Wednesday, August 22, 2012

The best

On Monday, I went for the BEST bike ride.  My great average speed did not make it the best.  The weather didn't make it the best.  The route did not make it the best.  The peace of mind isn't what did it either.  Can you guess what did?  No?  Well, I suppose I'll have to show you:

Meet my mom's Bianchi TDI.  I think it's a mid-1980's model?  It's totally vintage, either way.  Those silver levers on the down-tube?  Those would be the shifters.  It has purple Look-pedals... I'm convinced that my family is the only family in the world still using the big, clunky clip-less pedals, but we all love them, and use the same pedals so that we can trade bikes around.  I also love how light this bike is, and how smooth the braking mechanisms are.  Don't be fooled by its old as heck handlebar tape, and the totally 80's paint job... this baby is a high end bike.

Why in the world was I riding one of my mom's bikes, and not my own?  That's a great question.  At the present moment, my bike needs new tires.  I have gotten at least one puncture flat on every ride I've been on in the last few months.  Given how horrible I am at changing tubes, this equates into 45 minutes standing on the side of the road trying to change a tube, not look pathetic, and not get hit by cars.  Not to mention that at $5 a pop, tubes aren't cheap... and should last longer than 1-2 bike rides.  So instead of spending the $80-100 it would take to get new tires, I decided to drive the 35 minutes to my parents' house to use this cutie.  Besides that, my bike is pretty basic.  Getting to use my mom's bike is like the difference between driving a beater, and driving a nice car; sometimes you need that extra indulgence.

And then I came home from the best ride ever, and made a fantastic recovery drink:

2 cups of watermelon, 1/2 cup water, and one scoop of strawberry shakeology (protein powder), all mixed up in the blender.  Incredibly refreshing, and surprisingly awesome after a solid workout!

What was the best workout you've had lately?  Do you nerd out on gear like I do?  I am such a gear junkie!  Have a great day, guys and gals!


  1. that drink looks so good! my best bike ride ever was this past Sunday. 2 miles in the morning and 4 miles that night. (which is probably nothing to most people, but a huge accomplishment for me! lol)

  2. Wow.

    A post about a bike.

    Girl, I haven't been on a bike since I was like 4. I would probably fall over and die and be dead.

    But way to go.

  3. Delish looking drink! So glad you had a wonderful bike ride! =) I can't wait to get my bike up here with us - we had to leave it behind in SC. We ran out of room in the horse trailer on the first trip, and I miss it!

  4. I, for one, actually enjoy the totally '80s paint job!


    And that drink.

  6. ummm...hello delicious! And I'm just impressed that you can ride a bike. I fall a little short in that area

  7. That drink looks and sounds amazing!


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