So What’s New?

New? Not me, as a matter of fact I’m amazed at how old I am. This summer I will turn 80. Even if it’s just a number, I’ve decided to use it as license for a number of things, above all achieving as much or little as I darn please. I can just be a weak little old lady if I feel like it and I don’t have to be able to do what I could do at the age of 50, 60, 70 or even 77.

One of the limitations of the aging process is that I could no longer get my leg over the frame of my bicycle easily. I could still do it, but each time I got on my bike it was a small challenge, I had to sort of steel myself for getting my leg over the cross bar. And the blow to my ego! I felt like such a fool, standing on the street and struggling to get on my bike. Some of you might remember that I got my lovely Victoria e-bike just three years ago. When I bought it, the guy at the bicycle shop asked if I wanted a “step-through” frame – and I was a bit insulted. I couldn’t imagine that it would ever be a problem.

Now for a few portraits of Victoria

Victoria
Victoria
Victoria

At first I thought it was out of the question to invest in a new bike. On second thought I took a look at my priorities and knew there are other things I would rather do without, but my bicycle should meet my needs. I did some research, found a bicycle dealer who would take my present bike in payment and had some models with step-through frames that I liked. No, I didn’t get a really good price and felt a bit sentimental at parting with my Victoria. The bike I chose is a Husqvarna, a Swedish manufacturer that is known for its motocross motorcycles. They recently bought KTM, a well established German bicycle manufacturer, and now have a nice line of e-bikes.
The new bike
The new bike

I named my bike Husky (Husqvarna) and hope it has the traits of a husky. I quote from the Internet: “Huskies are free-spirited and typically good-natured with people. They are athletic, playful, and light on their feet. They love being outdoors and require significant daily exercise, especially in cold weather.” It’s a handsome bike, as well, and handles nicely. I am still trying to get used to the gearing of the internal hub gears. While hub gears have many advantages, especially for riding on unsealed surfaces and in the winter, the gaps between the speeds are larger and I can’t always find the cadence I am used to. On the other hand, I no longer have a thumb shifter which the arthritic thumb is happy for.
The Husky loves being outdoors.

That was my news, folks. I was a bit hesitant about outing about a new bike. But I am now feeling it was a justified step and wanted to share the news with you.
And yes, we have had some new snow, too.

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

16 response to "So What’s New?"

  1. By: Bill Stone Posted: February 26, 2020

    Congrats on the Husky. Looks like the new bike will serve you well, and you deserve to be happy and comfortable on whatever you choose to ride.

    I spent years in love with my Surly LHT. Then I bought my Surly Ogre, which I anticipated would be only for a relatively few dirt and gravel rides where the LHT wasn’t quite suitable. Ha! Now the LHT gathers dust in a corner of the garage while the Ogre gets to have all the fun on and off pavement.

    I hope you are as happy with your Husky as I am with my Ogre.

    PS: Love the snow. For a moment I thought Greg had a new bike! 😉

    • By: Suzanne Posted: February 27, 2020

      Thanks, Bill! I initially had a hard time giving myself permission to get it. I’ve had it for two weeks now and think it was a great decision.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 26, 2020

    Congratulations!! Very nice new bicycle!
    Im certain it will serve you well.
    Looking forward to reading and seeing photos of adventures on your new machine!

    Just curious (again as I was with Victoria) — that is a torque sensing assist? — the harder you press the pedals to more assist you get? (As opposed to the faster you pedal the more assist)

    Happy cycling on Husky!!

    • By: Suzanne Posted: February 27, 2020

      Thanks, Rich! Yes, the support is a reaction to the pressure of pedaling, not speed. Actually, I have only seen that kind in Germany. This one has a Shimano motor, my Victoria was a Bosch which I believe is the most popular here. The Shimano is silent, the Bosch made a kind of whirring sound which I got used to but didn’t really like. I just wish I had a couple of more gears in the hub, but that would have meant a lot more €€€€€€€!

  3. By: NancyG Posted: February 27, 2020

    HUSKY! YES ;’-). Perfect bike for you, prefect name for it. This looks so fantastic. As you and I are near the same age, I can relate to all those age-related things you, well, relate ;’-/. So nice that technology has advanced with us and gives us good choices to keep doing what we love to do. My Bike Friday is definitely a step through, and I have had it and loved it for years.

    Congrats to you and Husky ;’-).

    • By: Suzanne Posted: February 27, 2020

      Thanks, Nancy! I know, many people get the right bike to start with and don’t have to get new ones all the time! But I am very happy with it and love the design. Look where the battery is positioned on the frame, not at all clunky.

      • By: NancyG Posted: February 27, 2020

        I did notice the battery location and thought that a good place for it. I have not ALWAYS had the right bike!! Have been through a few — including the BULLS eBike that I no longer use and it sits idly in the garage! It was costly and I will not recoup much but need to get it to a new home somewhere. Lately I have been having thoughts of a new bike for myself. But not sure what I would get other than an updated Bike Friday?? Maybe? But mine is working fine for my needs. Nice to dream of new bikes though. I like the idea of a folder – perhaps like the one Janos has — as it fits better even not folded, into the car.
        What is the make of Janos’s bike?

        • By: Suzanne Posted: February 27, 2020

          Janos’ bike has the small wheels but it isn’t a folder. I guess it fits better into the car with the 20″ tires. We always use a bike rack so I don’t really know. It is a fine bike, though. He loves it and would buy it again. It’s an i:SY.

  4. By: Hopkins Escapades Posted: February 27, 2020

    Hopkins heartily approves of Husky both in name and frame. Congratulations on your new purchase. Sorry to see Victoria go, but I’m sure someone will see her, sense her great vibe, purchase her and not be able to resist taking her for many fun rides. Happy pre-80th to you! Summer will be here before you know it and you’ll already have gotten used to Husky’s gearing and made good friends with each other. Hopkins and I look forward to seeing your journeys in photo. Cheers & happy pedaling.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: February 27, 2020

      Thanks, TJ! I hope Victoria is in good hands. She was still in such great condition but there was no point in my having a bike that I would never ride any more.
      I hope the good weather rolls around soon so we can get out for longer rides!

  5. By: Lah Posted: February 28, 2020

    Congrats on the new bike. It’s a beauty and looks like a great bike for an unpaved path through a woods. I gave up on getting my leg over a high bar years ago…two Cannondales in excellent shape were given to charity. Speaking of “old lady,” Violette is probably the old lady in this group when it comes to a bicycle. She was bought in 2006. Wasn’t bought because she was easier to get on, but she sure is as compared to the other two. Hope you get many years of fun out of your new bike.

    • By: Suzanne Posted: February 28, 2020

      Thanks, Laura! Violette certainly has given you a lot of good rides! And hopefully lots more!

  6. By: Scooter Posted: February 28, 2020

    What a beautiful new bike! I especially like that it color coordinates so well with your helmet and rear carrier. I assume you bought them all as a set?

    I’m sympathetic about the bittersweet aspect of aging and adapting to what’s still possible and enjoyable. I’m certainly not riding the same way now that I did five years ago – and for that matter, I’m not that comfortable flinging myself across the top bar any more either – but if anything I’m enjoying myself as much or more than ever. Take good care of that puppy!

    • By: Suzanne Posted: February 28, 2020

      Yup, sure is a good looking bike! And as with you, I think I am enjoying myself more than ever – but that might have something to do with the e-support. But not only …

  7. By: The Navigator Posted: March 1, 2020

    Congrats on a new bike that is just perfect for you! I hope all the steering, gearing and other bits and pieces aren’t too different to get used to and you already feel like the bike is an extension of you. It’s funny, when I think of Husqvarna, I think of chainsaws! That’s what you see most often with that brand name here. It goes so well with your stump theme, ha!

  8. By: Lednar De Nalloh Posted: March 1, 2020

    Almost 80 and still out there on the road, many people half your age just stay indoors watching TV all day. You’re an inspiration.
    Nice new bike too

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