My Year To Thrive

"My mission in life is not merely to survive, but to thrive; and to do so with some passion, some compassion, some humor, and some style." ~Maya Angelou

Saturday Salivation: I Want To Ride My Bicycle


Bicycle races are coming your way,
So forget all your duties, oh yeah!
Fat bottomed girls they’ll be riding today,
So look out for those beauties, oh yeah!
On your marks, get set, go!
Bicycle race, bicycle race, bicycle race
Bicycle, bicycle, bicycle, I want to ride my bicycle.
~Queen, “Bicycle Race”~ (Pure Lyrics)

Huffy Nel Lusso women's cruiser, butterscotch

Huffy’s Nel Lusso Butterscotch, 26″ women’s cruiser bicycle; image used from

I wanted to call this post “Fat bottomed Girls They’ll Be Riding Today”, but I’m not actually getting a bike so it seemed misleading.  And I, due to a mix of ethics & affection, would never want to mislead you on.

I however would love to have a bicycle!  Alas, where I live makes the idea iffy, as I can’t ride it around the immediate area because people fly along these country roads like they’ll never see another vehicle, oh like any number of tractors puttering around, or maybe a cow.  The roads are hilly & curvy with ditches where there might otherwise be shoulders, so in my mind it pretty much adds up to a death trap.

I could drive it out to town though, or the park, & ride it around.  I am strongly considering it, but the idea of driving my bike somewhere to ride it seems odd & a little troublesome.  I’m not sure how often I’d actually do it.  We shall see how things go when the weather warms up.

I wanted a bicycle where I was living before I moved home.  It was the perfect neighborhood to ride one around.  So much within a mile radius including a local grocery.  But I had no moneys with which to buy one at the time, so it was not to be.  More recently I have been inspired by *Bitch Cakes*’s pink Hello Kitty cruiser & The Token Fat Girl’s post about her “bike for fat people”.

I have always loved the simple retro-style bikes.  My mom had an old fashioned powder blue bicycle she picked up a yard sale I rode when I was younger.  All my friends had ten speeds (even when I had one I never bothered with the gears; they confused me) & they called me Orville (as in Redenbacher the bow tie wearing popcorn pooh-bah).  I like sitting up straight.  I also eschew recumbent exercise bikes & those motorcycles you have to lay on top of to ride.  But I digress.

My point being, isn’t it lovely?  Not only is it the color of butterscotch (my favorite flavor of pudding), but it has fenders, an extra cushy spring seat, a basket (which I’d replace with a tan wickery one), & a back rack.  Oh yeah – it has a cup holder, too!  I have never seen that on a bike, just the bottle holders on the bar.  I am digging this bike.  Plus, I could actually get it around here & it’s in my price range.  Score!  I would be so chic tooling around town on this.

Now to figure out how to get my cat to wear a hat & ride around in the basket…


Author: despitemyself

A person in flux.

5 thoughts on “Saturday Salivation: I Want To Ride My Bicycle

  1. Pingback: Meh. But I Got A Bike « My Year To Thrive

  2. Cool! I got a cruiser myself, but I’ve decided it was wrong for me. One because it is just too big for me, I’m short and the whole thing feels too big. Two, it’s one speed and I think with my condition I need do be able to change speeds. get the bike to do some of the work instead of me having to do it. But I did have some fun on it this morning even though it has an impossible turning radius. You’re a whole lot healthier than me though! Pippin had a blast running along with me!

    • I never got the hang of bike gears. I had a 10 speed when i was younger, but i didn’t know what to do with it, lol. If I’d had the internet back them though I would have become an expert on it! Glad you had some fun though:D

      I have the same problem being short. I’ve been looking at 24″ youth bikes, but they don’t have as wide a selection. I probably won’t get one till I move though. It’s too dangerous to ride where I live & I just don’t know how much I would use it if I have to load it up & drive somewhere to ride it, & I don’t know where I’d take it.

  3. I know! The last time I bought a bike, my first & only ride lasted about two minutes before I realized 1) I was entirely too fat & lazy to ride a bike, & 2) my apartment somehow managed to be in a spot where it was uphill either way I went. Never noticed it in my car…

  4. Lovely bike, and a cup holder! Cool. I always envy the kids on their scooters flitting about the streets. It looks like so much fun, but I would look very odd riding one. So I stick to the car, lol.

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