So though the snow has kept me house-bound for over a week, at last today the streets cleared enough to allow a buyer to test-ride The Viva. Possible Buyer #1 and I have been corresponding about her coming to see the bike for nearly two weeks. In the meantime, I also showed the bike to Possible Buyer #2.
Last weekend, Possible Buyer #1 wasn’t able to make it out before the big snow, and Possible Buyer #2, who came to look at it just before the storm went nuts, was hesitant since she was more interested in a mixte-type bicycle. In the meantime, I was about to lose my mind with impatience.
I waited for the roads to clear, emailed Possible Buyer #1 again, and tonight… out she came, and she bought the bike! She’s very tall, but The Viva was always on the big side for me, so it fit her perfectly. She was looking for a transportation bike, and recognized the great deal she was getting, so I think she will be happy with her purchase. She even has a gorgeous Po Campo Pannier she uses as a purse, and it looks fab on The Viva (what wouldn’t, really?), so I think this was Made To Be.
And I think I’m going to need one of those panniers at some point. That thing was sweet!
I’m hoping to go for a ride with her this spring, so The Raleigh and The Viva can hang out again. As she’s a reader of rideblog, she was interested in meeting the famous Raleigh, which delighted me to no end.
I will miss The Viva, but really, I’ve become a one-bike gal. I will perhaps get The Shogun up and running as a bike for me this summer, or I may not. The derailleur needs replacing on it, and frankly, I’d want upright bars, an internally-geared hub and other upgrades that I don’t really have any money to make. In the meantime, a new camera and lenses are winging their way to me (or they will be, come Monday).
I’m very excited about this! Once I’m comfy with the new set-up, I’ll be giving away my Canon Powershot, with which so many of the lovely photos on this blog have been taken. Stay tuned for that.
And at some point, I hope to… you know… RIDE A BICYCLE AGAIN. Just for kicks.