Today was positive beautiful, sunny and warm, but not too warm, and I decided to make today the day to take the plunge and get myself a road bike. Don’t get me wrong–Rhoda is wonderful. She is big and heavy and a clunker for these pitted New Orleans roads. And even more, she’s fashionable, what with her pink frame covered with stickers and her Christmas lights and handy basket on the front. But riding her as much as I do has made me want to ride more, faster, farther. And for that I need something else: a road bike. I decided to go with a steel touring bike that I have a feeling will last me a really, really long time. I felt anxious heading in to the bike shop, especially because I still feel like such a newcomer to this whole bike riding thing. But I know what I want, and it is to take this blog on the road. I snapped this picture of Bicycle Michael’s as I left. I love this shop. It is on Frenchman Street with the music clubs and cafes and bookstores and tattoo parlors. You’d never know walking by how much bike knowledge was stocked in that place. But the people are mad friendly. And three of them ride the bike I’ll be getting by next weekend. I have a feeling I’ll be spending a lot of time in this shop. Sweet!