Fortune Favors the Bold
This super-exciting event started with a routine administrative procedure. Last November I renewed my membership to Austin’s biggest advocacy and educational bicycle organization, Bike Austin. A merger of the former League of Bicycling Voters and Austin Cycling Association, BA came to my attention due to a past landlord (who shall remain nameless and faceless, at least until I can unearth a photo he okays). I finally joined, began volunteering, entered a raffle and voila! I won a BRAND… NEW… BIKE! First I got a phone call inviting me to a BA meeting, because “they had something to give me.” I declined and said see you at the next one. I tried to guess what it was, and even guessed correctly, but they were mum. They sent me a video link with the director reading the answers, and I realized she said my name! Lucky me. So now I have it, and I’ve begun riding it. Much gratitude goes to Hill Abell with Bicycle Sport Shop and the shop staff, plus the hard working folks at Bike Austin (Julia and A Dude below) for this wonderful gift.
The machine in question is made by Austin-based Fairdale Bikes. You can read all about them and the Weekend Archer at the links provided. What I can tell you is, a) I am one lucky sum’ a bitch and b) this is an awesome bicycle! Before my trusty Fuji Silhouette, which I have been riding for over a year and a half and have put an undetermined number of miles on (around 7,500 is my guess), I rode a GT. This was also a heavy, steel frame, street bike. I rode it in my first Hill Country Ride for AIDS for 50 miles. I also had it modified with a stem extension, so the handlebars were much higher. I now have that back and am thinking of selling it. But I digress, because I can. So any digression haters know this: I’m just going to shake it off.