Wednesday, April 10, 2013

I Bought a Bike!

We can call it Spring now, because I finally got me some wheels!

This is my new Schwinn Hydra 700C Hybrid Bike. I shall name her Berta and she shall be mine, and she shall be my Berta. I don't have any pictures of me ON said bike, however, because I left it at Canadian Tire to be picked up on a day when it isn't raining cats and dogs. I only bought it on a rainy day because the sale on it was ending. Plus I figured less people would be buying bikes on a rainy day and therefore I would get good service.

I actually did get help straight away from a nice sales associate who showed me some options and even took me around with suggestions for helmets, bells, locks, and lights. I knew I wanted the bike I got, however, because it had such great reviews online so I am happy with my purchase! I can't wait to have it all settled and in my hands.

I am a little nervous about biking through downtown to bring the bike from Canadian Tire to my condo, especially during rush hour. I am not afraid of the Toronto streets, I am afraid of the cars that don't take care around bikes. I have lived in Toronto long enough to have seen cars and bikes not sharing the roads well and I know both sides can be at fault, but as a bicyclist I have no control over the drivers around me. If you are thinking of biking in Toronto and are nervous, the city offers biking courses! Right now I am feeling confident enough to give it a go on my own.

As well, here the rules of the road for bikes in Ontario. Great advice on changing lanes and making turns!

FYI- the last time I was on a bike was Oct 2011. I rode a giant bike in The Netherlands (Alkmaar to some other city whose name I forgot for those that are interested) for 20km and it rained most of the way. I think I can manage biking in the city. 

When we arrived at our destination it stopped raining




9 comments:

  1. Hooray for buying a bike! And just in time for the snow. :P

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    1. I wonder if I can get snow tires for it?

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  2. Sweet wheels!!

    I'm so nervous for bicyclists here in Honolulu. I think the rule of thumb is to follow the rules for cars?

    It helps to have confidence. I appreciate a bike rider who knows where they're going, can give me a signal, and commits. Wishy-washiness just confuses everybody.

    But you sound like you know what you're doing. Whoo hoo for new wheels!

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    1. ya the rules are pretty similar, just a lot of onus on bikers not to put themselves in dangerous situations where a car may not see them.

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  3. Oooooh, I haven't been bike riding in years! I used to do it all. the. time. when I was younger! Have a blast with Berta! ;)

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  4. Have a grear time! I so want a bike to my quaint downtown.

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  5. Beautiful bike! If only it would stop the constant raining so we could have some Spring weather!! Glad to have found another Ontario blogger!

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  6. Lucky girl! I want a new bike really badly! My one requirement is that it's pink and has a basket. (I guess that's two requirements...) :-)

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    1. Mine is neither of those things! but I guess I could paint...

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