If it has wheels, a seat, brakes, and doesn't make clicking noises, it's fine by me!
Ben, on the other hand is a bike guru. He knows all about them, how to take them apart, make them better and then put them back. We bought a bike for him 5 years ago at a second hand store for $20, because that was all we could afford, and he fixed it up and has been riding it to school and to work ever since. It's an old bike, over 20 years old, but in good condition and it has worked well for him.
But he has been bothered by two things for all those 5 years.
1. He wanted me to have a bike so we could have family rides.
2. He really wanted a new bike, a nice one, but knew we couldn't afford it.
As for number one, you try riding a bike at near 300 pounds!! NOT FUN! I just couldn't bring myself to get excited to shove my body on a seat and try to balance there AND peddle around for an extended length of time.
So you can imagine his joy when I lost all the weight and decided bike riding may be pretty fun now. My friend, Sherri, bought a new bike and sold me her old one for $20, which thrilled me to no end and made Ben even happier. To top it off, not only did it have one of those larger cushy seats, but it is pink!
But of course, me getting a new bike, brought up issue number two. Ben really wanted something newer. I just kept telling him to keep his eyes open for students graduating and selling their bikes. And secretly, I know he has been looking for bike deals at the stores we visit. He, certainly deserves a new bike after all the hard work he does for this family... but there are just so many bills to be paid!
Then yesterday, I got this picture text: