Friday, 8 May 2009

I bought a folding bicycle

For some time I've been pondering about buying a bicycle since it seems my weight has been increasing lately up to about 90 kg, which, for my height and age, is about 20 kilograms too much.

But since I am living in a rented apartment, storing the bicycle was a problem, until I realized I could buy a folding bicycle. When that idea hit me, I literally couldn't sleep until about 6 am and I searched the internet about the options, issues to expect, things to check.

In the end I found a Dahon Mu P8 bicycle someone was selling on a bidding site and, after seeing it I concluded that was in mint shape, so there was no reason not to buy it since the price was half of a new one, while this one was only a year old.

I bought the bike yesterday and rode it to work from the place where I met the person who sold it to me and it was quite an enjoyable experience. I still have to do some minor adjustments (saddle is a little bit loose and folding could be better if the handle bar was in another position) before I can ride it regularly to work, but that's just, well, a minor problem :-P.



Now I have a way to do regular exercise without feeling is a drag, so I expect to lose some weight soon after I start riding it to work regularly :-) . Maybe I'll manage to lose about 5 kilos until DebConf, which would be great.

6 comments:

Thomas Koch said...

Write some experiences of bicycling in Bucuresti, please! (If you should survive it ...)

Manuel R. Ciosici said...

Now you can grab a GPS with you and join Open Streetmap mappers.

damog said...

That's awesome! Also, you could bring your portable bike to Caceres and rode it there to tour the town.

eddyp said...

That's awesome! Also, you could bring your portable bike to Caceres and rode it there to tour the town.I'd bring it, but I am scared the airport morons in Bucharest would break it on return. I've seen them handling luggages and I am always trying to keep valuables away from their hands.

eddyp said...

Now you can grab a GPS with you and join Open Streetmap mappers.I already am an active contributor. I already mapped a big part of my home town and parts of the area I live in Bucharest. Why don't you join the talk-ro list?

eddyp said...

Write some experiences of bicycling in Bucuresti, please! (If you should survive it ...)I plan to do that. OTOH, I am actively trying to stay away from the dangerous roads and using less significant ones, back alleys and such.

Just after buying the bicycle, I used the dedicated bicycle lane and it was a mixed experience. I'll probably post more details in another post.