This past Saturday was a gloriously clear, brisk, calm morning with low to mid thirties temperature. For January, it was one of those gifts that any person who enjoys cycling must take advantage of. Skipping a ride is not an option. I didn’t. After all, I was meeting my friend Jeremy to get the fat bike he sold to me. That was another reason to feel the glory of the day!
I met Jeremy at his townhome around 9 AM, after stopping at Starbuck’s for a coffee and to kick back with a book. We took a few minutes monkeying around getting the fat tires to fit the trays on my bike rack. It was a trick to get the hold down bar on the rack over the taller 4.5″ front tire of the 9:Zero:7 fat bike. We added straps on both wheels to stabilize the bike, so it wouldn’t roll off the rack when taking a turn. Both bikes on the car rack, satisfied they were secure, we set off for the short trip to one of Jeremy’s favorite feel good rides, a prairie trail that meanders through the woods here and there. It would be a nice test for the fat tired bike, as well as a good place for a easy conversational type of ride, the type of ride we seem to prefer when riding together. My friend is gracious to me — he could tear my legs off if he wanted to, but rides to my pace.
I absolutely love the bike. Riding a fat tired bike is a definite change from the dual suspension mountain bike that is my usual ride. I won’t even compare it to the titanium road bike that is my road ride (harsh, but light and fast.. oops, I compared) or my steel hybrid or other rides. Yes. I have a few bikes. When going up, I was astonished at how easily the bike negotiated the climb, the wider tread digging in. Let’s just say my cheeks on my face hurt from smiling, not my other cheeks. My other cheeks were very dirty.
Which got a comment from a random, very embarrassed woman at the restaurant we went to for lunch. You have a very dirty butt she said to me in a very suggestive tone (seriously, she did). Thanks, I get that all of the time was my reply, as the woman blushed from her comment. It was true, my backside was so filthy that I had to wipe down the chair after I left, as well as my car seat after I got home.
Getting me to let loose of some money is a major miracle. Today, there is not a bit of buyer’s remorse. This purchase was worth it, the experience of riding unique, just as the bike is. Buying it will mean adjusting my budget for the next few months, but the smile on my face is worth tightening my wallet for a while.