Weeelll when you go to my spark page pictures, you can't really see the bike my roomie found at his work 7 years ago, and left with us when he moved back to Texas. I get endless comments on it. I am happy with my padded seat cover, but gave bike shorts a try when I stumbled across them on sale at Norstrom's rack. (They had a breaking in period. bleh) I preferred my sweat wicking capris (Marshalls) for a long time.
okay so in one picture you can see my BIG BALLOON TIRES. Endless comments about them, I eventually replaced them (last week) and the bike shop guys warned me I was trading speed for comfort in potholes. So True!
Still getting comments about the monster 44lb bike (It may just be 40 and the lock is #4!) but now that the tires are the conversation piece, I got encouragement to get toe clips this weekend. (Yeah $100 just for the shoes, then you have to get clips and peddles.... and they all warn it takes serious practice and you need to expect to fall over once.)
oh, and in the pictures, those jerseys are marketing give-aways from the company they promote. Otherwise I wear my husband's ones that are too small.
This weekend I thought about making a jersey that says "my bike burns more calories than yours!" for all the hassle I catch.
I rode that bike about 80 miles this weekend.
now, I do need to caution you on one little thing. I was in the middle of my Thursday training ride (35 miles) and pi-TiswinK! something metallic went flying. Stop... go back... and in the rear cassette my 2nd highest (small=faster) gear had snapped in half. (The bike shop reported more were getting ready to go.) Yes, I was able to complete the ride, but yeah, you might want to set aside a $1 for every mile you ride. It was $40 for the part, plus labor. Yes, I am putting a lot of miles on my heavy beater bike, but I replaced my front crank system in the fall, so now that I have an entire new power train I should be good to go, right?
hmm yeah, I need to consider a new bike fund, and face that reality.
Anyhow, if I can ride my bike 66 miles in a windstorm, or 76/80 miles in Napa... yeah, folks - don't let your bike be your excuse!
- cycled 101 miles! (11/2010)
-completed "Couch to 5k" training program 5/4/2010
- 5/8/2010: Willow Glen 5k/ (3 miles): 34:13! Average pace was 11:20!!!
- 5/2/2010: Na
| Pounds lost: 23.4