Last year for my birthday Tom gave me the promise of a new bike. At the time I thought I’d get one from Mamachari in Wellington but their service was sketchy at best so I decided to go out on my own.
I spent ages searching different options online and thinking about what was best for me. I knew from biking Tom’s Dad’s old bike around that I didn’t have the leg power for a bike without gears. I also don’t have the patience to stuff around with repairs but wanted a bike that had a vintage shape and that was probably black.
In the end (and after hours of online stalking) I headed down to Avanti in Wellington and got this beaut. The service was friendly and useful, I got to test ride it round and they fitted me out with a helmet, basket and lock too. My new bike is a dark cherry red, has three gears and has something I didn’t expect – suspension, which makes biking along gravel roads and crossing fords a lot easier. The seat is also super comfy, which is more incentive to ride for longer.
I’ve been biking round Featherston and have taken it out on a couple of country bike rides, which are really working me hard. My circuit is 8.5km long, which is the right length for now and includes the special country features of a ford, gravel, silage smells and stand-still head-on winds. My goal is to be able to go for a ride and then complete the ride up the hill to our house without dying.