The other day, one of my student staff had a crash on his Trek bike. He was tooling across campus on an errand for me, and was summarily run down by another student. His front wheel looked like an accordion. So I loaded his bike up on my bike rack and took it and him to the local Trek store, so they could put on a new wheel and tire, and check to be sure his frame wasn't bent.
While I waited for him to get finished so I could take him home, I wandered around the bike shop looking at all the awesome Trek bikes. I adore my bike, and am very happy with the brand. The last month or so, it has occurred to me that I may be needing an upgrade by spring. You see, I am running out of gears. I max out at about 16 mph in 7th gear on my current Trek, the Women's Navigator 1.0. I rarely go below 5th gear anymore, and never below 4th. There are times when I'm cruising along that I really wish I had another two, three, or four gears to move into.
There were plenty of pretty Trek bikes in the shop. I touched tires and handlebars and looked at the myriad of colors. The only thing that is stopping me right now is the price tag of a new Trek.
So after my ride yesterday, I took my Trek to the local Bike n' Hike, where my Trek was purchased. They put air in the tires for me, and I talked to them about a tune-up. I've had the bike for almost a year, and it's about time for it to have one. Since I ride in wet and dry conditions, sometimes on pavement and sometimes not, a yearly tune-up is a necessity. It is starting to make a little noise, where before it had been a virtually silent ride. I scheduled a tune-up for the end of the month.
Then I asked the guy, the same one that sold me the Trek in the first place, about an upgrade. I told him I was running out of gears. He laughed. The next step up has 27 gears, but it was ugly. I can't have an ugly bike! But that's what I need, more gears. He said I could get more speed with smaller wheels and tires, but I don't want a skinny bike. And I don't necessarily need additional speed, I just need better push to get to the speed I want. And that will only come with more gears.
So perhaps I will save for an upgrade in the spring. We'll see what the new models look like. Because no matter what, I won't be on an ugly bike!
I wrote a blog post about my weight/size loss over on my other blog. You might want to check it out!