I bought a bike today! A used one, 7 speed, with a little basket on front, for 120€. Three things became immediately apparent:
- It’s been a very long time since I’ve ridden a bike.
- Riding a bike on cobblestones is not a good idea.
- I might die.
Okay, kidding on the third one…kind of. Seriously, it’s been a while since I’ve ridden a bike, and it’s been, like, forever since I’ve ridden a bike anywhere near traffic. I originally wasn’t sure I wanted a bike, because I knew I wouldn’t want to ride it in town. Too many people, cars, other bikes, intersections, etc to deal with, plus, town is not that far away, certainly it’s quite walkable. And I stand by that now, after riding the bike back from town. I’ll save the bike riding for longer, less populated paths. Places with fewer intersections and more apparent bike paths.
I’m especially looking forward to taking the water ferry over to some of the islands off the coast. The boat docks are only a couple of kilometers away, and then it’s a quick ferry ride to Kylmapihlaja, where there’s a lighthouse, and Kuuskajaskari, which was previously a military outpost.
I’m looking for a way to kind of “customize” my bike so I can identify it quickly in a group – Anyone have any ideas? I’m wondering where I can get some of those streamer things for the handlebars….