It’s not the best bike in the world but it only cost $30. I got it from a girl at a party. She was moving and wanted to get rid of the bike because she’d bought a better one. We hit it off and she offered to sell it to me for $20 and I was going to buy it for Annette. Well, I hadn’t mentioned that it was for Annette… or anything about Annette, which might have been why it was only $20. The only issue was that there were a few things wrong with it and I doubted Annette was interested in installing a gear shifter before being able to use it. So I really wanted the bike for myself but never called the girl, fearing the low price. Months later I ran into her at a veggie dog eating contest and she was upset that I’d never called. However, she still had the bike and, to compensate for any hurt feelings, I gave her $30. It cost $17 for a very lazy bike store to install a new gear shifter… Plus another $30 for some slick tires for the road.
I changed the tires today and rode the bike to ColdTowne where I did the Sunday free Allstars show. Halfway there it got really hard to pedal and I was wondering at how out of shape i was. I hardly made it! Well, I dismounted near the theater and as I pushed the bike indoors, I noticed that the back wheel wasn’t even turning. I’d put the wheel on loose and it had become off center while I’d been riding. So it turns out that I’m more in shape than I’d previously thought!
So now I have a bike and I’m very very happy.