March 26, 2009 1:15 pm

Meet my new bike!


It was brought to my attention on Sunday morning that I might need a bike. I do, after all, live in Portland – land of bike-friendliness; Daniel recently acquired a bike; and nearly all of my close friends have and use bikes as a primary mode of transportation.

We had visited Little Red Bike with several of these friends and I realized that the only reason we used our Zipcar account that morning was because I was the only person in our whole group of friends who did not have a bike to ride. Sad! Even Daniel could have ridden there but I would have been left at home all alone.

I halfheartedly checked Craigslist for something that seemed appropriate, but as you well know, I am very, very short. My chances of finding a women’s bike (not a little girl’s bike) that was my size for a decent price were extremely small, and I really didn’t expect to get this lucky this quickly.

The headline said something about it being a “bike for shorties” so I figured, what the heck, I’ll call. After I made the call and agreed to met Mr. Bike Seller after work to check out his wares, I realized with horror that I:

  • Know absolutely nothing about the prices of bikes, bike sizing, or really anything about bikes at all other than that they have wheels and make you go;
  • Had just agreed to meet a male stranger on the East side of Portland in an unfamiliar neighborhood to me;
  • Would be by myself. The whole time. And I might end up with a bike afterward that I wouldn’t really know how to get home since I didn’t know where I was and I would probably have to take it on a bus and HAVE YOU SEEN WHAT YOU HAVE TO DO TO PUT A BIKE ON THE FRONT OF A BUS?

I called Daniel in a panic.

“Hi I know you are at work but I just called about a bike and could you PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE ask any of your bike-type friends if they would be willing to come with me to check this thing out? I know nothing about bikes! WHAT AM I DOING?”

Daniel managed to recruit Tim, who is a lovely person with a (un?)healthy interest in bikes and I am so very, very grateful he came with me and told me what to look for. He even helped me put my bike on the front of the bus! WIN!

Meggan’s new Centurion, by Tim:

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  • callie says:

    way to go.
    i also feel the same panics regarding getting around on a bike, which is why i hardly ever used mine…
    i finally started getting over that fear like 2 weeks before i moved away, though! go me.

  • Kaylee says:

    I wish anyone I knew actually rode a bike places. As it is, the only time I really go anywhere with my bike is to the library, and my little brother is the only one who occasionally accompanies me. Unfortunately, living in the suburbs makes it difficult to bike places.

    Congrats on the bike! Your panicked call to Tim made me laugh. :P

  • Abby says:

    Congrats! Now be careful. I swore off my bike years ago after being hit by a car. Really don’t want to be a downer, but wear a helmet and be careful. :)

  • Abby says:

    Of course, now I have a motorcycle, which is probably statistically more dangerous.

  • Meggan says:

    Oh trust me, I will be careful. I am PETRIFIED of riding on streets with cars. Portland is a super bike-friendly city but YE GODS I am scared of traffic. Got a helmet, lights, and a bike lock so I am set.

    My maiden voyage out on the town was thwarted today by epic rainstorms. Typical Portland. :|

    And yes, I’d wager motorcycles are more dangerous, haha.

  • Kerri Anne says:

    I love! that last picture. Hurrah! for bikes.

  • paul says:

    She’s huffin, and puffin’ and goin’ real… AWESOME!

  • Erin says:

    The picture is awesome. And congrats on your new purchase. Bike riding is one of those exercises that you don’t even feel like you are exercising. I always get distracted by scenary and away I go. Enjoy it!

  • Christine says:

    yaya! your new bike looks fantastic! very friendly and reliable. :angel:

    I’ve been thinking about getting a bike too! i don’t have my license and I’m all about the eco freindly-ness of it. But I will admit I’m terrified of riding on the roads :crazy:

  • Caitlin says:

    whooot oooh (I don’t know how to catcall in text, but lookin’ good!) The first time I put my bike on the bus I had to make a few fast friends, because it’s hard! We should ride bikes together sometime! You’ll get used to your bike really quickly and then you will love the rain and be confused when riding in cars, promise!