copracat: Part of an illustration of a lady on a bike (Treadly)
[personal profile] copracat posting in [community profile] bicycles
Bicycle was my main transport when I was university and then in my early working days. It was affordable! I stopped when the commute to a new job was through some very non-bike-friendly city traffic. Times have changed in 15 years and my city is now trying to make the city much more bike friendly so I'm having another go.

I bought myself an Electra Townie a week ago because it was suggested to me as a great bike for people with knee problems and I'm recovering from a knee injury. I tried one out and fell in love immediately.

I've been having a little ride around the flat streets of my suburb after work this week. Today was the first time I took her out for a run. I did a long, mostly flat, very low gradient loop taking in the bike paths near my house and I'm just exhilarated. I cycled with families and with people going places. I could smell the sausages on the bbq as I rode past a school fete (Note: always take your wallet when you go for a ride). I could feel the autumn sun and the fresh breeze and hear people and birds and dogs as I came through the park.

I can't believe I forgot how wonderful bicycling is. And my knee doesn't hurt!

Date: 2010-03-21 02:34 am (UTC)
darkemeralds: Naked woman on a bike, caption "I don't care, I'm still free" (Bike Freedom)
From: [personal profile] darkemeralds
I'm envious of your Electra Townie! That is one great-looking bike.

Your description sounded so much like my bike day today that for a moment I thought maybe we lived in the same place. Then you said "autumn" and I realized that we are a world apart. And yet here we are.

Nice to meet you.

Date: 2010-03-21 03:05 am (UTC)
aedifica: Drawing of a bicycle with the logo "Put the fun between your legs." (Bike fun)
From: [personal profile] aedifica
Ooh, fun! I tried out a Townie for my sister last year. It was very different from what I'm used to, but fun.

Date: 2010-03-21 06:54 am (UTC)
iamnaiad: (Default)
From: [personal profile] iamnaiad
I avoided cycling for more than a decade because of a bad knee. Imagine my surprise when shin splints drove me to try it again and this time there was no knee pain! I'm not sure what changed along the way, but I'm glad it did.

I should do one of those introductory posts...

Date: 2010-03-21 07:12 am (UTC)
ironed_orchid: pin up girl reading kant (Default)
From: [personal profile] ironed_orchid
Pretty bike. And as someone who recently bought a bike after more than 10 years on foot, I know these feelings well.

Date: 2010-03-21 08:21 am (UTC)
juliet: (audax)
From: [personal profile] juliet
Making sure you've got the fit right (saddle not too low, primarily) is a massive help with knee problems, as well. And taking it easy :)

(I have dodgy knees but happily cycling if I do it right actually helps them.)

Yay bikes!

Date: 2010-03-21 09:16 pm (UTC)
sara: S (Default)
From: [personal profile] sara
Yay, no knee pain!

I like doing long distances and used to backpack regularly, but I have a gitchy ankle that won't put up with it...which is certainly part of why I've gotten so enthusiastic about cycling.

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