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I've been anxious to take my new bike on the bike paths of some of our local beaches. It's a beach cruiser and it's not designed for the hilly roads of the canyon I live in. Saturday afternoon Briefcase loaded up his mountain bike (with it's 22 gears), and my new cruiser (with it's 3 gears), on the back of my car and we drove to Huntington Beach.
It was a beautiful day. The weather was a very comfortable 70F/21C.
I realized very quickly I can't get my bike on (or off) a bike rack with just my left arm. So much for all my ambitious plans! Because of my bum arm, I'll have to rely on others to help me with the bike rack. I was disappointed but I'm certain, in the future, total strangers won't mind me begging asking them for help. (We had to take the basket off to make the bike fit on the bike rack, but it easily went back on once the bike was off the rack.)
There was almost no one on the beach. I realize it's November, but the weather was nice and I found the empty beach shocking.
Those are fire-pits for bonfires you see situated along the beach. And … a lot of empty sand. Huntington Beach has big, wide, beaches.
We rode for close to an hour and a half. I really enjoyed it. Briefcase wore his iPod ear-buds so he wouldn't have to listen to me talk could enjoy some music. I just took in the sights and realized how sore my ass was getting from the bike seat. (Very, very sore – clearly I don't have buns of steel!)
After we rode for a few miles we approached, and passed, the Huntington Beach pier. There were more people on the beach near the pier than we saw anywhere else during our ride.
I even found excuses to use the bell on my bike along the way. It's amazing how happy little things like that make me. All I need now is a big floppy old-lady hat with a scarf to make my eccentric-self happy.
The downtown/tourist area of Huntington Beach has been spruced up in recent years. It almost looks like a California postcard.
Overall, the first outing with my beach cruiser was a success. Once I toughen up my soft ass, I should be able to ride for hours and hours. (I ride mainly with just my left arm on the handlebars, but I can reach the right handlebar if I need to.)
Did I mention my bike has a coaster brake – meaning I brake with the foot pedal? Riding this bike makes me feel like I'm five years old again. It's so much fun!
The disadvantage of a cruiser is the weight of the bike and the lack of/or shortage of gears. Cruisers are big sturdy bikes which makes them heavy. People with "real" bikes were zipping past me all afternoon long.
I didn't care. I couldn't have been happier!
I would show you the pictures Briefcase took of me actually riding my new bike, but … um, there was a bit of a problem with those photos. I'm not exactly a well-groomed Money Town woman. Instead, I had unbrushed hair blowing in my face, my sports bra flattened my boobs into unattractive blobs, and … I was sporting some very visible bionic nipples.
Maybe next time?
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