Finally bought a bike! Now I just need to ride it...
Hey ladies! I got a bike yesterday (a Felt Cafe 8. I love it!!), but I'm having a hard time working up the courage to ride it. I just moved to one of the country's most bike-friendly cities, and in my experience so far one of the most friendly cities period, but I'm so afraid of being made fun of. Do any of you have advice on how to convince myself to just get out there?
I'm so envious of your bike! And who will care if they see you in a bike! If anything, they'll be thinking, "Good for her for riding her bike instead of driving". Plus, you just plunked down some cash. Want it sitting there collecting dust?
>GASP< SHE'S BEAUTIFUL!!! I say just jump in and start biking. I'm a bit bigger than you (5'4" and 260), and I've never had anyone say a thing to me (not that it doesn't happen). One thing to consider is, I've heard from female biking friends that they will often get catcalls from men while biking solo or in a group of women, but as soon as even ONE man joins the group, comments from the peanut gallery completely stop. So maybe if you're really nervous you can find a male friend or family member who is willing to get some exercise with you.
Have fun! I know you will! (So jealous ...)
Most people admire people who commute by bike. I get a lot of compliments about my biking to work. I think a lot of people would if they could. Go for it. Yes, there are occasional dumba$$e$ that will make comments. That's with anything. I just wave to them in my special way, and go on. Mostly, people are kind and considerate and motivational. Nice bike, too!
Hey ladies! If any of you check see this thread, I've been riding! I even did a 10-mile "naked" bike ride (I wasn't naked, but most people were) this weekend. I've been riding around town, and no one has said anything
That's great! Thanks for the follow up. I assume you're in Portland (I am, too). It's a good place to ride a bike, isn't it? I finally got out and did a long ride on Wednesday, and it was so satisfying.
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