Wednesday, April 14, 2010
BF seems to think everything that requires tools may just be too complicated for me to do. Most of the time, his thoughts work totally FOR me. So I'm cool with letting him think that. And really, I'd rather him do most stuff that requires tools anyway. I'm not into getting greasy, oily, dirty, poopy, etc. But, sometimes, just sometimes, fixing something myself really feels good. No, dare I say, GREAT!
He warned me that even he may struggle to switch out my bike seat. He wasn't even sure it could be done by him. But, I had a secret weapon. Bike God assured me I could do it myself. Oh yes--Bike God has faith in me! How could I not accomplish this goal? What with Bike God in my corner and all.
I approached the whole thing like a puzzle. I analyzed the way the current seat is on the post and I figured out exactly how to go about the task. I even plotted out where to place the nuts and bolts so I would not lose them or confuse them. After all this careful consideration, gathering the tools needed, and setting up my work space; it took a whopping 15 minutes to be up and riding. Woo Hoo!
Now ladies, shhhhh. (actually, any men reading this--you too, shhhh!) I don't want BF getting the impression that I am capable (or dare I say, more capable?) with tools than he. Ya see, I need him to believe that he is the Tool God, so I can get out of doing nasty, dirty things. Okay???! What is written here, stays here.
I took off for a ride. Sweet. Bike seat with proper "sits bones" measurement is a winner!
I should admit, however, that my hiney was still sore and towards the end on my 4 mile ride, my foot did start to get a little tingly. But I realized that I had not moved one iota since situating myself on the seat at the very beginning of the ride. I shifted a bit and my foot didn't get numb again.
*note to self: sitting in one position for too long may cause numbness in certain body parts; whether on a bike or just sitting in a chair!
I give the new seat 2 thumbs up!
Tuesday, April 13, 2010
If you are new to his blog today--read yesterday's blog.
Okay. Here we go.
Butt sizing for a new bike seat. I go to a large, voted best in Cincinnati, bike store. Why start small? I walk in. It's like an extra large garage with a store attached. There a guys working on bikes to my left and tons of bike to my right and straight ahead and even to the left. On the walls are bike do-dads. I'll get to those in a minute.
A guy greets me. And I say, "I have tons of questions." "First, I went biking yesterday with a new to me bike, and my rear went so numb that I couldn't feel my feet." (again, why start small. might as well get the hiney talk over with). He looks a weirded-out and says "That's bad". But he has no idea what do do about it. I realize that I am talking to a newbee. He must not have been working there long. I plunge into a speech about "my cousin, in Michigan, who told me all about this thing they made her sit on so they could tell her what is the best bike seat for her." He then says, "Yeah, we have a thing like that. Hey! So and so (I didn't get his name--we'll call him Bike God!) Can you do a sits bone measurement?"
Mortification! It's already embarrassing enough talking about this to newbee. But now newbee drags in Bike God, who, BTW is Georgous!!! Bike God says, "Newbee, you know how to do it." Newbee says, "Ah, no. Actually I don't. I've never done it." Bike God, who must be the manager, quickly saves the day and comes over and says, "I'll take care of you hun. Newbee, you come too. I'll show you how to do it."
Great. Two guys measuring my butt.
Interestingly. It's easy. And nowhere near as embarrassing as I thought. The "measuring" device is a half inch foam pad that is attached to a piece of cardboard with a ruler type guide on it. Bike God sets the pad on a bench and tell me to sit on it. (pad is flat, figure 8 shaped). I only have to sit for 10 to 15 seconds. The sits bones make an imprint on the memory foam and the measurement is the distance between center of the imprints. Then he asks what kind of bike (like forward bending while sitting or mostly sitting up). Bike God then dismisses Newbee. I found this amusing.
Bike God then shows me the Wall-O-Seats. And points out my number so I know which to get. Sweet! I got a seat for $29.99.
I also got to ask Bike God all sorts of stuff. Which is where we get to the do-dads. There is a TON of stuff specially made for bikers! He explains the gloves to me, the shorts, and the shoes. All of which have technology built right in to alleviate any discomforts you may be experiencing. I only purchase the bike seat, but am glad to be armed with all that info.
Thanks, Bike God! I'm sure I'll be back!
Monday, April 12, 2010
I went for a bike ride on my new-to-me- bike yesterday. I believe we only went about 8.5 miles; but it was plenty what with my butt and all...
I had this issue with my previous bike. After a while of riding, my foot/feet will go numb. The sciatic nerve (that passes through the hind-end) get pinched and then Wa-Bam! No feeling in the feet! I would even have this issue when I belonged to a gym and tried to use the stationary or recumbent bikes there.
I am hoping I can get this fixed by making some adjustments, or buying a new seat. I hear tell that some bike shops have some fancy schmancy way of "sizing your hiney" by having you sit on something that makes an imprint (like the doctor scholls feet machines, only for the rear). They can see where your "sits" bones rest and where you have the most pressure. My cousin in Western MI told me about her experience with this type of measuring. I'm not sure if any bike shops around here have such a thing. I will still seek some sort of consultation.
The ride itself had beautiful scenery. Good company (my BF and DD). And ended with a trip to the ice cream shop. Alright, I know, not the best after exercise event. But it was yummy!
Oh, I haven't even commented on the DRAMA that came before and after this bike ride! Oh MY!
My BF has all our bikes at his house. He tweaked them, moved seats, attempted to move handle bars, pumped up tires, checked the gears. in other words--he was FANTASTIC! This was all with 2 new-to-us bikes and his own bike. He then loaded everything up on his (as he calls it) cheep Chinese Wal Mart bike rack. Then he came to my house. He then had to remove the bike for my DD because it was really much too small (somehow, my Mother had gifted us a bike, that she actually used!- that was for a child about 4 years younger or 6 inches shorter than my DD). No wonder my Mom hated that bike! Anyway this meant using the bike BF's sister gifted us, that my DD hated 2 years ago, but now fits on. I had to fetch it from the basement (as I do not have a garage) and we needed to fill it with air.
We get everything settled and head out. To the gas station for more air. I'm telling you, boyfriend is thorough!
Then we head out to bike trail. He forgets where a good parking spot is next to/along side of the trail. We finally find a park to park in and all goes well except for my hiney! Oh, and the fact that I actually bumped into someone with my handle bars who was carrying a baby. Yep, that's right, I nearly knocked a baby out of someone's arms! I loudly said, "On your left" but she didn't move! And there was a kid head on the opposite direction. I braked, but forgot that I had to slip my foot out of the pedal strap and couldn't halt completely. I didn't hit her hard. All was okay. I just feel really bad.
Drama's NOT over. We get ice cream. We get dropped off at home. BF leaves with the bikes. Calls me shortly after leaving my house. Have I ever mentioned that there are SEVEN speed bumps on the road to my condo???? Apparently he hit the last speed bump and the bike rack collapsed. DD and I ran to where he was and got our bikes. Now they are sitting in my living room. (again, no garage. And basement is where I run my day care)
Ah, the joys of biking!
Friday, April 09, 2010
The weather is soooooo spring. Warm one day, freezing the next. I will be more active today simply to stay warm! I don't want to turn my heat back on.
The 7 year old boy I care for really can't stand being cooped up. He gets here at 7am and asks if he can go out and play right away. In an effort to not piss off my neighbors, I have instated the "not before 9am" rule. He is clock watching now. The thing is, no one else in this neighborhood is out this early. I feel bad that he has had to rise and shine like normal all this week, since it is Spring Break. Mom had to work everyday.
I am getting excited to try out my "new to me" bike this weekend. My boyfriend is the keeper of the bike, since he has a garage. He has been "decking" out his own bike with a bottle holder and new water bottle, but hasn't mentioned getting anything for mine or my daughters. What's that about? Oh, he did buy a long, chain-like, bike lock. So we can lock up the bikes if we so choose. Safety. I hope the bike works for me. Finger crossed. Pray for my hiney!
Thursday, April 08, 2010
I tracked breakfast and lunch. I wasn't really active yesterday. (chased kids around outside for a little while, but mostly sat and watched them play) Then I waaaaaaaay over ate last night. (had a bring a dish dinner with 2 friends last night, it was yummy!) Am not even going to track that. Yesterday is in the past. I have a whole new day to make better choices. QuickFire Challenge is jumping jacks. Today--I JUMP! Oh, I did drink PLENTY O WATER! Score one for me in that department!
One day at a time. One hour at a time. One choice at a time. Slow AND steady wins this race. Working on the steady...
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