...still working on that flash of light deal...BUT...
After a year and a half on my 1980’s Fuji I’ve decided to upgrade. Deciding on the right bike is my next step. My colleagues at BikeArlington are steering me in the right direction and I have started to look at a few women’s road bikes from Trek and Fuji. There are so many options out there! I know I want to stick with a road bike model but not much more. What pedals do I choose? What gear system do I choose? And what the heck is a Rear Derailleur – I don’t even want to go into my first thoughts of what this was, possibly something with the seat?!? – I kid, I kid. I had some great suggestions after my last post for some electric bikes which are really cool and thank you for the suggestions but I think I will go with the old leg-powered approach – which p.s. ladies; helps with the old dirty C-word – CELLULITE! (yikes, I actually said it!) I will update the blog as soon as I purchase my new bike, because I know everyone is dying to find out...
Morals of the story:
- Do some research, check out the local bike shops, get fitted for the right size bike, and take a few test drives before making a decision. And in true girl fashion, I have to like the colors and match my helmet so there are some decisions to make in that area as well!
- I’m hoping one of the bike shops picks up on this blog and sponsors my next purchase – I am willing to wear whatever promotional item you give me on my daily commute for a discount on a bike! – shameless plugs, I’ve never been scared of them. In all seriousness though our region has amazing bike shops with incredibly helpful staff; visit Revolution, Conte’s, Performance Bikes, or any one of the others to begin your decision process!
- Outfit the bike with safety! - lights, reflectors, horns, bells, possibly add some pegs to the back wheel and have you friend be your personal sound machine, whatever it takes to safely navigate the region’s trails and streets.
- Rear Derailleur (wikipedia definition) - variable-ratio transmission system commonly used on bicycles, consisting of a chain, multiple sprockets of different sizes, and a mechanism to move the chain from one sprocket to another. Although referred to as gears in the bike world, these bicycle gears are technically sprockets since they drive or are driven by a chain, and are not driven by one another. Absolutely nothing to do with the seat!
Another attempt to be funny, educate people and get more people out there biking! Who’s in for the inaugural ride of whichever bike I choose?
Cheryl O'Connor works for Arlington Transportation Partners, she is the Program Manager for the Residential, Visitor, and Site Plan Development Services. If you have any questions about the above information, please contact her at (703) 247-9295 or shoot her an email at [email protected].