|My first bike complete with passenger|
|My first brand new bike|
Sadly, once school was finished, it took me almost 5 years to buy a new bike and even then it probably collected more dust than kilometres! It was a cheap K-Mart Huffy - fluoro orange in colour with flat bar handles.
Flash forward 15 years. Approaching forty, I was looking for a way to get fit and lose weight. I dragged the bike out, found a friend who was looking to improve their fitness, and we began to ride. It took a bit of oiling, greasing and replacement parts (of the bike that is, not us), but pretty soon we were doing some regular rides. Even at the peak of winter we were rugging up and hitting the road most weekday mornings to get our fix. Weekends were even better as we had more time and daylight to explore our surroundings.
|We even got our pics in the paper!|
Not long after this one, we competed in our first triathlon at Caloundra. While my friend continued to compete, I decided that I loved the riding, but hated the swimming and the running, so I stuck with just the bike.
I also decided it was about time for my next upgrade - a charcoal grey Apollo Alfa; a flat bar road bike that belonged to my friend's husband, but was quickly discarded when he upgraded to a better road bike.
|Brissie to the Bay|
|At the start in Goondiwindi|
|Brrr - the bike got cold in Yelarbon - check out the icy rims|