Day 27 of Daily Footprint Project. The day to pick up my bike from the store. I finally found a used one a few days ago. Despite the owner’s protests that ‘No, we don’t have any used bikes other than the ones in the front’, I pointed to the lot far in the back. ‘Oh, those you mean. Go ahead, take a look if you want.‘ ‘Those‘ turned out to be what I had been looking for. I fell for a blue English bike with old fashion fenders. It had some soul, and I found myself wondering about its previous life. There was no seat, so the shop guy had to borrow one from one of the other abandoned bikes. I am not sure about the one he picked. It’s a bit big, but the man assured me, ‘Better bigger than smaller for that part of your body. Trust me, you’ll like it.‘ It is my great pleasure to introduce you to ‘Pervenche‘:
‘Pervenche’, like periwinkle. As a child I used to be very fond of pervenches, and I remember making bouquets out of them during our family outings to the park of the castle nearby. From now on, I am taking ‘Pervenche‘ with me, wherever I go, assuming it is not too far. I even got baskets to hold groceries, and lights for the dark winter evenings.
Now, there are a few tips I would like to share with you, as a result of my days spent looking for the perfect used bike:
- Think of what you will be using the bike for: flat, hills, town, country, mountain, short distances, long distances, etc.
- Keep in mind, you need the right size bike for your height.
- Ask around, maybe one of your neighbors or friends has a bike that they would be willing to donate.
- Before leaving the comfort of your home, make calls to your local bike stores and ask for their recommendation, explaining what you are looking for; use that information to guide the rest of your search.
- Next visit the store, and as proven by ‘Pervenche’, challenge them when they pretend to not have any used bike for you.
- Look on Craigslist, make sure to not overpay, compare with the price of similar new bikes; also see if the bike comes fully equipped, or not.
- If you have time, look into garage sales.
- Take into account all the extras; I paid $150 for ‘Pervenche‘ but ended up paying twice as much with back and front lights, rack, baskets, helmet, and lock.
- This is an important purchase, it will become your good friend if you are happy with it; don’t settle until you are perfectly satisfied.
- Take your bike for a test ride before having all the extras installed; make sure it is the right size and fit; try out several bikes.
Daily Footprint Project Daily Log Day #27 Water personal: flush toilet 2 wash face 2 brush teeth 2 wash hands 5 shower at pool 2 mom: communal: rinse dishes Electricity/gas personal: electric toothbrush 4’ microwave tea 2’ microwave milk 2’ laptop on all day microwave oatmeal 4’ microwave soup 2’ mom: communal: lights Food personal: tea organic milk organic oranges 2 organic chocolate oatmeal leftover takeout soup whole wheat bread lunch out with friend mom: communal: Waste personal: toilet paper orange peels mom: communal: 3 newspaper plastic wrappers Recycling personal: mom: communal: 2 papers junk mail Transportation personal: drive to pool 6 miles drive to friend’s house 4 miles mom: communal: Non food shopping personal: new old bike bike rack baskets helmet lock mom: communal: