In early May (the weekend of Mother’s Day, in fact), I made a massive purchase that I never wrote about. I was nervous to write about it here because I’ve exposed my financial situation numerous times over the past few years and have invited judgement in doing so. And while I know the individuals who were most hurtful no longer read my blog, I’m still hesitant to put myself out there when it comes to money matters.
So I didn’t write about it, even though I wanted to share it. And now three months have passed and I have yet to mention it. But that changes today, because I’m sick of purposefully hiding something out of fear of being judged. It’s silly and I’m over it and now I’m writing this post.
Three months ago, I got an e-assist cargo bike, specifically a Yuba Spicy Curry. It’s a really nice, REALLY expensive bike that I had been considering for a long while. As you may remember I put seats on the front and back of my hybrid bike last summer, trying to determine if I’d ride with the kids enough to make getting a cargo bike worth it. With that set up, it was really hard to handle the weight of all of us so high, and without a electric assist there were a lot of hills we couldn’t climb, and areas it was hard, if not impossible) to get to. In the end I didn’t use the bike that much, because I never felt secure or comfortable on it.
Last fall I agonized over whether or not to get a cargo bike for 3-4 months before I finally decided I wasn’t going to pursue it. I just didn’t need a bike that cost so much.
I stuck with that conclusion for 3-4 more months, barely thinking about the bike again. Then, I started considering the possibility once more. I’m not sure what prompted the change of heart, but when I considered it again, the agony of the decision was gone. Confident that I could trust my judgement about the bike, I started constructing arguments for and against getting one. I researched. I thought about where we would keep it in our home (a big hurdle with such a massive bike). Eventually I decided that it was worth the investment. I talked with my husband and we agreed that I would spend a small portion of our tax return to pay part of the cost, then finance the rest at 0% APR for a year with a monthly payment much like the one I used to put toward my student loans. In less than nine months it will be paid off.
We’ve had the bike for three months now, and I can safely say that I love it. It’s such a great way to get around the city; I’m so much happier on the bike than I am in a car. (Yes, I know there are risks involved with riding in the city, but I don’t want the fear of what might happen to keep me from doing something that I really love.) Driving a car in San Francisco is an incredibly frustrating endeavor and parking can be damn near impossible. It drives me absolutely crazy. And the bus system is time consuming at best, unreliable at worst. Having an electric assist cargo bike provides me with an ease and freedom to traverse the city that in the past in could only dream of. Now it’s my reality.
The kids really like it too, especially with their new Spiderman and Cat helmets. The vast majority of camp/daycare drop off and pick-ups have been on the bike this summer and we’re all big fans. We take it to the park, the store, pretty much everywhere. There have been weeks when I didn’t take my car out of the garage! Talk about a dream come true!
So now I’m the proud owner of an e-assist cargo bike. It’s definitely the most luxurious purchase I’ve ever made, and I don’t regret it one bit.