This weekend I had the ideal Adventure 52 trip. Okay, maybe some mountain views were missing to warrant an “ideal” rating, but it was special nonetheless. From the adventure standpoint it wasn’t the most exciting but it reminded me on many levels of why I’m doing this.
I was tired on Saturday after a late birthday party the night before. I slept in and decided to make some pancakes. The sun was shining outside and I figured I’d go out later but was caught up in season three of Chef’s Table on Netflix.
That’s dangerous and precisely the reason I’m wanting to get out every weekend. I’m one who can get himself to do a lot based on principle alone and know that a couple hours outside will do me a world of good. Not simply because fresh air, sunshine and perhaps some exercise are healthy, but because trips are much more memorable and stimulating than sitting at home.
Who knows when or if I would have gotten out the door had not a friend come by at two. He asked what I was doing inside during such great weather and said I should join him on a quick bike tour. He only had an hour.
I was out a couple minutes later and we did a short tour. He reminded me again that I had wanted to get a racing bicycle. A couple months ago I had borrowed his for an impromptu tour and really enjoyed it. Not only was it good fun, but it would certainly cut a decent time off my commute.
It was now or never. After he left I figured I’d go into Lörrach and see what I could find. I had put it off for far too long, only occasionally looking into eBay offers. That was the problem though, I knew nothing about bikes. How would I be able to judge a bike I found? And I didn’t want to pay the €1000+ Euros for a decent new one.
Not even two hours later I sent my friend this:
A salesperson at the store I went to had, after confirming their bikes start at €1000+, remembered he had a used one in the basement. It was actually one he had personally bought off a customer and would fit me perfectly. He brought it up and offered it to me at over 100€ less than I had said my budget was. What’s more, he would fix it up and do full maintenance on it before selling it to me. I could pick it up Thursday or Friday.
I couldn’t believe my luck and left the store with that feeling of “did that just happen.” As with most of my big purchases, I think a lot about it beforehand. I had first thought of getting a new bike over a year ago. So this was far from your classical impulse buy.
Inspired, I rode out the following day for a picknick and walk in the sun. Here’s a picture from that day.
I’m ready for summer now and boy am I looking forward to it!