Wheels For Women Approaching 50
So, last fall, as I tried to jog after my 3 youngest on their bikes on our way to ChikFilA, it occurred to me that I needed to procure a more middle-age-friendly bicycle. One that doesn't put me way high up in the air, one without a bar that gets in the way should I need to dismount suddenly.
An old lady bike.
|Electra Townie 21D - my new ride|
I saw this recommended over at MamaPundit; see how the pedals are placed forward of the seat, so you don't have to sit as high up? As soon as I had enough money saved up, I marched over to my local bike shop (with Larry and Susie in tow) to check it out.
Do you know how hard it is to get back on a bicycle after a decade away? I was shaking. "C'mon, pedal," Larry hissed in my ear, while the (ridiculously young) bike shop guy stared at me and wondered why the hell I wasn't testing the bicycle already. "I can't," I hissed back. What saved me was Susie standing there, expectantly, saying, "Try it, Mommy!" How could I lose face in front of my youngest? No way. So I lowered that seat as far down as it would go, and wobbled off into the sunset.