the vacant lot was more like sand, and when my front tire landed it instantly sank. Physics, being the total ***hole that it is, took all that forward momentum and transfered it into PAIN. The bike flipped over and I banged the crap out of my left shin and cut my right ankle. I knew Lisa must have been panicked, so I quickly turned around to let her know I was OK, but she was laughing too hard to hear me. A couple neighbors saw the whole thing, too. I felt like an idiot.

As my brother said later, “Dude, bikes can be dangerous. Allow yourself to be a beginner for a change.” Good advice, and he’s right. I’m very competitive and always pushing myself, but I need to dial that back right now. Lisa and I took a nice long ride around the neighborhood a little later on, and it was a blast! Of course at one point in the ride I still had to see how fast I could go. 😆

Anyway, I’m looking forward to A) not killing myself, and B) taking my cardio outdoors. I think I’m really going to enjoy this new activity!

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