Tuesday, February 23, 2010

Babywatch update, and Bikes?

Babywatch: Stand Down from baby picture alert! This was just a drill! Nothing to see here, move along.... Today's ultrasound and follow-up non-stress test said all is still fine, better than the last kind of questionable reading, and there is no need to hasten her arrival. Yay for the doctors - the Mama and the Baby Daddy are really happy with their OB team.

Bikes. Okay, I have two comments about Electras - and I've shopped them on the Innernets. Talk me into one. Keep in mind that Florida is flat and 3 speeds are really 2 more than strictly necessary. I want a cruiser bike, but with a lightweight frame, and oh yes, cuteness counts. I was thinking a basic Schwinn 3 speed comfort cruiser, but the Electras are just sooo much cooler....

My head cold lingers on, but spicy Chinese food helped more than the useless drugs. I'm going to bed at 9.

8 comments:

Anonymous said...

Florida may be flat as a pancake (never been there) but think ahead, what is the geography like in the places you like better that Florida?

Just a thought -- your luck has to change sooner rather than later.

All the best for the very exciting times ahead.

Gae, in Callala Bay

Linda said...

Good news about the Mom & baby.
Just checked out their website. First difference I noticed between regular cruisers & the Electras was your position on the Electras is more upright. less pressure on your shoulders & back.

Gigi said...

I totally went with the fun factor in choosing my Electra. I got all the gears just in case i ever wanted to do a real ride. And I am totally cool on my bike. I feel like I am just IT when riding it. I have the front basket and bell as well, but my big sis wouldn't let me get any other accessories, if I wanted to ride with her. I am 50, she is 60. Schwinn also has some great ones.

Catherine said...

They are gorgeous, and I'm already crushing on the purple one - Karma, is it? But how much does an Electra weigh? Those cruisers appear quite, um, substantial, and I have to be able to lift the sucker myself when I need to!

Catherine said...

Oh, and Gae? I am buying a bike for where I am now, because if I get to move where I want to be (before I'm in one of those motorized scooter thingies) my knees will not be too eager to pedal on THOSE hills. I can walk them, but not bike them.

Anonymous said...

Fair enough! My knees agree with you, although it is not actually the pedalling that bothers me, it is the repeated little jolts, when stopping, putting foot to ground. Those jolts add up to screaming knees, which is why I tried a trike for a while. The trike was VERY strange - kept trying to follow the camber of the road. Be serious about the weight of the bike - if you want to drive to a pleasant scenic spot for a pleasant tour, it is not a good idea to start out by giving yourself a hernia, lifting the bike into the car.

Gae, in Callala Bay

Garilynn said...

After reading about the bikes, I googled "Electra". Years without TV have left me without a "cultural" context and I got lots of semi nude pictures of a young lady, so I added bikes to the search. Very nice. We saw lots of this type in California about 4 years ago at my older son's wedding.The bike rental companies like them for the studiness, I suppose.


DH constantly says that I should learn to use the gears, but I always seem to just use the one and pedal harder on hills. I got a used Schwinn one speed back pedal brakes just like the one I learned to ride on as a young thing. It costs about $100. But I do like the looks of the Electra! However, at the price, maybe a bike with an motor assist?

Anonymous said...

I hadn't ridden a bike in years, and when I went to the bike shop to test ride my Electra, I was pedaling around the parking lot in circles, and some old guy backed his car out of a space right in front of me. I panicked a little, and just dropped my feet---with Electra's "flat foot" technology, you don't have to jump down off of the bike---your feet will touch the ground while you are sitting on it. That was what sold me on my cruiser. My cruiser is steel and does weigh a ton, but some versions come with aluminum frames, or you can get a Townie. (The Townies come in several models with more gearing options.) They also have some kind of vintage-looking Dutch bikes, and a new model that is based on some kind of Italian racing bike. (?) I also feel safer on my Electra because you do sit more upright---more comfortable for your neck and back and it's easier to look for cars when you cross streets, etc. It is super-cold here now, with several inches of snow on the ground, and I REALLY miss riding my big bike.