A Day in the Life of A Bicycle
I am so bored! I am bored, bored, bored, bored, bored! And I’m
covered with spider webs, up here on these hooks in the garage. I feel like I’ve
been here for ages. Watching the garage door go up and down every day over and
over again, but never being invited to go outside. Here I sit. Bored.
Oh, wait! The garage door is opening again! But, this time there’s no gust of arctic wind hitting my spokes and pedals. That must mean spring is here. Hooray! Yes, I may be a bicycle, but I know exactly what spring is. Spring is when my person finally takes me down off of this wall and we both go outside again. My favorite time of year!
Typically, our first outing of the spring is a quick trip around the block a few times. My person is always so happy after our first ride - it’s like over the winter, she forgot how totally awesome I am. It’s like she can’t believe how much she loves spending time with me and then suddenly remembers and smiling she always says, “Why don’t I ride you in the winter?” I want to tell her that she can, but again, I’m a bike - I can’t talk!
Maybe today is the day for our first spring ride. She’s coming my way and she’s got a bucket with soap and water in it. I am so excited! I think this is it! She grabs my handles and seat and carefully takes me down off of the wall. Ahhhh! That feel great. I notice she’s taking the tire pump from out of the corner of the garage. She pops my kickstand up and guides me outside into the sunshine and the warmth of a beautiful Colorado day. I see the mountains in the distance and know she’ll take me up there someday soon.
She grabs the hose, bucket, soap and a sponge and starts to wash the spider webs and dust off of me. After a nice bath and rinse, she fills my tires with air, adjusts my seat, makes sure my spokes are straight, tests my brake levers and pads and gives the shifters an adjustment. She makes sure my chain tension is good and gives my reflectors and bicycle light a shine with a soft cloth. This year she’s got something new she’s adding to me. It’s another seat! What is that for? She carefully secures this new seat behind my original seat. This seat is huge and looks super comfortable. How is she going to ride in that? Hmmm.
After I have been washed, rinsed, dried and prepped for the season, she stands back and takes a good, long look at me with a huge smile on her face. It’s like she’s remembering all of the amazing times we have had together all in one moment. Her face is full of joy. I am so happy I get to help her feel this way.
She heads inside. I am confused because at this point, she typically hops on me and we take off. She comes right back outside, but this time she’s got a little version of herself in her arms. Who is that? He’s very cute and is already wearing some pretty awesome cycling gear. I see what’s going on here! This is her child and she’s already teaching him how completely awesome I am! She’s turning him into a little cyclist! This makes me very happy.
My person puts her person in the fancy new seat (I get it now) and secures him in including his very own helmet. She has all of her cycling gear on and hops on me. She’s a little wobbly at first, trying to balance me out, but then, just like she never stopped riding me, she takes off. The sun and fresh air is therapeutic and refreshing for all of us. The little person giggles and smiles as he closes his eyes and tilts his head toward the sun. My person looks up at the sun as well, peaceful and ready for another season of days just like this one.
There’s a sense of freedom and adventure that overwhelms me in the best way. I love being a bike.