I am so happy about the opportunity I had to give an old bike away to a friend who needed it. My friend’s son is interested in bike riding and actually rides to school (college) from home. My friend told me the current bike was not functioning and how much her son enjoyed biking. They needed a functioning bike and I happened to have my husband’s bike that has been sitting in our garage for far too long. It’s really old (1993) and it’s a Schwinn when Schwinn was good. Before I was married my soon to be husband had me believe that he would adventure on bikes, canoes, camping, etc. That lasted maybe a handful of times.
I had to get new tubes and a chain for the bike (about $50) to get in into working condition. The gear shift doesn’t work anymore, despite the attempt to flush the lines. I was told they may start working, although admonished not to get my hopes up. Still the bike is stuck on a comfortable riding gear. With Houston being so flat, you don’t really need to shift gears anyway. It will cost $40 to get new shifts and $20 to install on each. For this bike as old as it is, the $50 spent to get it functioning was well worth it. A new bike now-a-days is at least $400 at the bike store. Of course they have the latest and the greatest options. This bike is steel and heavier than the carbon frames.
My friend arrived with her son. Which warmed my heart. Now a days it seems that kids just aren’t as appreciative. Not this kid. My kids would never ride a bike to and from work or school. I would ride to work back in the day, not to save gas, just for the exercise. My friend’s son was so appreciative and told me about his riding paths. Again, warming my heart that he has found exercise he enjoys. It is so special to me that I can contribute something that fosters the desire to keep going on this path. There is just not a better feeling. I hate throwing things away. Finding a purpose provides meaning.
Cycling has so many good purposes, traveling from here to there, good for your knees, exploring beautiful scenery, physical challenge, etc. There are so many places to travel in the USA and ride. Back in the day, I almost planned a trip alone to Martha’s Vineyard to cycle the island. I may someday go back to that plan. Just listening to the bike shop chatter, there are trails in the blue ridge mountains and in many other places that you can ride for miles. I can’t wait for retirement. I can definitely see me on these trails.