And to think that a little more than a year ago, i had no idea what i was missing …
Everybody was doing it – some of my friends had just purchased new shiny professional bikes, some had old dusty ones…
So yes, it was time.
At the beginning, it wasn’t as much fun as i thought it would be ;) I got on, but after the first 2 minutes i was already on the sidewalk, whining about how sports and bicycles and everything are not for me. So yes, by getting back on and actually managing to keep my balance while going down a small hill, i think that i overcame a barrier…. just like the 6 year old girl that was learning how to ride her roller-blades in the same open area. Yey for us :)
It all went pretty well from there: actually using the pedals to go up the hill without touching the ground was nothing. And then came the circles, from left to right…. Right to left though – took me a longer time. I eventually nailed it, of course, and, in no time, i was riding a bicycle. I couldn’t believe how much i was missing – cycling is soooo much fun. Going towards the sunset, or the forest, down a steep hill, feeling the wind in your hair … and the bugs in your eyes and all the holes in the asphalt :)
And thus, one of the first things that i did when i got back to Milan was to go to the used market and buy a stolen bicycle. And those have been the best spent 65 euro of my life.
Me and my bike have a special relationship. I take care of it, i inflate her wheels, i keep her clean …. i did break the basket, the light and some of the metal connections – but we got over it and we are ok now. I keep her safe, by not letting her outside unattended at night… or during the day, for that matter. I wouldn’t want her to return to the used market ;)
I do not really use it for transportation, but more for fun, for exploring, for getting away. So yes, i hope that I and my precious will be together for a while. Because in order to keep my balance – and my sanity – i need to keep moving.