Well, I finally got around to getting myself a bike.
I've purchased a Giant Rainer 19" frame. I got more than $150 off of the asking price it seems, and I like the shop that I bought it from (owned by 2 guys, I bought from one of them). I think its best to buy from a small independant shop like that, personally.
Anyway, here is a picture:
Its certainly more of a mountian bike. It may not be the best for commuting on the roads, but I like biking on the non-paved paths and offroad trails. Unfortunately the best route to work is all paved.
I took it out for the first time today and road around the river valley here in Edmonton. I got somewhat used to the balance and such of the bike, although I did fall once going up a steep incline offroad as I was leaning too off to the side. Plus, I haven't really biked since my last bike was stolen 3 or so years ago... although my job is fairly physical-labour intensive, biking certainly uses different muscles.
Anyway, I hope to see how long I can not use my car!
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