New bicycle...

Good morning everyone,

Did you enjoy the nice weather yesterday? I hope so, because it's raining now and will probably keep raining most of the day. Tomorrow and Saturday are both looking like they're going to be overcast, but it's not supposed to rain again the rest of the week...

I got a call from Kanagaki the end of last week about my broken bike. They said that the company would reimburse me for the cost of a new bike up to the amount of the old bike-fair enough I guess. It was a bit disappointing to not get an apology from either the manufacturer or Kanagaki-I could have been seriously injured when the old bike snapped in half!

Anyway, yesterday was the first time I had a chance to go by and pick out a new bike. Having been riding a bike to work for a few years now, there are a few things that I've learned that are important for me-I need a 6-speed or a 7-speed; 20-inch wheels; a mini-bike, but NOT a folding bike (it needs to fit in the tiny elevator in the building in Hachobori); and that's about it. If possible, a built-in light and lock are way more convenient than having to worry about carrying around an extra lock and having to replace the batteries in my light every month or so...oh, and most importantly-it can't be too expensive!

I ended up getting this bike...

It certainly wouldn't have been my first choice, but it meets all of my criteria, so it was the one I ended up buying. There were only 2 or 3 small bikes that didn't have folding frames, so there wasn't much to choose from...I considered getting a Louis Garneau-just because I know it's solid, but they didn't have any in stock and all of the 2015 models were sold out, so they couldn't even order one even if they wanted to.

The bike looks ok, right? So why am I not so happy? Basically there are two things that worry me a bit about the bike. One is a little thing-the handle bars are quite small, so my hands feel really close together and steering felt a bit scary. It's not a big deal, even by the time I got home last night, it was feeling more comfortable. The bigger worry is the style. It's a bit sportier-like a mountain bike, which means that I'm leaning forward more than on my old bike. One of the reasons I wasn't badly hurt when the last one broke was because my body was centred over the middle of the bike. If I have an accident on this bike, the first thing that I'll do is go flying over the handlebars! I wonder if I'll get used to it...if you look around, most people are riding that kind of bike now...

Anyway, I've got a new bike and it goes along nice and smooth, and will definitely...probably...hopefully not break in a year or so, like the last one...ha ha!

Have a great day!

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