Back to the Bike Blog – But Riding a Cruiser Bike??

It’s been a little busy at the house of Ding Ding Let’s Ride lately,  and I’ve fallen behind in my posts.  I haven’t fallen behind in my bike-riding, because I ride every day. Just haven’t had the time to write about it.  And now the bike situation is getting grim  – I’ve been delaying maintenance on my trusty Trek because I just wanted to hold out until my new bike arrived.  As I write this my new bike is still somewhere between Amsterdam and Chicago.  One day I will see it. In the meantime of course, I’ve worn my brake pads down to nothing – literally nothing. It was hard to stop on the way home the other night – had to sort of plan my stops wisely.  We were going out-of-town immediately, so as of today, my bike is not yet repaired. Which means that today, I  decided to try and ride Mr. Ding’s cruiser bike to work.   Mr. Ding is shorter than I am, but the bike seemed sorta large, and we moved the seat up.  He has a Trek Calypso that looks like this except a bit grayer in color.

Trek Calypso

Trek Calypso

It’s a nice bike .  It has an aluminum frame which makes it lighter than my steel frame Trek 820 – a GREAT bike by the way.  I bought it new almost 20 years ago and it has taken a beating and keeps on going.  The Calypso is  a 7-speed bike with flat pedals and v-brakes.  They say it’s a good cruiser bike for hills. All I can say is that my body was not ready for a cruiser bike – and it was really really small – too small for me. My legs were cramped and tight even from my short commute to and from  work.  I can’t imagine climbing a hill with it.  What was really interesting, and something that I noticed when I did test rides on the Dutch bikes, is how much my arms noticed not having all my body-weight on them.  That’s one of the many reasons I decided to order a city-style bike;  I’ve got some gnarly carpal tunnel in both hands, and leaning forward on a mountain bike all these years has just put more pressure on my wrists, so I’m hoping to alleviate some of that.  Riding a too-small cruiser bike though was not that much fun. I was wearing a skirt and sandals – which I can wear on my men’s mountain bike – and felt like it was a real effort just to get home. I may have to ride it again tomorrow, but  Mr. Ding has nothing to fear from me stealing his Calypso.  It rode smoothly, but I felt like I was pedaling to nowhere fast.

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