Want to know one of the perks of growing up in Ohio? At least northwest Ohio? It is super flat aka ideal leisurely biking terrain. I learned this the hard way when I took a regular ole' one speed bike with me when I moved to Cincinnati where there are hills galore. I like the different elevations and it makes for great views but let me just tell you, when I took my bike out for my first (and embarassingly last) ride, I could barely get up what I always thought was a meager hill to go to the library just a few blocks away. I was huffing and puffing and could barely get the pedals to make a full circle. If not for my stubborn willingness to make a complete trip on my bike, I would have gotten off and walked it the rest of the way. The shame!!
Once I finally made it back, I parked the bike in my garage and there it has sat, sad and unriden. Last time I was home, there was gorgeous weather and plenty of flat, easy riding to be had so I jumped on one of our family bikes and took a few spins around the street. And let me just tell you, I've still got.