It’s a Breezer Uptown EX S/17.
It has a very cute bell, and I have lights on the front and back. What I don’t have, and want to add, are a rear-view mirror and a water-bottle holder.
Yesterday, I rode my bike to the office (on a Saturday) to test out my route. I took a few wrong turns, but overall, it was a fast and fun ride — just about 5 miles. The ride back would be harder — more uphill, hotter, but I’ll give it a try. I can also catch a bus and then ride home a shorter path, with a bit of uphill but not too much.
I also rode another couple of miles to pick up/take home my daughter’s friend from a playdate. It was so fun to do that on the bike! (She had her own bike/helmet, I was her “bike escort.”)
I haven’t figured out what to wear/changing and if I need to shower or not. I plan on showering before I leave for work. Yesterday, I didn’t get very sweaty, and I think if I brought a whole change of clothes, I wouldn’t need to shower once I got to work. The ride home is much sweatier than the ride there. My office has a “scent-free” policy, which I appreciate because I know several people are scent-sensitive, and nearly any strong smell tends to make me sneeze, but it would be nice to spray on some light fragrance — maybe what I’ll do is bring a spray bottle with water and a little bit of light scent (I have some peony spray from Bath & Body Works), and spray it on and then rub it off with a towel.
Anyone who bikes to work have any tips for me? I got a cute new bag that if I can pack it lightly, could sub for a sweat-inducing backpack.
If I have my act together, I’ll try to take a pick of what I’m wearing when I head out the door, and what I change into. There’s no “scratch n’ sniff” to see if I’ve figured out the whole hygiene thing — probably a good thing. But I can ask a good friend to do a “sniff test” on me. One challenge with the “scent-free” policy is that I want to smell clean, but if I “smell good” then chances are, it’s not so go for the scent-sensitive people around me. I’ll have to experiment to find the right balance.
Oh, and hair. I’ll probably just have to wear a ponytail, which is fine. I have a whole lot to say about my hair these days, but that will have to wait for another time.