Today, I said goodbye to my bicycle which I had been using to get around since I came back to my hometown five years ago. It has been more than fifty years since my father bought it for me when I became a junior high school student. It was in the storage room for a long period of time and I showed it to the owner of a bicycle shop near my house. He said that it was an excellent bicycle and works very well still now so I had him replace the tires and fix brakes. Indeed it helped me a lot when I went to the grocery store in Hikone, when I went to the library, or when I dashed to the convenience store at night. It became rusty, the basket kept distorting since I fell while on the bicycle in junior high and the light was weak and sometimes didn’t work. However, the body was still very strong and both the bicycle shop owner and Mr. Sawa, a cyclist, were saying that it is a valuable bicycle which we do not have nowadays. In my real life, I have to go up the slope one or two times when I go to grocery stores in Hikone, I also have to go uphill to the library and it takes so much energy for me who is carrying a heavy backpack with groceries or books. The other day, when I had a chance to ride on an electric assisted bicycle, I was amazed at the ease of it. Since that time, I was unhappy about riding my old bike when I went up the slope which made me nearly stop near the top because of my weak muscles. I thought that it was time for me to change my bike to an electric assisted one so I went to Hikone to buy a new one with my friend who helped me to carry the old and new bikes by her car. Now a shining new electric bike is in my house in the place where the old one was in before. In fact my feeling is sad to lose my old familiar bike rather than pleasant to get a new one. I might be twisted and abnormal because I definitely think that the old bike is nicer looking than the new one. Anyhow, I will enjoy my new assistant from tomorrow.