I want to ride my bicycle I want to ride it where I like... So my newest kick (aside from the boat and last year's hiking obsession that was completely circumvented by my unexpected transfer the weekend I was supposed to hike to the top of a local mountain, by myself, with my dog...3 days total) is bicycling. I bought new bikes for myself and 2 of the kids whose bikes were either non existent or irrepairable..spent a fortune, my big boy's bike ended up costing about $400 which in the bike world isn't a lot but for ordinary people it really is significant (it's a very cool bike). I got myself a nice Schwinn hybrid. My plan was to get everything up and running by Spring break so I could bicycle with the kids to work and child care or activities with the kids. After spending all this money, 3 schwinns appeared at the end of a neighbor's driveway, they were selling them for $20 each. Beautiful older bikes, with big seats, baskets, nice tires...and my new one KILLS me..the seat is too small and the pedals feel like they're behind me when I ride it... So I picked up those bikes too, not only to see if one was more suitable for me, but so people who visit (my sons, their families, friends) can ride a flipping bike if they feel like it. We are in prime bicycling country here....there are bike lanes and paths throughout town, snow and ice are minimal and it's not hot in the summer, everything is paved and nice, and where it's not paved, it's sand and loam, very nice, no real mud, no native rock to worry about. today I am home and the kids save one are at school (don't ask about the save one, grrr) so I took out the old Schwinn that I really thought I would like and it was HEAVENLY. I'm so excited! Now I've got to go out there adn see if I can lower the seat of the mondo-Schwinn, it's one of a type that was only made one year...it has a mirror, a big basket in front, and one of those things in back for putting stuff on...of course they all have fenders, they're just so cool! tomorrow taking the big boy to Portland to meet up with his mom who is picking him up for Spring break. He would like to go home for good but she won't let him hahahaha kind of funny...anyway, Sunday we'll ride the bicycles to church, and starting Monday we're bicycling a pretty big circuit daily (barring horrific weather or illness). I'm really excited!