This is Little Blue, a Dahon Vitesse folding bike. Seven speed weighs slightly less than 30 lbs.
They say you never forget how to ride a bike. I have not ridden since I was a kid, when I use to ride everywhere on my 1 speed, coaster break bike. Aside from a brief ride on a bike at the beach, nothing. But it does appeal to me in a somewhat limited way. I am not full of the courage that road bikers have, nor the athletic ability of those mountain bikers. No for me a paved bike path is just my speed.
I took my first ride today. Part of the fun is figuring our where to adjust the seat and handle bar height to. Next is how to sit in the saddle. I am a horsewoman and have sat in many saddles, good and bad. This one is going to take some getting use to. Finding where the sweet spot is will take time. There is always an option to try a different type.
I drove to Woodinville, the town north of me and headed south on the Sammamish Slough trail, back to Redmond. I was going to head north but my neighbor encouraged me to try the southbound track first.
It is a pretty trail down the valley. There are several truck farms and small properties on one side of the slough, the other side is more light industrial and there is a large golf course. Most of the way, these are hidden behind trees and shrubs.
The trail is popular and I really wished I had a sign on my back saying Olde Fart Beginner. The speedsters race up from behind (on left on left) and the joggers and strollers are always present. I made several stops on my way south to enjoy seeing and hearing birds