I want a new bike, but I’m not looking for speed. I’m looking for comfort and utility. I want an upright seating position. A soft, cushy seat. A chain guard to keep my pant leg clean. A rack to hold my stuff. And fenders to prevent the “gutterstripe” up my back. I definitely want fenders.
In other words, I want something like this:
Yeah, I hear you “serious” bicyclists.1 That bike isn’t efficient. It’s not aerodynamic. It’s not light. It’s not fast. I’d be sore after riding it 50 miles, maybe even 20.
You’re probably right — and I don’t care. I don’t want to ride 50 miles. I only want to ride 3.3 miles to work, 2.0 miles to the grocery store and Starbucks,2 or 2.1 miles to the Hillsboro Farmers’ Market or the hobby shop.3
Light weight and lots of gears don’t matter to me. Hillsboro’s pretty flat; I don’t need to climb hills.
I don’t need fast. Even if it takes me three times as long as you, I’m not going to get there much later. And my neck won’t be sore from hunching over drop bars. I’ll have biked upright, able to look around and enjoy the scenery.
I’ll arrive with a smile on my face.
- Why is it that those who consider bicycling to be a sport are the “serious” cyclists? ↩
- That reminds me: I want a cup holder, too. ↩
Yeah, I also want to ride back home…
Besides, if I want to go long distance on roads or tackle mountain paths, I have other bikes. ↩
- Sound Credit: “Bike Bell Sound Effect” by crankdatbuttcrack on YouTube. Used by permission. ↩