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
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.
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.
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.