I have named my resurrected mountain bike: Chili Pepper!
A while ago, my husband found me this great looking MTB on craigslist. It had been sitting in the garage for some time over the dreary months of winter, while I continued procrastinating doing something about cardio exercise. Much needed cardio exercise, mind you! I have been blaming the closure of our beloved yoga studio for the increasing circumference around my mid-section, but really, I am the one to blame! I did start a home yoga session using Yogamazing and it is great, but there is something more encouraging to practice as a community (I just need to persevere!). Aside from the great benefits that comes with having a regular yoga practice, I have been told by my Traditional Chinese Medicine/Acupuncturist, that my body is the type that needs to move a lot and not sit at a desk for hours, ergo, I need to incorporate more physical activities in my daily life!
Enter Chili Pepper. I did have the bike looked at by the great people at Lynn Valley Bikes. They did a tune-up, changed the old tires to spiffy new Kenda Small Block 8’s, installed a new front hydraulic disc brake from Shimano and removed the old grips and replaced them with Ergo Grips which I purchased from MEC. As soon as I got the chance to ride, I took it to nearby Karen Magnussen Park for a few rounds. I was giddy! Wind in my hair (under a helmet, of course!) with -what people might consider a grimace rather than- a big grin on my face, I pedalled my way through the wooded area near the park. I was out of breath pretty quickly but I was happy!
Over the next few days, my husband helped me install a new bike-saddle that is a bit more forgiving than the old torn one, and a Filzer bike rack, that doubles as back fenders to keep the mud off me. We added front fenders, too, as I realized that coming home from a short ride through -what I thought- a bit of muck, the underside of the bike and myself were covered in dirt! Recently my husband let me purchase an Axiom Market Basket from BSP Bike Store. I had been bugging him to send me on grocery errands in the evenings, so he gave up and helped me with the installation of the removable basket, too!
Recently I also found out that Chili Pepper is an old (maybe circa 1996-1998) mountain bike made by Hillside Mountain Bikes in West Vancouver. I was ballsy and curious enough to e-mail them a picture of Chili and Stephen Hynes the owner, responded!
Now I am looking forward to some great weather and many more grocery errands! 🙂