Author, Cheri Felix
I don’t know why people ask for my opinion. I don’t know much. Everything I am about to say is my opinion and you should probably consult your physician or therapist or clergy member before taking anything I say to heart.
Every January I buy new underwear and every year I buy underwear that’s too big. I can’t tell if it’s because I have body issues (doubtful) or if it’s just that I don’t know my true size (likely). But this year I am reminded that a lot of people need to go buy some new things. Or try new things. Everyone has their proverbial underwear they should be out buying. For some it’s new bike shoes for others it’s a sports bra and for others it’s a whole new bike. It’s a new year. A new beginning. Let’s break these things down.
Shoes: Like it or not shoes wear out. Even if they are relatively clean. The support starts to wear down and if you ride a lot you’ll see that some shoes are awesome for summer and others are better for colder weather. I heart my shoes but whoa. Not the right shoes for 40 degrees and wind at Curt Gowdy last November.
Tops: Since I mountain bike, I’m o.k. wearing any shirt I want (with a proper sports bra). But of course I like the cute jerseys and western style shirts from Club Ride. I once found an awesome jersey at Rags to Riches for 12 bucks. Awesome. That’s like three lattes.
Sports bras: O.K. I’ll be honest. I keep my sports bras for way too long. But since it’s a new year I “recycled” them (threw them out). Recently I found one I liked (sub $34.00) and soon thereafter went back for one just like it. My mom used to say one to wear, one to rest and one to wash. Well, two out of three isn’t bad. Make your breasts happy. Make those around you grateful. Buy a good bra that holds you without cutting off your breath. And while we’re at it, try for one that makes them look like breasts and not like a breast.
Bikes: I’m seeing and hearing and responding to lots of questions about bikes. Full or hard. 26 or 29. And don’t forget about the 27 ½. And carbon versus aluminum. Trek, Scott, Giant, Yeti, Felt, Santa Cruz…the list goes on and on and on. Here’s my take. You can turn choosing a new bike into a part time job. What’s that you say? It’s a big purchase and it deserves a lot of time and thought? I hear you but here’s my take. I am a good rider but I am an average rider. I’m a passionate rider. But I can walk into the Trek store and leave with a 26 or a 29er and be happy. I know. Gasp. But honestly, I believe it. Or I can go to another store and buy a whole other brand and guess what? Be just as happy. And maybe that’s just me. But if you are in the market for a bike, pick a budget (be realistic) and do some comparison shopping on line. Compare components. Compare colors. Then go to the bike store. Then hopefully soon after that, buy a bike. I guarantee you that for many of us, this won’t be our last bike. You’ll love it and you’ll think it’s the best thing since sliced bread but like that boyfriend in high school, sooner or later, it will get old and you’ll start dreaming about a new one.
Or don’t buy a thing. Keep all the old stuff and the old bike. Just be sure to get out and ride your bike. Happy New Year! May 2013 be filled with good health, well supported breasts and more trails!