biking 101

I am finally doing what I have dreamed about doing forever...Biking to work!  My new office is only 2.2 miles from my home, so two weekends ago I bought this sweet Raleigh bike, fashioned it with a basket for my goodies (AKA, lunch and change of shoes) and some lights for night riding.  I wanted a hybrid and this one is kind of, but it's called a comfort bike.  It's perfect for me because I haven't biked since I was a kid, and I got into some pretty killer wrecks back then.  I know I couldn't do a road bike because I'm too nervous to go that fast and a cruiser is out of the question for commuting on the streets.  This bike, the Raleigh Venture 4.0 is super comfortable and I knew as soon as I tried it out at Chubby's Cruisers that this was the bike for me.  I sit up straight but can get to work in about 15-18 minutes.

I was nervous my first few times out, but now after my 4th day of riding to and from work, I am more confident and today I stayed on the road the entire ride.  Plus it is getting darker later, so that helps on my ride home.  And the fact that Venice Boulevard has bike lanes helps for half of my trip.

I am a biker, and that makes me and my thighs very happy!

The grade:
Comfort: A+
Speed: B
Ease of Use: A
Look: A
Weight: B

Overall I give the Raleigh Venture 4.0 an A-


  1. Yay! I'm in the same boat as you - I just got a bike and I haven't been out since I was a kid. Nervous to try!

  2. You can do it girl! The first few days just go slow, it took me almost 30 minutes to get home the first two nights, now I'm clocking a steady 16 minutes. You will quickly get to the point of flipping off people in their cars who almost run you over!