You see, I had spotted a woman's bike on sale for only $250 there, when I went in to buy Brian a headlight for his Boy Scout bicycle trip. I figured that was a good deal for a brand-new bicycle - heck, it had cost me almost that much to repair and fix up Larry's 24-year-old bike for David last month (the derailleur had snapped in two while he was riding it).
Turned out, the bicycle I had seen was too big for Rachel; but the salesman was only too happy to show us some others. And when he started pulling out some cute little Fujis, I knew I was in trouble.
You see, my first grown-up bike (you know, one with more than 3 gears) was a black touring Fuji. State of the art in 1983, it was about twice as heavy as a cheap bicycle now, had only 10 gears, and sported gear shifters that none of my 21st-century kids would recognize as such. I loved it with all my heart. A friend of mine insisted that I should name it, personalize it, as it were. "Black Ninja!" he proclaimed. "That's a good name."
"I don't know," I said. "I want something more friendly-sounding. Something like...Bobby. Yes, Bobby."
"Black Bobby?" he asked. "What sort of name is that?"
I don't know, myself, but the moniker stuck - Black Bobby.
So here I was at our bike store, watching Rachel try very small adult-sized frames (a Fuji specialty) and thinking, no, I am NOT going to spend $100 more than I had planned, when I realized - I could STEAL her bike. Remember? I've got a 68-mile bike-a-thon coming up, and my clunky yet safe Electra Townie - my non-scary old-lady bike - is just not going to cut it. But this bike Rachel was trying? That would be just the right size for me. And it was a Fuji.
"We'll take it," I said, surprising Rachel and the salesman AND myself with my impulsiveness. "We need it."
|I didn't look like this, but I FELT like this.|
People, I FLEW. I was one with the wind, I tell you. Pedaling that heavy Electra Townie of mine got me into fairly good shape, apparently. And it sure helped me to appreciate all over again the wonder that is a Fuji.
[NOT a sponsored post - I just love Fuji, is all]
[Bicycle image: Clip Art Best]
[Riding bicycle image: All Free Download]