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Bike!!! [Apr. 17th, 2007|07:50 pm]
Zoethe
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At last, a nice day! At last, some time!

At last, my first bike ride of the season!

Being completely out of bike shape, I told myself I'd just go for a five-mile spin - nothing really challenging.

Being an idiot, as soon as my butt hit the seat I was transformed into a 12-year-old, but one who lacked the parental restraints of staying in the neighborhood. Off I took for the park!

I have to admit that I still have not completely recovered from the sense of skittishness with which getting tagged filled me. I am nervous of riding on the street, and it never helps when people honk and yell. But I stuck to my guns and kept my portion of the road - nevertheless feeling relief once I dropped into the park.

Even as I got into the park (five miles into the ride because I like making it a loop), I was already noting fatigue in my unaccustomed limbs (and nether region). But riding in the park is always a pleasure. Still, I decided that discretion was the better part of a successful riding season, so determined to climb back out of the valley at one of the earlier exit points (Story Road), making it a 14 mile ride rather than a 20 mile one.

Alas, this was when disaster inconvenience struck, for as I downshifted on the steep climb out of the park the chain jumped off the gears and jammed completely between the gear assembly and the frame of the bike. I was on too steep an incline to effect repairs, so had to push the bike all the way up a very long hill, then pry the chain loose before i could ride home.

Which would not be too bad, except that in prying said chain, I managed to smack the knuckle on my right middle finger just right and bruise the daylights out of the thing. I didn't notice at the time, but upon taking a hot bath (for the rest of my sore self), I found myself wondering just when I had developed acute arthritis in that joint - it hurts like a bitch. I'm applying ice, but I fear it's a bit late. Definitely gonna leave a mark.

But still. Bike!!! Yay!!!!
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[User Picture]From: areawoman
2007-04-18 12:36 am (UTC)
Yowch! I've done something similar on a bike chain before and it hurt like hell! Not to mention the grease.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 02:13 am (UTC)
Yeah, I'm still cleaning up the grease.

Still - bike!
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[User Picture]From: areawoman
2007-04-18 02:16 am (UTC)
Indeed. I only wish that baby Jack liked the bike trailer more -- I would have gone for a ride myself today.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 02:20 am (UTC)
Oh, too bad he doesn't. My kids were fine in it - of course, we loaded them up with toys and books, so they weren't bored. (Ours had a snap-down screen that kept everything corralled so we weren't leaving a trail of detritus behind!)
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[User Picture]From: areawoman
2007-04-18 02:26 am (UTC)
Did they wear a helmet? That's what he really hates, because he can't hold his head the way he wants with it on(he *wants* to wear the helmet around the house), and a friend of mine and my brother-in-law, who gave us the trailer, both said he shouldn't have to wear it. But not having him wear the helmet worries me a bit...
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 02:59 am (UTC)
No, but the trailer we had was equipped with a roll cage and 5-point harnesses, so we felt pretty comfortable that they were in a minimal amount of danger. Yes, a helmet is probably better, but there is a limit....
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[User Picture]From: areawoman
2007-04-18 03:04 am (UTC)
Ya, our trailer has the roll cage and a 5 pt. harness too. I've yet to speak to anyone who actually has their kids wear the helmet in the trailer, so I suppose I'm being over-cautious.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 03:15 am (UTC)
If you are trekking at 20+ mph along highways, yeah I'd wear helmets. If you are biking at 12-15 mph, I'd honestly let it go.
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[User Picture]From: dreagoddess
2007-04-18 12:54 am (UTC)
Good grief, can you make it one month completely intact? *hugs* Glad you had fun, but take care of yourself better!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 02:14 am (UTC)
[pout]

I am trying to imagine myself as unclumsy. Power of positive thinking and all that.

So far, not so much....
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[User Picture]From: lacey
2007-04-18 12:59 am (UTC)
I'm glad to see that you're getting back on the bike again :) Also, I can understand your still being nervous after having gotten swiped a bit, but I think that isn't a 100% bad thing, because it'll keep you more aware.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 02:15 am (UTC)
Mostly it makes me feel more wobbly.

:-/
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[User Picture]From: lacey
2007-04-18 02:34 am (UTC)
I can see where that would be. Not a fun feeling. However, i'm glad that you got back on. Not everyone does, and for that very reason.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 03:00 am (UTC)
I am determined not to let it sway me. I love biking.
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[User Picture]From: lacey
2007-04-18 03:07 am (UTC)
Good.
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[User Picture]From: preitas
2007-04-18 02:35 am (UTC)
I love riding bikes! I have to buy a new one, an adult one. My husband & sold our beach cruisers when we moved out here because having only 1 gear is only good for..beach cruising :P Hills are a complete disaster!

Here's hoping the weekend is as beautiful so you get some more bike time!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 03:03 am (UTC)
It's looking promising. Alas, we will be all weekend indoors, for PenguiCon!

If you are seriously looking for bikes, I heartily recommend Century Cycles, which is right here in Rocky River. I got my bike from them last year, and they have been terrific about small adjustments and just plain helpfulness. They are great.

Hey, if you get bikes, we can ride!!!
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[User Picture]From: preitas
2007-04-18 11:37 am (UTC)
I will deffinately have to check them out! :D Thanks for the advice. After I dislocated both my knees it's hard to do machine cardio so biking is the only cardio I can really do.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 12:16 pm (UTC)
Ouch! You definitely need to stay healthy!

In the winter or when I'm not riding I use a NordicTrack ski machine that I've had for at least 15 years - of course for a number of those years it sat unused, but still it has held up fabulously. It's very low impact so not hard on knees.

I really can't say enough good stuff about Century Cycle. They even have decent sales. Yeah, you're going to pay more buying from a local shop, but you also get a lot more support and generally a better bike.
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[User Picture]From: preitas
2007-04-19 01:10 am (UTC)
machines make my toes go numb for some reason. I think because they assume you walk like the rest of the normal people out there & since my accidents I don't. But biking is easy for me. I will have to check them out! :D

What park do you ride in? I'm so close to the westlake rec center that I NEED a bike because I want to explore :D
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-19 02:46 am (UTC)
I ride in the Rocky River Reservation because of its proximity, but really want to get out more this year.

Of course, I'm stiff and sore today!
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[User Picture]From: ba1126
2007-04-18 10:54 am (UTC)
I haven't ridden a bike in some time, but I am totally jealous of your good weather! We have had rain, rain, rain, wind, rain and cold . Blech!
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 12:12 pm (UTC)
We've had it, too - plus snow in the mix - until yesterday. It's such a relief to at last see the sun!
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[User Picture]From: naath
2007-04-18 12:30 pm (UTC)
Mmmm bicycle. Finger eating bicycle==less good; iirc you probably need to adjust the derailleur to stop the chain from doing that (the wretched tandem keeps dropping its chain in just that manner).

I've avoided first ride of the summer pain by riding all winter... but I suspect we have it warmer here.
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[User Picture]From: zoethe
2007-04-18 01:16 pm (UTC)
I am an appalling wimp when it comes to cold, wet weather, so gave up biking much too early in the fall and left it go rather late in the spring.

This is the first time I've dropped the chain, and I will stop by the bike shop and have it adjusted. I really do need to learn to do such things myself, just haven't had time....
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[User Picture]From: scyllacat
2007-04-18 05:26 pm (UTC)
BIKE! YAY! I actually currently have 2 (count 'em: 1, 2.) bicycles in mothballs that I should already have gotten out and greased up for the season.

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