I Want to Ride My Bicycle, I Want to Ride My Bike

After months of talk, I actually did ride my bike to the Metra station this morning. It didn’t take that long and I had enough time to go into the convenience store and buy a (sorely needed) bottle of water when I got there. It is definitely pathetic how hard a one mile bike ride hits me, but one assumes that if I do that every day it will get better. In pumping up tired over the weekend, I noticed that my old somewhat crappy bike is easily twice as difficult to pedal as my wife’s. Maybe I won’t oil it or anything, and leave the crappiness as an extra level of workout, like turning an excercise bike up to a higher level.

All in all, this is good. I get a little excercise, I save $1.50 on parking (which I spent on water) and there’s some gasoline that doesn’t get burned. Barring horribly inclement weather, I think I’ll do this every day from here on out.

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2 thoughts on “I Want to Ride My Bicycle, I Want to Ride My Bike”

  1. Chris C. says:

    As someone who spent 10 years orchestrating my current situation where I can at long last finally bike to work since it’s only 6.5 miles, I beg you: take your bike to a bike shop and let them service it. It will cost you no more than $50 (and probably less) for a full blown tune up, and you will be amazed how much new life it breathes into your old ride. Do it! I give this advice to people all the time when they bitch to me about how crappy their bike is, and they’re always happy with the results after taking it in for service. Leave the bike at the shop for a few days and tell them that there’s no rush.

  2. Dave says:

    It’s pretty overdue and I will get it tuned up. I think even more than the extra exertion, I’m sick of the loud squeaky noise. I rode it in today, but it is supposed to rain the next few days so maybe I’ll take it in tonight if I can.

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