May 21, 2012

New Bike!

My new bike came--it's a Bianchi Milano Parc... 

Nothing like coming full circle, back to 10 years old with my first "english" bike. That had fenders, three gears, an internal hub, chain guard, and rack. And a comfortable seat.  Ditto this one. That one was a black Raleigh, this is a white Bianchi. The Brooks seat on the old bike was far superior to the seat on this one, but Brooks saddles now cost over 100 bucks... I'm tempted but we'll see about that. I love the curved top tube on this bike, the responsiveness, everything about it.

So no more charity rides no more long treks, because the bike is now about daily lifestyle, errands, etc. And I love it! Plus it's awesome exercise and it's good for my knees to spin easily for long rides, which I now have time to do!! The chronically swollen left knee is already looking and feeling better. Have also lost 9.2 #, hurray!!

Saturday I rode to the next town on the Eastern Trail --6.2 miles, all off-road and very nice. I really enjoyed it. Did about 14 or 15 miles that day.

Started knitting the Wingspan Shawl, using a variegated sock yarn from AslanTrends called Santa Fe. If I like it, I'll make it again from homespun - will try to spin a yarn with long color changes for it.

I'm currently spinning with a group at the Portland Fiber Gallery and loving it. Thery make beautiful batts and braids, wonderful stuff!! Spinners meet every Thursday afternoon and every other Sunday afternoon. They have an Etsy shop as well as a nice space in Portland ME. And classes!

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