For the last two to three weeks, I have been stuck on the notion that I MUST own a bicycle. I haven’t had a bike since I was probably 13 or 14, and I figure riding a bike is about 500 times more enjoyable than running. I’ve been shopping around with the thought that I wanted a “roadish” bike that I could ride back and forth to work (4.1 miles) comfortably, but that could also hit a light path without dumping me. I definitely didn’t want a full on road bike with the underhook type handle bars. Doing a fair amount of research put me onto a class of bike called a “commuter” or “urban” depending on which brand you’re looking at.
I started looking at Trek, really because that’s the only bicycle brand that I’ve ever known to be top notch. So, I spent alot of time shopping Trek bikes online and reading reviews about their different models. In the end, I was certain that I would be purchasing a Trek SU 2.0 just from reading online about it.
Then i started to call around bike shops and ask some preliminary questions – what size frame do I need? Is a Trek SU 2.0 going to do what I want it to? What accessories are must haves? etc. From there, the next step was going into a bike shop and checking out the goods first hand. And I was completely amazed that after one trip to a bike shop, some discussion with the biker guru employees, and a couple test rides – I had put a bike on layaway. Not a SU 2.0. Not even a Trek. Rather, a brand and model I hadn’t even previously heard of: The Gary Fisher Wingra.
I picked up the bike last friday, and in the first 4 days of ownership I rode it 20 miles. I rode it 8 miles home from the bike shop right after picking it up. I road it to work a couple days this week (thank god our office has a shower.) and I rode around our neighborhood a few times just getting a feel for it.
The bike wasn’t too bad really pricewise – but I bought a speedo/odometer, a helmet, a lock, some bar end grips, a water bottle holder, a rack/pack carrier, and a little carry bag that attaches under the seat. After all was said and done, we had to spend a little more than I liked – but I figured out that each day I ride my bike to work will save me about 2 bucks in gas – and I only live 4.1 miles from home. Not to mention, riding my bike to work is a pretty good way for me to get some much needed exercise.
All in all – W00t Gary Fisher’s wingra. Check out some pics.