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Two wheels, no gas.

I ended up having to part with my bike at the end of last year, and it really made me sad. I spent most of the winter longing for a new ride. I think it shows how much I really miss motorcycling, and before you go on about how “dangerous” it is, I obviously know that, which is why I am lusting after a bike … sans motor.

Anyway, though, a series of failed yard sale attempts, botched craigslist connects, and various other “find cheap bike” methods; I have finally come upon a very nice new ride. New to me anyway. Precisley 24 years new. It’s a 1984 Centurion, and perhaps the best looking bike that I have ever laid eyes on. Classic Japanese lugged steel, by no means light, but oh so smooth. It of course came with some slightly beat up (keep in mind the 24 year old thing) parts, but thanks to my good friend who works for an un-named bicycle company (tip of the old hat to him, for setting me up) I was able to address the safety bits, and now have a really ridable, lovely, NEW bike!

So, last week, with my new trusty steed under my but, I ventured out with the commuting bikers of Seattle. Leaving the house at about 7:15 on a very chilly Thursday morning for my first commute to our Wallingford office. 11 miles one way. It was awesome! The ride home left my back side a little sore, but I can’t wait to be doing it every day. I save $2.48 per day in gas, and nearly 14lbs of CO2 won’t be emitted by my car. (You can look up your savings here.)

Love all. D. 😉

5 Comments
  • Jake

    Friday the 11th of April, 2008 at 10:31 am Reply

    Dartanyon–

    That is a pimp ride! You’ve done well, my friend. Check out Trek Bicycle Corporation’s newest endeavor…to get people riding! It’s called One World Two Wheels (very similar to your blog posting!). http://www.1world2wheels.org/

    In any case, I’m proud of you for braving that commute–from what I can tell, if you get a new bottom bracket on that beauty, I think you’ll be golden.

    Cheers–

  • Hong Nguyen

    Friday the 11th of April, 2008 at 9:24 pm Reply

    She’s almost as lovely as your lady….and she doesn’t talk back 🙂

  • Jake

    Monday the 14th of April, 2008 at 3:15 pm Reply

    Good point, Hong…well, come to think of it, that noisy bottom bracket used to talk back…D, is it fixed yet?

  • Jake

    Monday the 14th of April, 2008 at 3:15 pm Reply

    Good point, Hong…well, come to think of it, that noisy bottom bracket used to talk back…D, is it fixed yet? Just got your email…looks all good! Can’t wait to see it–

  • Dartanyon

    Tuesday the 15th of April, 2008 at 12:09 am Reply

    Bottom Bracket is all tweaked up, but I have to say, although it’s a gorgeous machine … no where near as lovely as my lady. 😉

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