What all the cool kids are riding this year
I never did.
Over time I rode rode less, and less... until literally months would go by between trips. It hung in the garage, unused unless one of the kids' buddies came over and needed an extra set of wheels.
This morning, I got to open the enormous box that's been sitting in our family room for the last several days-- and, after an hour or so of "some assembly required" (not too awful, really-- the critical bits were all in place), it was ready to ride.
No, it's not a fancy, "riding in the Tour de France next year" model. It's more the "headed down to the church, and running a few errands while I'm out," tooling around town sort, which is just exactly right. The seat is very comfortable, and the handlebars are higher and set wider than those on my old bike, which makes it easier on my back. It felt odd at first, but I got used to it in a hurry. Especially when we all rode down to MoCones after lunch, for ice cream.
The amusing thing about this is that riding with such straight posture gives me the oddest sensation... as though one ought to be looking for Toto in a basket behind my seat.
*Cue the theme music.*