This week I put Bea, my mountain bike, away for the winter. I gave her a super good clean up and she has been placed into winter storage for the next few months. I know I could probably get a few more rides in this season but I would rather do a bang up job of cleaning my bike up for the winter and than ride her a few more times and leave her dirty and unloved in my basement for 6 months.
Anyhow, I am now in full possession of El Guapo (my snow bike). Last year, my friend Niki and I shared the purchase cost of the bike so that we could both enjoy a bit of ride time at a reduced cost. This year, we bought a second bike, again sharing the cost, and last year's ride has become mine full-time.
This afternoon I took the "new to me" bike out for a tour of the trails in Hillcrest. I haven't been out much, on foot or on bike, the last couple of weeks, and today was an awesome reminder of just how happy being on a bicycle makes me feel. The snow bike felt weird on the trails - and damn, so heavy - but just being outside made me (and Mingus) happy.
I ♥ bikes. Really.