I Got a Bike
My last bike was a WalMart special, and special doesn't begin to describe it.
Short, heavy, slow, and a tremendous pain in the ass.
I can achieve that on my own; I don't need a bicycle.
So, I went online to see if they make bicycles sized for actual adults and it turns out that they do. I selected a moderately priced hybrid on Amazon, one with good reviews for quality and a reasonable price tag. It arrived last week, and I took it for a spin right after I put it together, and wow! What a difference! My knees no longer ram into my chin as a pedal, and my leg straightens almost completely on the down stroke. Even better, the bike is about 50% lighter than my old one.
Which by the way, is now available for the low low price of "Come and get it!"
While I'm very happy with my purchase, and I'm already starting to build up my endurance, I am in a quandary.
You see, I blew my whole budget on the bike, and I don't have enough money for a helmet.
And that's a bad thing, because I will be riding my bike a lot on the roads, and without a helmet, well, even a small spill could have drastic consequences. I could be laid up in the hospital for months with a severe head injury.
I tell you, I'm really worried about what might happen if I crash. Not worried enough to quit riding until I can afford a helmet; that's just crazy talk. I bike is meant to be ridden, and ride it I shall. After all, it's Spring, and that's the best time for riding. But I am worried, and that worry is beginning to affect my work. I know I've got a good job, but after paying for my expenses, cable, internet, cell phone, NetFlix, etc, there just aren't enough dollars left over at the end of the month to pay for a helmet.
And that's just not fair!
I mean, I have a bike, but I can't ride it safely because I can't afford a helmet, even though I'm working hard and doing my best to get ahead. And when you think about it, I'm not the only one facing the risk. If I get hurt, my medical bills will be covered by insurance, but that will make premiums go up for me, and for everybody else. And that's just not fair to me; I'm already having to stretch my budget.
I have a bike, and By Golly, I have a right to ride it safely, without having to risk my health, or my future, or to place an undue burden on the health care system if I get injured. I deserve...no...I DEMAND that my benefits package at work covers free bicycle helmets.
And a water bottle so I don't get dehydrated.
And little flashy lights so I don't get hit by a car when I'm riding at night wearing my nifty black riding outfit.
Which I also demand.
After all, it will save money in the long run, and make me a safer more productive citizen. Not to mention healthier.
So come on America! Pay up! I have a right to ride my bike in safety, and you have a responsibility to make it happen. if you don't act now to support me and keep me safe, then you are a mean, nasty, hateful, boogerhead.
(Oh, and I want a bell too! Rinnnng riinngg!)
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I actually got one myself when stationed in Korea because a car would be a pain in the butt. Great idea, I just wish I had a place to ride it now.