Cycling.

So Levi and I are preparing to start biking to get groceries and other things, instead of firing up the car every time we need to leave the house. When we move closer to Levi’s work he will even be biking to work which is great.

In preparation for this I asked my mom if I could borrow her bike, a Schwinn Varsity circa 1976. The bike was in pretty rough shape, the tires having not been replaced in what had to have been 30 years. With this in mind, I went to our local REI to get the tools and supplies necessary to get it running again. I even picked up a light set for night riding. My dad and I worked on taking apart the axels and getting everything lubed up and the bike is running great.

One problem I ran into was that not many companies still manufacture a 27 inch tire, so it was difficult to find any in the area. This is why I went to REI, because I knew they had them. After it was all put together, I decided what better way to test it than to drive it home. That was a mistake. I made it a total of 2 miles before I had to stop and hand the bike off to Levi. (He was following me in the car.) The seat that was on the bike had caused me a good deal of pain, and I had forgotten to bring my gloves with me so I couldn’t feel my hands when I got off the bike. All of this, in combination with the fact that I am not really in bike riding shape made it a very difficult walk up the stairs when I did make it home! All of this happened on Thursday night.

This afternoon, Levi and I took my bike and an old mountain bike we have down to Ruston Way in Tacoma. It was a lot more comfortable this time around partially because I think my leg muscles were more ready for the trip, but mostly because of the new seat I bought yesterday. It has a memory foam pad, much better than the 35 year old seat that was on it before. Today, we both biked a total of 5 miles, and had a lot of fun doing it. I think I am going to start biking every weekend to prepare myself for biking more often – I want to start slow.

Stephen Battey

Stephen is a 25 year old amateur photographer, blogger, and husband from Tacoma, Washington. He shares a cute ass house with his husband, cat, and two dogs. He generally hates all weather patterns.

Tacoma, WA