I bought a bike

Categories The World According to Chris Brewer

I bought a bicycle today.

I knew I wanted to buy one, but today I pulled the trigger for a variety of reasons:

1. The mercury nearly hit 70. Good weather means it’s time to get outside and enjoy what Springfield has to offer.

2. Gas prices are insane. Gas is nearing $3.60 per gallon of regular unleaded fuel, and my car commands premium unleaded (see above photo). I will save a good amount of cash by biking the eight-mile roundtrip to and from work when I can.

3. It’s better than running. I need a better way to exercise than constantly jarring my knee joints and causing shin splints. Screw running,
I’m going on two wheels.

4. I can’t walk the entire Frisco Highline Trail in one day. Thirty-six miles one way is a bit much on two legs, but not on two wheels.

I’d like to say thanks to the kind people at Sunshine Bike Shop in Springfield who let me test-ride a couple bikes, taught me a bit about cycling in the area and showed me the ropes of what it takes to commute successfully here. My new Giant Escape 2 (2012 model) will pay itself off many times over in the future, and I’m thankful to have made a wise investment.


  • Jason Wert
    February 23, 2012

    Congrats dude.  Maybe someday I can get a bike and we can ride the Highline Trail together.

  • Zachary Allen Pilz
    April 24, 2012

    Chris, how many miles have you put on it so far? Knowing you it’s probably time to rotate tires. The only thing missing is some U of O or Cardinal tags. And just for fun you should mount your DSLR to the front on the handlebars…ok maybe not my best idea.

  • Chris
    April 25, 2012

    Thinking about getting a GoPro, Zach!

    I’m 36 miles away from 500. Should be closer to 1,000, but the weather and my right knee don’t cooperate with me at all times.

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