My adventures with my Schwinn bicycle and lessons learned

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My Schwinn Bike
So you may remember I told you that I’d be getting a Schwinn bicycle to ride around town. My current bicycle was ancient and in need of repairs so I was thrilled to have a brand new, shiny Schwinn bicycle to enjoy.  I was super excited when it arrived and I had my Dad come over and put it together for me.  Schwinn even sent me a helmet to wear when I rode too. My task for the week was to enjoy my Schwinn on my adventures around my neighborhood. There’s not an awful lot in my neighborhood considering I live way out in the country.  The closest corner store is about four miles away which is a bit beyond my bicycle riding abilities especially considering the heat advisory we’ve been having here.

Schwinn bicycle

Lesson learned: Take time to smell the flowers

Armed with my shiny new, white Schwinn bike, I headed off up the road to visit a neighbor.   We live at the bottom of a hill so the first place I needed to go was up hill.  That was no problem at all with my new bike and when I got there, I made  sure to take a few minutes to smell the flowers and get my energy back to continue the climb up hill.

Schwinn Bicycle

Lesson learned: Someone’s sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.

The next day, I headed back up the road to visit the llamas that live at the top of the hill. It was a super hot day and they really didn’t want to come out of the shade. I don’t blame them at all. I was getting a bit warm too and took a few minutes to sit in the shade under a tree. I was starting to get a bit warm so I headed home to get out of the sun. Thankfully, the way home was all down hill.

Bicycle Schwinn

Lesson learned: Nothing compares to the simple pleasure of a bike ride

The next day it was even hotter and I decided to take my bike to the creek up the road so I could splash around for a bit.   Instead of sticking to the dirt road, this required I actually ride on the paved road which I don’t do a lot of.  I love how smooth and comfortable the ride was on my new Schwinn bike.  After a little fun in the water, I headed home.

Bike Schwinn

Lesson learned: A little rain each day will fill the rivers to overflowing

Whenever I’m away for a while, it feels good to come home again.  I know I’ll be riding around on more adventures on my Schwinn bicycle.  It’s super comfortable and rides really well. I love that it’s white and pink and it has a handy spot on the back that I can put my bag just in case I need something while I’m out. The most important lesson I learned during my week of riding my Schwinn is that it’s important to take time out of my busy day to do something as simple as ride my bike up the road. Not only is it good for you physically, it’s good for you emotionally to have quiet time to reflect on the beauty of nature and the peace of a little time alone.

Bicycle home

Lesson learned: I love my Schwinn bicycle

If we’ve learned anything from more than a century of building bikes, it’s that some things never get old. From that first taste of freedom, when the training wheels come off, to the wonder of a parent letting go, and all of the ups and downs in between, magical moments in life happen on a Schwinn. Life’s a ride. Enjoy it on a Schwinn.

Disclosure: Compensation was provided by Schwinn via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of Schwinn

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Comments

  1. What gorgeous pictures! I would love to play in that water! I cannot wait until I get a bike trailer for my son so I can take him out on some bike adventures with me!
  2. I so agree with the lesson about the simple pleasures of a bicycle.  I had forgotten the feeling that riding a bike gives you and I'm hooked once again.  It's amazing how we can learn life lessons from something as simple as a bike ride but I guess it's just the slowing down and taking the time to actually learn them.  It looks like you live in a beautiful area where you can enjoy riding your bike often!
  3. Tiffany Revels-Cruz says
    Looks like you had a great time on your new Schwinn. You've got some great scenery around you.
  4. Sandy Jenney - Organize with Sandy says
    Looks like a really nice bike Ellen!  You're pictures are great! I also like the looks of that seat.  Some of them are so uncomfortable, but that ones looks cushy! 
  5. I love riding my Schwinn around during the summer!
  6. I love your pictures!! I haven't ridden on a bike in ages, i wonder if I still know how? I know what they say, but I lack the balance I had back then, so I'm nervous! LOL.
  7. I MISS riding bikes! I really need to fit some time in to do so....LOVE your photos....
  8. Chelsea @ Someday I'll Learn says
    I definitely need to take time to stop and smell the flowers more often!
  9. we just got a bicycle rack for the back of our jeep so we can take the whole family biking. We are going to try a little off roading but not sure the kids are up to that yet!
  10. cool bike
  11. Still Blonde after all these YEARS says
    What a lovely and interesting post about Schwinn and the lessons you learned.  I agree riding a bike is a very contemplative activity.  How fun is it to power your own transportation?  
  12. Diane N - Philzendia says
    I used to go bike riding in prospect park in Brooklyn all the time.  Something happened to my bike and I never replaced it.  Reading your story reminds me how much I miss it.  I need to get a new bike!
  13. I miss riding my bike. Loved the pictures and where you live!
  14. tonygreene113 @ 113tidbits says
    This looks like an awesome cycle for riding some of the trails here in Florida.
  15. It looks like you met some hills and conquered them. I remember my first Schwinn bike and how proudly I sat on the wide seat and there was a basket in the front to carry books and stuff. It was either bike or walk, so my siblings and I got good at biking.
  16. i have all ways had bike and rember since it got hot carry your cell and water and do not over do it
  17. Aimee Siegler says
    I think I'd enjoy my bicycle more if I was riding like this - last time I was training for a triathlon.
  18. I like the scenery in your photos. My family likes to ride all around the small town we live. My young boys learned at very early ages to ride two wheeled bikes, otherwise they got left behind or pulled from behind in the trailer. We now use the trailer for trips to the grocer or to the park for a picnic. I would gladly get rid of my car and only use my bike if it was possible!

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