My New Bike

My New Kona Sutra 2011

Not that I have a lot of money but I saved up for some new wheels, namely for my new touring bike, my Kona Sutra.  Strange enough, I didn’t know how much that name sounded like something else until my friends made me aware of it in my Facebook.  Thanks to my friends and their imagination, they made some pretty funny jokes about it.  That’s what friends are for, right?

I did a lot of research on this and other touring bikes and this one stood out by far.  Well, I am getting ready for some good rides this summer and perhaps make a few visits for my work on my bike.  I just bought a new biking cap that fits under my helmet (coming in the mail). On the side of the cap I have inscribed, “Kick Gas! Go Biking!”  Hopefully that is not “offensive” to some but I thought it was appropriate for a biking cap especially during the wonderful gas prices we are experiencing.

I don’t watch much TV, but while I was waiting to visit and pray with someone in the hospital, I saw on the news (a TV was in the waiting room) about how children are experiencing cardiovascular problems.  According to this broadcast, most American children are not physically active and as a result, there is not a lot of cardiovascular circulation in their body.  As you may know, your muscles press upon your veins to assist circulation.  Without this, the added weight gain and poor eating habits (I read in the Chicago Tribune), we will be looking at serious growth of health issues in the future.  So, go biking !!!!

About a year ago on Public Radio, I heard an interview with a gentleman who designs the layouts of cities including roads.  He said one of the first interest in designing a city is the flow of traffic.  Not bike routes or paths, not sidewalks and the like, but the flow of traffic.  I can understand this.  But ask someone how much real walking they have done in a day or physical activity … well.  When I was in other countries like Europe, Central America, Russia, and other places, it is interesting how much people naturally walk or ride their bike.  You come back to the States (I am an American through and through by the way), we drive everywhere, even short distances and if you decide to ride your bike, it is dangerous on many roads. Also, the question is, where does one lock up one’s bike when you get to a particular shop, restaurant, library or any other place of interests?