+ on two wheels

I’ve always wanted to be a hardcore bike commuter, and at long last, I think I’m on my way. Up to now, I’ve ridden to work just a handful of times, citing excuses for not riding such as: the bike needs a tune up; I can’t carry my laptop; I need to be dressed nicely for a meeting; it’s wet, and I don’t have the right gear; did I mention my tires are flat and I need a tune up?

Trying out my new Kona jake cyclocross bike

Trying out my new Kona jake cyclocross bike

My birthday a couple of weeks ago brought the end to my list of excuses. Alyssa and my parents got together and made in investment in my health and happiness by getting me a new ride: the cyclo-cross Kona jake. It was a complete surprise, and I would never have known where to start looking, let alone what I wanted. With the help of some friends, Alyssa found me the perfect match. She also conspired with Grandma Ellen to get me a rolltop water proof backpack, and put together with my shell and some new waterproof pants and a new set of lights, I’m all set. Well, after I get my fenders and a rack. Hopefully I can swing by and grab those before long, but they won’t keep me from riding in the mean time.

Trying out my new Kona jake cyclocross bike My first commute on the new wheels was last Tuesday, and it was perfect. I’d never had a road bike before, nor had I used Tiagra shifters. I’m sold though. It has 18 speeds, and shifts through them nice and smooth with a pretty wide range. It handles like a champ and is really comfortable for my lanky frame. I’m pretty excited to get in the habit, as I’ve realized that the best way to stay healthy and happy is to have exercise be an inescapable part of the daily routine. Biking 6.2 miles to the office is a perfect way to start and end the workday. Thanks mom, dad and Alyssa!

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