It was shiny and blue and 10 speed and had a bag carrier on the back, and was exactly what I dreamed of.
I got it back from the bike shop today with two new tyres and tubes, new hand grips, a new back brake cable (sort of necessary, given the old one had snapped) and all greased and working well. Including a guarantee that the chain will not come off when I change between 5 & 6 gears as it used to when I was on my way to school.
It may not be as shiny. The chrome bits might have a tad of surface rust, and the seat might have a few tiny tears in the upholstery (and be much less comfortable than I remember), but hey, I can now proceed to get fit.
So I walked down to town, picked it up and rode it home.
And I did not die.
And the chance I expected to survive the trip home?