...sometimes it's just about the ride.
With the weather starting to break I've been riding my winter bike less and the Mundo more...and for a while (during the deepest, darkest, and coldest days of winter) I nearly forgot how lovely and beautiful this bike is to ride. I had a meeting at church tonight and thought it was going to rain but it didn't, and I'm glad that I rode. On my way home the evening was idyllic and (nearly) spring-like...and not a breeze in the air. The only thing I carried on my 7' and 60lb bike was me. I've said it before but I have to say it again (and only a Mundo owner truly knows this...and there's a few that read this blog)...for as big and heavy as this bike is it is the most graceful and comfortable bike I've ridden. Pedaling and coasting silently and nearly effortlessly on the way home was almost a form of meditation to me this evening. On rides like this I obviously do not need a bike like this but I rode it (opposed to one of my other bikes) because of its grace and comfort. If I had to say one negative thing about it is that it can be cumbersome at times...getting it in-and-out of my house and where I work. I'm thinking about (dreaming at this point because I don't have the $$ right now) purchasing a commuter bike and paring my fleet of 3 (or six, if you count those in my basement) down to two...the Mundo and a yet-to-be-determined new bike. I'd sell or donate the bikes that are accumulating and which I rarely use. The main stipulation is I am looking for a bike that is as comfortable and as graceful as a Mundo (I would also add the bread platform off my winter bike so I could carry things). A quick note to my fellow European riders that are reading this: you are fortunate to have such a large array of choices in bicyles available...fully loaded city bikes are few in the U.S....but it is getting better. One bike I am considering is a Breezer (click here and here). Has anyone ridden one of these or do you own one? I also thought about Batavus, which are available just north of the border (click here). Any other suggestions? Anyhow, at this point it is still in the dreaming stage (seriously dreaming) because I do not have the cash and really do not care to put things on a charge card...but hey, everyone can dream right? In the meantime I'll just keep coasting and pedaling and pedaling and coasting (and of course carrying all sorts of items) on my beautiful Mundo.