I've written about my beloved Lotus before. My winter bike is just how I like it- upright, sturdy, and easy to bail when conditions are sketchy.
Recently, my pal A. asked to borrow a bike for a short ride. Of course I said, "Yes!" and knew the Lotus would be perfect. A. doesn't ride much, and I wanted them to have a pleasant experience, so I set them up on my beginner-friendly Lotus, along with some photos and helpful hints. Because, who knows? Maybe A. would fall in love with biking around the city as much as I have, and then we could bike everywhere all the time forever! Whee!
I dragged the Lotus into the shop, changed out the studded tires (which were hilarious to ride down the Greenway in July), recabled and replaced housing, and cleaned, lubed and adjusted everything. Sparkly clean for A.'s bike debut.
Meet the Low of the United States (LOTUS). LOTUS, meet A.
These bars are wide and cruise-y! You'll be upright and comfy. I just recabled and adjusted the brakes this morning. And the bell is for saying, "Howdy," and, "Coming by on your left!"
I did not mount lights, so be sure to get some if you'll be out past dark.
Nice wide platform pedals that won't bite your shins but will hang onto your shoes.
It's single speed: easy peasy lemon squeezy.
The right side of the bike is the drivetrain/ dirty side, so if you are walking the bike stay on the left side and don't forget to roll up your right pant leg. =]
I just changed the bike's shoes, for ALL TERRAIN. I'm not sure what that means.
Handy dandy rear rack. You can use that inner tube to tie things down, or BYOB. (Bring your own bungee.) I suggest a slip knot when using the inner tube.
If you end up not riding in the rain today, that is understandable, but this bike has full fenders to protect you from wet pants and the dreaded skunk butt.
Long skirt? No problem. Step-through mixte frame is easy to mount and dismount.
Short skirt? You can lean the bike over to make it even easier to get on.
Update! Where we hear from the lovely A.
LOTUS and I had such a wonderful time!! It couldn't have been easier! After adjusting the saddle to a comfortable height, I was on my way. Lights, helmet, cute dress, and all! The bike was so user-friendly I barely even had to think about it. To help calm my urban-traffic nerves, I asked some friends to go with me. Not only did it make me feel more safe and less stressed, it made the ride way more fun! Thanks for setting me up for a fantastic ride about the town!
The wheels are turning, a plan has been set in motion... I hope to go on a ride with A. very soon!
If you have friends that are new to biking around town, my advice is to be patient and don't dismiss any fears or apprehensions. They are real barriers that take time and practice to conquer. Happy trails!