Last week Nick helped me get the green machine up and running again. I got her new tires and tubes, he lubed up my chain, helped me install the tires and checked my brakes and I was good to go!
It had been over a year since I’d ridden it, so we took it out for a spin around Humboldt Park and while I was pleasantly surprised to find I could still ride, the idea of riding it on major streets between 9am – 1am freaks me out. I never was fully confident on streets, so I’ve decided to build up to it with early morning rides along major thoroughfares to enjoy those precious little things in life we often miss, like sunrises, while building confidence by learning to deal with traffic (minimal, of course), road hazards, etc. without all the stress. Kind of like how I learned to drive in an empty church parking lot and slowly worked my way up to the highway with all the zooming cars and distractions. I was able to master that with minimal scares and accidents, so hopefully I’ll be able to master this as well.
The first of these rides happened this morning at 4:30. Nick and I woke to a grey dawn full of chirping birds, dragged ourselves out of bed totally confusing the dogs since their internal clocks don’t wake them up until 6, groggily put on our gear and rode along Division Street (since it has bike lanes) to North Avenue beach in order to try to catch the sunrise at 5:15. We didn’t quite make it to the lake to see the sun break the horizon, but what we saw was pretty nonetheless.
Here are some of my favorite shots from the trip. Can’t wait ’til our next one!
Overall it was a lovely way to start a lovely day and I made it to and from the lake with almost no incident (I almost ran a pigeon over as I turned onto my street, but managed to avoid him and stay on my bike at the same time – win!)