Over the weekend I bought a bike in Manhattan. I believe I mentioned that on Friday we had run across a guy on a touring bike who had ridden from Toronto to Manhattan in two weeks and was selling his bike before catching a bus back to Toronto. I test-rode it in Central Park on Sunday, and was very happy with the way it felt. It’s a green and brown steel-framed Opus Largo, with Mavic wheels, Vittoria tires, and Shimano components, made in Canada. I just have to switch my pedals and saddle and add my aerobars on, and it will be ready to roll on Monday morning.
Of course, I wasn’t thinking when I rode out to see the bike on my own bike, and ended up with two bikes. I was all alone and ended up wandering around the city for a few hours trying to figure out how to get both bikes back safely. I ended up leaving one of them at my cousin Jeanne’s apartment while I biked the new one over to where we’re staying in Queens, and then took a subway back to get the other bike. The doorman at her apartment jokingly told me that he sold my bike while I was gone! So…now that I have two bikes…anyone want to buy a Fuji?
I absolutely LOVE bicycling in the city. I find it thrilling, and it just feels great to ride along with the traffic (and beat most of it) in New York City. It’s probably a dangerous thing to fall in love with, so it’s a good thing we’re heading out of here in the morning.