|Love my Coral Townie by Electra|
|Is that a fish painted on the pavement?|
|Intriguing side street|
|Pot holes and pavement upthrusts|
|Love my Townie!|
Between the clouds and the pain from my seat, I decided I'd better head home, for sure this time. So I did.
So, that was my second bike ride in years. I really enjoyed it, despite the pain. It reminds me so much of being a little girl on my banana seat bike, exploring the neighbourhoods around me for the fist time, either alone or with my friends, Laurie and Maria. I have not felt this sense of freedom and fun for years.
When I got home I discovered I'd only been gone an hour, and had done 2.24 miles (3.6km); far less than the night before, but it couldn't be helped. It started pouring and thundering within minutes of my putting my Townie in the garage, so I made it home just in time.
I was really hurting in a very embarrassing area, from chafing and heat and not being used to a bike seat, and I guess my weight didn't help matters.
I was chatting with my friend later and she said I should get an anti friction cream and padded bike shorts, so I googled the former and cracked up laughing when I saw the results. There actually IS something that is made for female bike riders who have this problem; it's called, seriously, lol, "Hoo-ha Ride Glide". I just about died laughing. When I told my friend she couldn't believe it either. In case you don't believe me, here's a link: solution to embarrasing bike seat problem.
Since Amazon is very helpful, they also suggested related products with even funnier, but cruder names that I won't repeat here. You can check it out yourself if you're curious.
Since I am plus sized, I was worried about finding padded bike clothing to fit me, but I found some padded capris and ordered two pairs. You can check them out here if you, like me, need larger sizes:
Where to buy plus sized bike clothes. I'll let you know how they work when they arrive.
My friend and I met up for a coffee (for her) and a salad (for me) later, and I was so enthusiastic about my new bike that she wants one too, so afterward I took her to the bike shop and showed them to her. The kids who sold mine to me (Joel and Steph) were surprised to see me back again, and when I told them I'd already biked for over 2 hours they were enthusiastic in their praise. They let Nancy test drive a Townie and she really liked it. She's short, like me (I'm 5'4), and she loved that the Townie's let her sit on the seat and still keep her feet on the ground. My cousin Clare also wants a Townie too now, lol. I should get a commission on the sales if they buy.
Anyway, that's it for my bike adventures to date. I won't be riding today because I am going to wait until my padded capris arrive, or I heal; whichever comes first, lol. Mac has been missing his strolls so I'll be pushing him in his stroller today instead. Thankfully it's cooler than it was, and not raining right now.