Saturday, June 30, 2012
Long story short.
Money was very tight.
Union negotiated for retroactive pay for last three years.
Money much less tight.
Using about 5% of the windfall, I treat myself to a new bike.
I shopped around at a few places and decided to go with a Carmel 5. It's not fancy, but it's very well suited to biking on city streets. It has 24 gears, so I might be able to climb some hills I have not been able to climb before. I got rear mounted baskets instead of front mounted, which should make braking easier when fully loaded, though I have to get used to them being there when I get on or off the bike.
The seat and handles are very comfortable, but I ride much more upright than I did on my old bike. I kind of feel like Miss Gulch. I suppose I should get a Cairn terrier, but I'm pretty sure he'd just escape if I put him in the back baskets.
In any case, any ooh's or ahh's would be appreciated, and if anyone has any experience with the brand, I'd glad to know the ins and outs.