We bought my husband a bike yesterday at REI. We used past dividend money. We used the 20% off coupon and that made it affordable. Last fall, we bought a buddy bike for my younger son and I and yesterday and today we rode it and on my goodness... I forgot HOW MUCH I LOVE TO RIDE!!! The breeze in your face, getting places quickly, and I don't know, there's just something about a bike ride. I love it.
However, we just plunked down nearly $500 for his and can't exactly do that for a single bike for me. Yet, I'm not willing to ride the tandem bike solo around town. With my son is great as it allows us to do things as a family, but solo?
Now, my older son has a bike from the time he was 10 or 11. He's outgrown it. So, it's probably my size. HOWEVER, he has trashed it somewhat. It needs new handle grips, a tune up and looks all beat up. Plus, it's a boys' bike. Not that it matters that much. But, I don't know... I must be spoiled because I want to choose my own bike - just for me to tool around the city. We have trails everywhere and we live so close to everything.
I just didn't realize how much I missed riding! When is REI's next sale? I think they have more than one a year... and I can look elsewhere too for deals. I'm fascinated by Electra bikes.