Long story short. I wrote an essay of 50 words or less about how a new bike would set me free. This essay contest was open to residents of Minneapolis. Over 300 essays were submitted, with the 50 best essays, as determined by editors of Bicycling Magazine, selected as the winners for 50 bikes to be given away on Saturday, June 16th.
I came in 51st. Yep, that's right, just missed the cut-off. However, I was notified that I was at the top of the alternates list. (whew) That meant that I would be notified on Thursday, June 14th, after 7 pm as to whether or not there was a bike for me. I got the call. Two days later, I headed down to the Lake Harriet bandshell to the BikeTown giveaway event, where I picked up my brand new, shiny, mint green, Raleigh Coasting! Which I immediately so aptly named "Lucky". (as per a suggestion from my friend Karen)
Meet Lucky. I will post a real picture soon, but this picture works well for now. I didn't just win a bike, I won a bike that knows me better than I know myself!
POP QUIZ: Which feature was I most excited about?
A) Sweep Back Alloy Handlebars
B) Saddle w/ Classic Rear Coil Springs and a Front Loop
C) Shimano Coasting Dynamo and Shimano Coasting Internal 3SPD
D) Six-Pack Rack with Built in Bottle Opener
The correct answer: D) Six-Pack Rack with Built in Bottle Opener
(As if there were any debate...)
Part of the BikeTown program is that the participants are asked to keep a journal, noting how they use the bicycle, how it changes their life, and subsequently if the bicycle leads to weight loss and a happier outlook on life. You can find more information on BikeTown here. Who knows, maybe you'll get lucky too?
Here we go!