Wednesday, 3 August 2011

Revenge of the Couch Potato

So I finally decided to do it.  There's only so many times I can sit on the couch and watch the kids go out on their bikes with their dad.  Plus, August means two boy birthdays - and both required bikes, so I've become Halfords best customer.   Three days after I bought their bikes I went back - to buy one for myself.

Now, that may not sound like much.  But the last time I was on a bike it was called a Hercules and I was 13.  And I've never ridden a bike with gears before.  I mean, GEARS??  Why on earth does a bike need gears? You get on.  You peddle.  That's it.  What's the big deal.

Heaven help Halfords best salesman.  The colour drained from his face really quickly when he realised the magnitude of the job ahead of him.  He made me cycle around the car park three times, desparately trying to explain gears to me, before letting me cycle home.

And by the time I got home I had to lie down.  I kid you not.  My legs were shaking.

So, now this is me.
Out today on the bikes with the kids.

And shortly after this picture was taken?  I got a puncture.  I kid you not.  I cycled my whole childhood without one puncture. 

So my bike is currently in Halfords getting fixed - after I purchased the years care plan of course!


  1. Fab photo, Scarlet. And it looks like so much fun I have to admit to being a little envious (don't tell anyone, but I can't ride a bike).

    The salesman sounds like a sweetie. It's lovely to hear of someone taking so much care of a customer.


  2. Love piccie of you on the bike. Hopefully no more tire (or is that tyre) punctures!

  3. LOL I love the gears thing. May you never have another puncture.

  4. Thanks Suzanne! Collected the bike again this afternoon and risked life and limb getting home - please tell me this will get easier!

  5. Hi Nancy, the tyre is now fixed, here's hoping I won't hear that hissing sound again anytime soon!

  6. Lacey, still haven't got the hang of the gears! Have just left it at the same setting the whole time!

  7. My husband got me a bike for my birthday a year or so back - I've ridden it once! No puncture though. :-)

  8. Come on Jackie - If I can do it, you can do it! Looking forward to seeing your photo of you on your bike!