30. Bike Around Indy

I found myself with a little more free time in July and August (more on that later), and since the weather was so cool for that time of year, I found many excuses to ride my bike around the city. One Saturday, I even rode up The Monon Trail in an attempt to get to the Broad Ripple Farmers Market. Unfortunately I only made it from 16th to 38th street, and learned a valuable lesson about the comfort of a bicycle seat.

I have owned my bike since about 2009. It was a cheap Craigslist purchase, which I found suitable since 2 very expensive bikes had already been stolen from me. The problem was that even though the bike was purchased in ’09, it had not been ridden once it was purchased. I moved it out of 2 apartments in Chicago, down to Indianapolis, and never rode it once. Enter February 2013, where my whole family surprised me for my 30th birthday and my amazing sister stayed with me for a week after said celebration. My sister is a do-er. She seriously gets shit done. So the last day she was in town, we pulled my bike out of storage, filled the tires and got it moving.

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It would be another 5 months before I would take it for another spin, but once I started, I did it almost daily.

My ride up the Monon.

My ride up the Monon.

I spent many days at Central Library in Indianapolis. They have free internet PLUS floors and floors of books. It’s any nerds dream come true. Plus, they have a beautiful green space outdoors where you can sit and still connect to the internet. It’s a win-win for the days that were too gorgeous to spend inside.

My favorite room in the library.

My favorite room in the library.

View of downtown Indy from the top floor.

View of downtown Indy from the top floor.

My outdoor view.

My outdoor view.

I did try to get a picture of myself riding my bike; however, I almost fell off, so you’re just going to have to take my word for it. Also…how do you people take pictures of yourselves riding your bikes?! I’m amazed at your photog skills.