100 lb. Club - I bought a bike!




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paris81
09-25-2009, 09:28 AM
I've been thinking about getting a bike for a few months now, but I wanted to wait until the summer was almost over so that the prices would go down. Last night, I went to a police auction and got one for $25! It was so exciting and scary. The auctionner was talking really fast, and I couldn't understand anything. I was afraid that I would wind up accidently bidding too much money, and so I almost didn't bid on anything.

But then I got over it, and I did it! It felt great--I was so anxious, I could feel it in my body, must have burned a ton of calories just from the adrenaline of making the purchase.

Now I just need to get a lock and a helmet, and get it tuned up, and I'll be ready to go! Hopefully the weather will stay nice for a bit longer.


Judy Lynn
09-25-2009, 09:31 AM
Cool! Great price too.

jefferzzzz
09-25-2009, 09:32 AM
That's awesome! I wish we had those kinda auctions here... And enjoy your bike!


paris81
09-25-2009, 11:54 AM
Thanks! I'm a little scared, actually. I haven't ridden an real, non-stationary bike in over 6 years---but from what I hear, it's just like riding a bike (lol--I couldn't resist).

Bonnie+J
09-25-2009, 12:11 PM
woohoo!!! go girl! you'll do great on it. well done for taking the step!

Alana in Canada
09-25-2009, 03:38 PM
Good for you! :cp:

wendyland
09-25-2009, 04:27 PM
It's been very liberating getting a bike. I just got one this summer. I push myself so much harder on the bike without feeling like I'm pushing. I think it's because the wind makes me feel cooler than when I'm walking.

Idealmuse
09-26-2009, 12:27 AM
Congrats paris81

I always got a kick out of the peoples faces when this 250+lb woman came zooming past them on my bike. Riding is great exercise!

jamsk8r
09-26-2009, 12:46 AM
Congratulations! I got a new bike last year, but just started really riding it this year. I am loving it, so far!

cfmama
09-26-2009, 04:19 AM
That's an AWESOME price and GREAT exercise! Good going!

sdrenken
09-27-2009, 01:49 AM
I want to get one of the laying down bikes that the bikeathoners ( not sure if thats even a word!) but they're a bit expensive, maybe I'll kick diet coke and use the money to save up for a new bike! congrats on yours!

Lizzyg
09-27-2009, 10:32 AM
Thats great!! :) I love my bike!

findingfawn
09-27-2009, 10:40 AM
How cool! I chicken out at auctions... I have even given up going because I just waste my time there getting all worked up and scared.

Have fun riding!

paris81
09-27-2009, 11:21 AM
Thanks for all the encouragment! I'm glad so many of you are happy with your bikes, it makes it less frightening for me. I do think that it will make me take my car less places, which is good for me, for the environment, for my wallet, etc, etc.

The tune ups seems really expensive--like $50! Twice as much as the bike! But I guess it's worth it, to make it safe to ride. It seems like the thing to do in my town, everyone has a bike, there are bike shops everywhere, so I'll fit right in. The other day, I felt comforted because I saw a girl who was around my size riding a bike...apparently it's okay!

Lizzyg
09-27-2009, 03:13 PM
Of course its ok for you to be riding a bike!! :) I love riding my bike, and most of the time, I dont even feel like I'm exercising, because I just like to do it.

I do think its good that you are getting it tuned up.

Hope you enjoy it!

sdrenken
09-27-2009, 04:00 PM
You know you look at it this way you got it at auction for 25 plus the 50 for the tune up, you couldn't get a new one in great working condition for only 75$ I say, even with the tune up you made a great buy!

Couch
09-28-2009, 03:44 AM
So totally jealous! I'm currently attempting to fix mine, because I'm too cheap to buy a new one or pay someone else to do it, but I'm having trouble shifting some of the bolts.

Enjoy!

Idealmuse
09-28-2009, 04:02 AM
That's not too bad there is a place around here that charges $75 for the tune up.