Popped My Cherry!†



It finally happened.  I sold my first bike.  And I did not have a bicycle stolen in the process.  And I also held my tongue.  There was another unlocked bike on the rack tonight when I brought the bikes in.

It was not a bike I had unlocked, so I don’t know who it was, but I felt like, you know what, it’s been a good day, let sleeping dogs lie.  And it was a good day.  I felt like I got a lot accomplished at work, aside from selling my first bike, and I felt like I was of service.

I also could not believe some of the stuff coming out of my mouth.  Who knew I knew all this stuff?

I thought later on that it was partially because the GM was not there, I felt comfortable, I did not feel pressured and there were plenty of co-workers around that I did feel good interacting with.  When I had a question, and I did have a few, I was able to connect with a person in the shop and address it.

I walked the girl through everything and she pulled the trigger on a $1400 bike!  Almost twice what our standard bike goes out the door for.  It was so satisfying.  I had a huge grin on my face for hours.

Then, I did it again!  But this time the bike I “sold” was to myself.  I have been dreaming up my bike now for months.  And as it is officially January, ie, tax season, I knew I was ready to go ahead with it.  Besides I feel like it’s time for me to get on one of the machines I help to sell.

I have been holding off, partially because I have a deal with myself that any item that I want to buy I wait one week for every hundred dollars it will cost.  This gives me time to not make a rash decision, ‘cuz sometimes retail therapy it feels oh so good, and it allows me room to navigate my finances.

I usually get a tattoo with the tax man’s money.  But this feels really right.

Want to know what I am getting?

Sure you do!

56 cm frame painted in RAL 5011, very dark navy blue, with a top coat of, wait for it, Rock Star Sparkle!  Giggling with glee. Would also be clapping hands, but said hands are typing.  Rear wheel is a Velocity B43 in, oh my god, clap for me, “popsicle purple”!  Which is actually a discontinued color, but the head mechanic got a hold the guys we get our wheels through, and check it out, it must be fate, they have one left in stock!

Mine, mine, mine, mine, mine.


The Velocity B43’s are sick, sick, sick, deep rims, and I am going to run this in the rear so it will be a heavy splash of color and it will be NMSW.  Translation: non-machine side wall, which means, there is no braking surface, which means, huge, gigantic wheel of color.  Black spokes and black hub.

In case you were wondering, also, free wheel one speed.  My ride is going to be light as a feather, about  20 lbs.  The one speeds weigh in about 19 1/2 lbs, but my back tire will be a little heavier since it’s the B43.

Next, a Sugino crank, also black.  An Izumi chain, also black.  MKS pedals, black, with Hold Fast toe “cages” (not really a cage but a thick piece of velcro fabric that works like a cage, but doesn’t have the cage look or feel) in black and purple.

The front wheel will be a Velocity Deep V in silver with a machine side wall for braking.  This will be my first bike with only one brake.  Slightly nervous, but everyone in the shop swears I only need one and I tend to believe them, eight other people running one brake on the front, equals me being comfortable with the idea of trying something new.

Next, oh, pause for sexy breath, a pair of drop handle bars.  But not just any drop bar, this one is the Super Velodrama drop bar from Soma.  Which translates to this amazingly gorgeous wicked sexy drop pair with an enlarged swoop design–in black.


I found out today that I was not relegated to the shop parts, I could get really creative and find other bars and components and I did just that.  The head mechanic recommended the Soma bars and there they were peeping at me, batting their eyelashes, saying you know you want me.

Yes, yes I do.

The head set is an IRD Technoglide in, yes purple!  Nice little pop of color on the front to balance out the back wheel.

And to “top” of my ride a  Fi’zik saddle in black–the Arione Donna K:ium 2012-which is a female centric saddle in a racing form with, yes, I am a girl, black leather, with flower cutouts in the leather.  I will be super gluing a ball bearing into the stem of the bike to prevent some one stealing my saddle.  I can tell you that right now.

I am really psyched.  Can you tell?

Clap your hands with me.

Delusional with excitement.

Now about the only thing that could top that is a room.

But I feel like that is getting closer.  I do.  I do.  Perhaps it is that the stress of the holidays is ending and life is getting into a normal groove.  Or maybe I am getting used to moving around.

Or I am still high from having sold Becky her bike today.  Her name is Beck and she is adorable and her boyfriend bought her the bike for her birthday.  Good boyfriend!

Regardless, it is nice to feel a little less freaked out then I did yesterday.  It helps too, to get good reports back on the cats on their spa vacation in Berkeley.  They are in a good home and that makes mama feel better.

I am also in a good home and grateful for it.

Which reminds me, I need to send lady Robyn a big thank you card and some flowers. I may do that in person, as I still have stuff at her place.  Wouldn’t it be nice to go back to her house bouquet in hand with the news that I found a place?

I think it would.

Here’s to that scenario.

And a brand new bike for a brand new year.

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