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May. 18th, 2009 | 12:52 pm
posted by: jarethrake in we_ride_bikes

I'm new.

I learned to ride a bike when I was around twelve (that's without stabilizers), and gave it up again at fourteen.  Recently, at twenty, I've started cycling again.  It's easier than I remember.  I'm lucky in that most places I need to go are within three miles of here, so it's not difficult to make most of my journies by bike.  Unfortunately, work is seven miles away, uphill both ways.  I'm not even kidding.

See, I live on top of a hill.  I can get to the city centre by going downhill, on a gentle slope, but to get further, I need to go down a much steeper once (incidentally, the bike shop is at the bottom).  Then, to get to work, I'd need to climb out of the valley again.

Recently, I cut my waist-length hair down to something like a pageboy cut.  I feel so light and free.  I'm also a runner, and I took up cycling partly so I could trade in my bus pass, and partly so I can look at moving on to triathlons.

I ride a Townsend called Trekkie Monster.  I got him from my mother, whom I don't speak to.  I'm not sure how old he is, but I seem to recall him being around in my childhood.  He has been quite well kept.

I mostly cycle on the roads, because the cyclepaths around here are a joke.

See?  And you can't even see the broken glass in that picture.

(Incidentally, that's the start of the steep hill I mentioned). Oh, and one more thing. At the minute, Trekkie Monster's in the bike shop, having the squeak taken out of his brakes, and his wheels trued. I don't know if there's anything actually wrong with the brakes, but since I'm quite new to this whole thing, I felt safer paying a professional to look at them. £25. Good deal?

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