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What an invention!
Hello everyone, my name is Giuseppe but for everyone I am "Pino", I live in Rome with my wife and my son, I like all sports, especially those with rackets, but also cycling. I discovered Halfbike three years ago: I found an email I had sent to my wife in August 2017 with this sentence: "Interesting object ...". I liked the idea, the vehicle and the fact that it was enterprising young people who invented and marketed it. Really good job. Well, this year in June I went back to the idea and I thought: it's time to buy it! When my halfbike3 arrived I was excited as a child and mounting it was a real pleasure: tightening those bolts thinking that you will be the one to ride it is a great incentive to be very careful in assembling. During the first ride I thought about the "learning curve" (https://halfbikes.com/it/learning) and I didn't worry too much... after a few minutes I was able to go straight even though I was very stiff and I tightened the handlebars up to have aching arms. Then in each ride after it got better and better and even today it is still like this. It is a real pleasure to let yourself go and run with Alba on the routes I choose from time to time. I called it Alba (“Dawn” in English) because it sounds like a contraction of "halfbike", it is a female proper name in Italy and recalls a beautiful moment: the birth of the day. Learning to do something new is a great experience and the halfbike gives you this opportunity. In addition to the fun, this extraordinary vehicle allows you to train your balance and your reflexes, it makes you struggle by engaging the whole body and keeping the brain awake ... does it seem a small thing? Actually I must say that Rome is not exactly the ideal place for cycling or with a half of this... the city center is made up of the famous "seven hills" and many of its streets have "sampietrini" (the "sampietrino" or "sanpietrino” is a block of stone - volcanic rock - used for the construction of the road paving commonly used in the historic center of Rome and in St. Peter's Square to pave streets or squares). Those that do not have “sampietrini” are full of holes and without shock absorbers it becomes dangerous... but there are also many enchanting and unique places in the world where you can pedal "in the middle of history" and for some time the municipality has been reserving the streets space for cycle paths: we hope this trend continues. In any case, it is easy to always carry your halfbike with you, fold it and put it in the car, or take it on the bus and on the subway, in short, if you wanted to, you could never part with it. My dedicated Instagram account is @halfbike_mezzabici (literal translation in Italian). Come and visit me and I recommend “ride outside the box” !!
1 week ago
My new pet
I couldn't get a pet dog since my wife isn't fond of any so she and our two daughters got me a Halfbike as a Father’s Day gift last June. While waiting for the arrival of my ‘pet’, I told this boy (inside a middle-aged man) who really really badly needs his pet/toy not to get too excited. Getting my Halfbike was in a way the start of a new adventure. I had made an earlier decision in February this year to follow a healthier lifestyle with better diet and more exercise. I decided to stop consumption of red meats. I’m not a gym rat but got myself instead into regular walking and running first and, later on, started jumping rope regularly. To those, my halfbike which I now call ‘Bart’ (beautiful accessory for recreational transport) brought an additional flavor of challenge and adventure. The typical learning curve described in the package was spot on. In the first 10 minutes of learning how to ride Bart, my mind and body were so stoked making new connections in my brain that were never there before. When I pause to rest, I look at Bart and just smile at its aesthetics. And it proved to be a head turner. Everywhere I went riding it, even with social distancing, people couldn’t help shouting out to ask what the thing is. Since getting it, I’ve taken Bart to many locations in the Los Angeles and Orange County areas of Southern California. Last week, I did ten miles in Long Beach and another 10 miles in Huntington Beach on two separate days. Today, as of this writing, I just took Bart to a marine nature reserve in Newport Beach to watch the birds wake up to a golden sunrise. Each time we go out, my heart and body get stronger, my mind gets a needed rest and reset from work pressures, and I’m able to attain a level of life balance and well-being that make me feel two decades younger! Obviously, I’ve fallen in love with this ‘pet’. It’s become a quiet but hardworking companion. Bart cannot fetch sticks, nor kiss or snuggle with me but, hey, who wants to be covered in drool, anyway?? Before Bart, I would joke with my wife that I’m really just a boy in front of her just wanting to have a dog. Well, he got one that’s so much better!
1 month ago
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