I've recently re-discovered how much I love bicycling. I started biking to work and fell in love with it. On top of my love of biking, we've also had an amazing and rare summer in Chicago. It's been very mild and very beautiful--- like, every day. Perfect biking weather. Very low humidity, and always in the 70's/80's. Perfecto! It's even helped me lose a little weight. Bonus!
Only problem is my bike. It's lost it's biking magic. The pedals are cracked and old= not safe. The spokes on my wheels are rusty... that just feels not safe. My breaks are bad. The gears are kinda rusty/worn. The tires are cracked and leaky.
New bikes are so expensive. And who wants to stand in one of those bread lines for a used bike?