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I got a new-to-me bike

I got yet another bike. :-)

It’s not as bad as it sounds. This summer, we cleaned house.1 I got rid of a road bike that I haven’t used in decades. I no longer want to wear spandex and have distracted drivers speed by me too close on two-lane country roads. I also got rid of Sage, a bike I commuted to work twelve months of the year2 and probably rode more than 6,000 miles. The number of components Sage needed to be serviced and/or replaced to get back to proper running order exceeded her value. So I donated her to a local bike center that repairs and sells donated bikes. I hope she finds a nice, new home. She deserves it.

I had only my mountain bike converted to commuter bike with fenders, rack, and non-knobby tires. It’s still a great bike, just not as comfortable as I’d like. I’ll be keeping it.3

Searching Craigslist, I found an Electra Townie in great shape and not too far away. I put one of our new roof bike racks on the CRV then Suzi and I headed out to take a look.

I got a great deal.4 The sellers have a little more space in their garage. And Darth5 has a new home.6 Success!

I’m looking forward to riding Darth this weekend.


  1. Okay, just the garage. But that’s quite an accomplishment. ?
  2. And lunch rides, and weekend rides, and … ?
  3. This last weekend, Suzi, Jamison, and I rode a new section of bike path in the Gorge between Wyeth State Park and Starvation Creek Park. As that’s my new normal for biking, I figured I needed a bike to match. And I still need to post pictures from the ride/day. Posted?
  4. Less than a third of its price new for as-new condition. Seems good to me. YMMV. ?
  5. Still trying the name on for size, but it seems appropriate. I’m open to other suggestions. ;-) ?
  6. And a new bell. Well, it’s new to him. Used to be on Sage. Perfect! Tonight he’ll get Sage’s mirror and I’ll be ordering a rack. Ah… :-) ?
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