Name that Bicycle

Here is my very first bicycle – a Trek 7.6 WSD. I am very happy with it, and it has even survived two practice sessions as I start the adventure of learning how to ride at mumble-mumble years old. I am looking for a good name for my steed, so if you have any suggestions please let me know!

I am also starting a separate blog to journal about my cycling adventures and will post a ink here when I am ready. I’ve decided I want to keep that separate from this – seems easier that way 🙂


I took the plunge!

I can’t believe that I have done this, but I ordered a new bicycle today through a local bike shop. You can see it here, it is the Trek 7.6 FX WSD (women specific design).  I am excited about this, even if I won’t be able to do much riding before March. I got a great price on it and I have a great instructor to help me get up to speed.

My anti-diabetes campaign has given me little time for needlework these days. I am working with a personal trainer and attending 3 spin-cycling classes a week and am making great progress. After years of a very sedentary lifestyle, I’ve a lot of work to get into proper shape for some serious road cycling this coming summer – and to hopefully push back the diabetes specter. Even if this doesn’t work, in the end, I will know that I have done everything in my power to prevent it. Sure the cycling is part of it, but it is also for joy and a way to explore the world without being separated from it by metal and high speed.

I may start another blog for cycling as this progresses, or just do that here. Time will tell 🙂

Life rewound

Life is interesting at all times, though perhaps more exciting from time to time. Currently am fighting asthma due to the change of seasons, and, perhaps, a tiny dose of the flu. Or cold. Or allergies. Whatever, I don’t feel good. Indeed, I stayed home from the Liturgy for the Entrance of the Theotokos today – which isn’t like me. There are other health issues as well, but I won’t go into them here 🙂

Far more interesting than my little health challenges is my bicycle research 🙂 I have given up on the Pure Lowstep as it doesn’t have many gears. Rather I need something with sufficient gears for the hills and the Trek Pure won’t help with that.

The Trek 7300 WSD just might do that however, and here it is! Thankfully my spin class instructor has agreed to go shopping with me in March to help me get the best bicycle for me. It isn’t that I do not trust the store staff, the LBS is fantastic – but I would prefer input from someone who isn’t working for the store.


puredeluxelowstep_peacockIsn’t this a beautiful bike? It is the Trek Pure Lowstep, and you will note that the pedal has a forward design so that all your foot has to do to touch the ground is just to step down without leaving the seat. This is a “flatfoot” Townie bike and can be used on different terrains. Ahhhhh, it feels good and I will be purchasing this in early March. It is a little late in the year for a new bike, but I haven’t forgotten the bike lesson from a few months ago. Before I wound up in the walking cast (unrelated incident).

Remember that I did not learn how to ride as a child, so I am a ** year old novice. Is there something BEFORE a novice? If there is, then I am that. So what to do throughout the winter to gain endurance and to lose weight? I am a member of a wonderful fitness club with great personal trainers, and they have these “easy” little classes called Spin-Cycling. This is, basically, a very intensive class in indoor cycling, and as long as I am patient and don’t push myself further than I should, it will take care of my endurance problem.

At least it gets me exercising 🙂