These succulents are from our same neighbor’s garden that I’ve photographed before. They’re still beautiful in the springtime – even more so as they’ve matured, and the trees have filled out. I like the sun-dappled look.
We collected my new bike yesterday and it is excellent, (almost) just what I hoped to have. We woke up this morning to clear weather, so were able to take our normal week-morning ride, and at first I was extremely happy – zipping along practically weightlessly, able to brake abruptly for stop lights, able to keep up with John. Toward the end of the ride, I was wondering if I might not have preferred a heavier bike since it felt like although the new one was much easier to get going, it seemed very difficult to keep the momentum up.
Once we got home though, John told me we’d been riding much faster than we usually did, so maybe that’s the difference – I hope. (It was quite a breezy morning, also, so that probably didn’t help – especially riding into the wind on the way home.)
The only two concerns that I have are:
1) I’m not sure what to do about this whole shifting thing. What gear combinations am I allowed or not allowed to use? How often should I be shifting? This is going to take some getting used to. Maybe I should just have gotten a single speed….
2) I know this is just exactly what I deserve, but … my bike in person doesn’t look at all like it does online (“Emerald Green”) or in the store catalogue. That nice, rich, deep green? Not so much. It’s … bright. If I were labeling it for the catalogue, I’d say “Bright Grass Green” instead.
(Plus … the green of the tires clashes with the green of the bike. Oops.)
It’s not quite neon, but it’s close enough that we were quite startled when we first saw it. Yesterday evening it began to grow on me and I’ve begun to feel better about the situation, and when we were out riding this morning I didn’t think about what it looked like at all. I can’t say it’s not a disappointment, but it’s not a deal-breaker. It can’t be, since special orders aren’t returnable – but further than that I do think I’ll like it fine in the long run. It’s just another thing that’s going to take some getting used to. (And I’m going to have to be really careful what I wear when riding if I don’t want to look like some crazy neon crayon box exploded all over me and my bike.)
We had fun riding, and that’s what really counts, right?
Don’t worry: John retrieved his helmet before we started out, and Maxwell was happier than he looks.
It’s just awfully early in the morning to put on a cheerful face.