It’s like riding a bike-

I bought a bike today!  A used one, 7 speed, with a little basket on front, for 120€.  Three things became immediately apparent:

  1. It’s been a very long time since I’ve ridden a bike.
  2. Riding a bike on cobblestones is not a good idea.
  3. 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….

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4 thoughts on “It’s like riding a bike-

  1. Jennbenn

    This is funny…I’m thinking about getting one but totally relate to the fear factor. Cute bike! I bet you could make some streamer things.

  2. So, Asheville is pretty bike friendly (besides all the freaking hills!) but I was terrified for a while about riding in traffic, etc. You just have to do it. The more you do it, the more comfortable you’ll be and pretty soon you’ll wonder how you ever did without it. Yes, you can still walk into town, but biking is just so much faster and sometimes more convenient if you’re making more than one stop.
    As for making your bike stand out…do they have colored duct tape or something like that where you could do stripes? maybe you could spray paint the baskets a bright color?

  3. Kathleen

    cool bike! stay safe 🙂

  4. Came across your blog today when searching for English-language Finland blogs. My mother is Finnish — born just outside of Helsinki and I live in Florida. Really cool to see Finland through your eyes and have enjoyed reading your posts. I can relate to a lot of your comments and observations. Finland can be an odd little country with people who you can’t quite figure out, but it also one with a lot of character and I’m sure you will love it. Look forward to following your adventures!

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