I went out to the gym on Saturday night, but just had a walk on the treadmill, then off home. I’m still not really well yet, but I just really needed to get out of the house. Then today I had a lesson, then off to the cycle shop. Ok, we had planned on getting H a bike for Christmas, but as her present bike is pretty small for her and more than a bit battered, plus the fact that this weather is perfect for playing outside as opposed to a colder December/Jan/Feb., etc. We decided to make it an early Christmas present instead. We looked at one place and found a pretty nice bike that of course she wanted straight away, but I was worried as there was no back part (I’m not sure how to describe this, but the flat part that goes above the wheel where you can put a basket, or someone can hitch a ride on), and she had told me she wanted that so that the neighbour kiddies could play together. There was no other bike with one of those on, except for a really expensive one that she was not going to get..So I persuaded her to go to another shop on the promise that we could return if she decided she still liked this one best.
Of course, the other shop..there was a cheaper one, and it had a, hmm, let’s call it a “back rack”, but it was big all over. I mean, H is pretty tall and skinny, so she needs a bigger bike, but she’s still only little, and the handlebars were really widely spaced and it just looked like a bit of a crap bike. Then another, which was lovely, but expensive. In the end, we went for it though..There would have been the option after we’d bought the one from the other shop, to have a back rack fitted, but it would cost around 2000 yen to fit, and it may not be flat, so it just seemed the right choice. She had better look after it, ha ha! So we spent the rest of the afternoon outside on the little bench that I said we’d never use, watching our children playing about on their bikes. Ahhhh, lovely weekend!