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I am being mocked

Sunday, May 26, 2013

By an inanimate object no less.

My bike. Or rather my daughter's bike. It laughs at me, it taunts me.

Twice this week I have gone for a bike ride, approximately 3.5 miles each time. Both times my time was barely faster than my running speed.

Now, in my defense, I have 2 major strikes against me before I even get on the bike. I live amongst hills. And did I mention the hills?

The first time I took my daughter's "regular" bike, her 10 speed. Unfortunately the seat is just enough too low to make pedaling comfortable and she has not taken very good care of it over the years. The gears are stiff and don't want to shift.

And there are hills, which must be gone up. One is named the Never Ending Hill of Death. The second is Kill Me Now, which has to climb the same distance as the NEHD but in half the distance. Plus the hill I live most of the way up.

Granted, going from not riding a bike in forever to expecting to tackle Kill Me Now is not realistic. But the flat stretches kicked my butt too. That, I am convinced was due to the bike issues.

My second ride was on my daughter's Trek bike, which I got her back in 2011 for her triathlon, when she swore she wanted to do more races. At least she did use it regularly and took better care of it.

Riding it was much, much better than the 10 speed. Except for the seat 30 seconds in to the ride :

It wobbled and then pointed down so if I tried to actually sit on it I would slide right off onto the ground.

But I am (stupidly) stubborn and continued my planned route. So much fun. Stupid hills.

At least they are back roads and there was no traffic at all so no one to laugh. Just the bike, every time I have to get off and walk on those damn hills because my speed drops to the point where I'll fall over otherwise.

Back at home I looked underneath the seat. I can see the problem, but not how to fix it. There are 2 metal pieces, brackets for want of the proper word, that hold the seat in place. But they don't do a good job because enough weight or pressure on the seat and the bolt loosens, the brackets slide back and allow the seat to wobble again :

I don't know if you can see enough detail in the picture but this is the view when I have the brackets tightened so the seat is in a normal position. As soon as I start to ride it all slips to look like this :

Any cyclist who can tell me how to fix this myself, your comments are most appreciated. I'd like to be able to fix this myself and not have to take it in to a bike shop. It's bad enough that the bike laughs at me.

Bike...enjoy yourself while you can because when I come back from vacation next month I am so going to whip your tires!

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    You're so funny---wish I could tell you how to fix it. I got on mine for the first time in about 20 years. Thought I was going to break my neck by falling head first on it. But like you, I'm determined. Thought they said you never forget how to ride a bike!!!
    1728 days ago
    perhaps the bolt is stripped?
    1728 days ago
    My bike doesn't love me anymore, either. Makes my neck hurt and gives me migraines. HAve fun without it -- for a while! HAVE A GREAT HOLIDAY --
    1729 days ago
    1729 days ago
    Saluting your Memorial Day background..... emoticon
    1729 days ago
    Hmmm, I really can't tell from the photo.

    I have a Trek also and went to look at it. That seat has a ratchet mechanism to prevent just what you're talking about. Once tightened, it doesn't slip.

    Can you slide the seat back some? That might help being balanced over the seat post
    1729 days ago
  • FROSTY99
    I have no doubt that the bike has met it's match. You will be the victor!!!
    1729 days ago
  • LYNCHD05
    I want DH to I flare my tires so I can ride my bike. Hmmmmm, he is taking way to long to do handle this request. Loved your story and could see myself doing the same thing walking up those hills.
    1729 days ago
    The flatness of Michigan has probably never sounded so wonderful to you! emoticon Your bike will probably never know what hit it when you get done with it. You can do it!
    1729 days ago
    Sorry, don't know how to fix the seat. But I was just thinking how good the ride up hills is going to be to tighten up the back end. With Your stubborness, You'll end up with a firm little toosh! Hope You can fix the seat. Just a thought- look up how to fix or adjust bike seats online and see if you can find your answer.
    1729 days ago
    Lol! I am getting ready to try biking...but I live in Alberta...prairie...fairly flat! You will beat the bike and the hills!
    1729 days ago
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