This is the newest addition to Casa Fabulous, an Elektra Townie 3 Holiday. There is also a new pink helmet because the old one was dead, and a totally nifty bag from Chrome which you can’t see because it is sort of on my back, but trust me, it’s excellent and way more comfy than wearing a backpack if you have a heavy load. Which I do, back and forth to school. I put the bike on layaway before Christmas and finally paid it off this week after chipping away at it bit by bit. Delayed gratification can be pretty darn gratifying, let me tell ya! Then I rode it 5.8 miles up the big mofo hill from downtown to my place up in the foothills. Which is probably the most consecutive exercise that I’ve had in a while, lemme tell ya. 😀
I could not be happier. I got the bike because it is featherlight, much more so than my old beach cruiser, yet still has that comfy cruiser styling that I prefer. The front rack is great for hauling stuff (I plan to get a wine crate to bungee into the rack) and I’ve got panniers for the back rack that fit a conventional grocery bag on each side. Some happy cargo space there, which is totally why I wanted it. I’d like to start minimizing the carbon footprint a bit and saving some money this summer. Seems like a good time.
Not to mention, it will keep my heart healthy and probably help manage to live with a pastry student without gaining so much weight that I have to buy new pants. I don’t mind a few extra pounds, but I just bought a bike, I can’t afford new pants!
I’m also totally gratified by the interest in the Basket O Shame Along! We have a bunch of members on Ravelry and several via the blog, its very cool! We’re going to have fun and get a lot of our backlog of knitting done while we’re at it.