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It's like,.... well, like riding a bicycle;) - Blather. Rants. Repeat.
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It's like,.... well, like riding a bicycle;)
We picked up the rest of our cycling stuff today. When I found out Eleanor's was ready Wednesday night, I brought our old rack to pick up both hers and mine. They made major frowny faces about putting such new things on something so old, so we settled for putting hers (with a quick-detach front wheel) into my trunk.  Today, after pricing out a suitable new rack, we picked it up, along with my new one and new helmets for both of us.

Here's mine:

Electra's the brand of both. They call this one a Cruiser- 7 speeds on the motorcycle-style gear selector:

I just gave it the proverbial ride around the block, and it's very easy to shift, even though I've never had one of this type before.  Eleanor's is called a "Townie"-

- with two major differences. One, the pedal placement makes it easier for her feet to reach the ground while stopped; and two, there's a second gear-dial control on the left handlebar that gives her 21 gear options, important with her arthritis issues.

Finally, w0t mine came home on. The brand is Saris- I thought there was a Trek connection to that, but it's actually Galaxy Quest with an extra R in the middle- and the gizmo has room for both and is virtually idiot-proof with its straps all labeled-

It's been years since either of us has been outside on a bike- even more years for me.  And as the header says, it comes back quickly.  I will need to learn more about gear efficiency and may start recumbent-biking at the gym more just to get my buttocks back into game shape, but the nice option is that my office is less than two miles from home- a slight incline on the way there, but a corresponding coast at the end of the day.

Now I just have to get this stupid Queen song out of my head;)
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weebleswobble From: weebleswobble Date: July 31st, 2016 02:21 am (UTC) (Link)
my mother is a HUGE queen fan and that is the only song of theirs that she hates.

the new bikes look nifty! i see you got a chain guard, but eleanor didnt?

finding a good comfy bike seat really goes a long way towards encouraging more riding. i've heard men do better with a different style bike seat than women. if it hurts your ass every time you ride, you dont ride.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: July 31st, 2016 01:29 pm (UTC) (Link)
I honestly didn't even notice the chain guard thing. But that's how I am when shopping; my laptops for over a decade have all had the extended keypad with the calculator-style numbers on the right, but I've almost bought the last two without remembering to check for that.
oxymoron67 From: oxymoron67 Date: July 31st, 2016 04:48 am (UTC) (Link)

I never learned how to ride a bike. I'm clumsy enough on my own two feet. Adding wheels is a recipe for disaster.
captainsblog From: captainsblog Date: July 31st, 2016 01:30 pm (UTC) (Link)
I was partly laid up for three months last year after falling off a treadmill.

Before even turning it on.

One of the trainers likes to say "You can't fall off the floor." She don't know me very well, do she?

But this? So fa so good.
greenquotebook From: greenquotebook Date: August 1st, 2016 01:29 am (UTC) (Link)
I really ought to pull my bike out of the garage, have it serviced, and start riding again. I'm scared of the drivers around here though - no bike lanes, no shoulder in most places, and zero respect for cyclists.
liddle_oldman From: liddle_oldman Date: August 1st, 2016 10:59 pm (UTC) (Link)
Happy biking!

Though I do wonder whatever happened to mudguards.
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