Cyclically adjusted

2006-03-24

in Daily updates, The outdoors

Me and my bike in the Wadham back quad

People will be pleased to know that my mother very kindly bought me a bicycle, from Beeline Cycles in Cowley. I tried both the hybrid – which felt quite good – and the mountain bike – which was obviously cheaply assembled and far too small – and we decided on the former.

The bike is a fast feeling hybrid, with thin wheels, mudguards, and a rack on the back. After having coffee with Emily and my mother, I took the bike out for a ten mile ride to test it out. I went up the Banbury Road, through the countryside to Kidlington, through Kidlington itself, and back. The ride was a reminder that I haven’t cycled in a long while, but am luckily not badly out of form. Using the British roadways for the first time, I was glad for all the cycle paths and the relatively clear signage. Next time, I will try going south.

For now, the bike. will need to wait in the Wadham bike shed until I get back from Malta. I suppose it’s nice to have something to look forward to after a vacation.

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B March 24, 2006 at 10:55 pm

One good quality of yours is that you aren’t half-hearted about things. When you go for a test ride, it’s for ten miles. When you go to grad school, it’s to Oxford. Etc. You should apply that spirit socially.

Mike Kushnir March 25, 2006 at 2:37 am

i’d hardly consider myself buddhist or hindu, but i’m not too attached to my physical possessions.

that being said, my bike is the one thing that i could not give up for anything.

enjoy it, milan. ride it hard. also, remember that a little rain never hurt anybody. when it’s cold and soggy, fight that feeling of comfort and ride!

best,

m.

Ben March 25, 2006 at 11:01 am

Hope you got some oil, with the current weather (mine’s already showing some signs of rust!) – and that should last you at least your remaining year and a half, whatever you do with it next.

And 10 miles is quite a test trip, especially for someone who hasn’t recently cycled.

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