Confession: my bike has been parked in the exact same spot since August 2010. It’s been locked to a rack outside the place I lived last year (not telling where, in case one of my many, wonderful readers knows how to break a ULock).
I’ve been extremely lazy and have left it there, in the EXACT same spot, for nearly 12 months now. Not that I don’t like biking–it’s very useful and handy sometimes, even enjoyable I bet. It’s just that it mostly scares me, because I’m not very good at it.
I feel like you need to be a very confident and aggressive biker to survive here in Minneapolis–named the best city for bikers in the US this year, it’s definitely not the for the faint of heart.
Also, I refuse to NOT wear a helmet when I ride because that’s just dumb. I spent a lot of tuition dollars investing in my noggin and I want to protect it when I’m wobbling down the street on my violet Huffy. However, I’m also
extremely slighty vain and think I look so dorky in my helmet that I can’t bring myself to wear it in public. What does one wear with a helmet anyway? Romper? Jeans and a graphic tee? I can’t pull off the one-leg-rolled-up look like some. Not that all people look dumb on bikes, this is just my personal cross to bear.
So I won’t ridemy bike sans helmet+but I wont flaunt my helmet in public=I can only ride my bike indoors? This, coupled with the fact that MetroTransit in MSP is SO darn handy (slightly sarcastic), means I’ve neglected and avoided my bike for almost a year. I mean, I check on it from time to time to make sure it’s still there–it was, as of about 2 weeks ago. It’ll need new brakes, tires, hell reflectors too probably. Like I said, I’m avoiding it until I really need it (most likely never). Or find someone willing to buy it (takers? It’s cute, kinda).
BUT, that may change now that I discovered this little gem:
Yes, your eyes do not deceive! It is a bicycle mounted wine rack! GENIUS! The clever wino behind this etsy shop may have given me the motivation to go unlock and *gasp* RIDE my bike for the first time in a year! Now I just need to dig out my helmet and find a suitable outfit… Romper that matches my helmet? Forever 21 anyone?