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Chronicle: Car broke, riding bicycle.

Chacham (981) writes | more than 10 years ago

User Journal 6

The car has developed a problem. The back-left wheel is turned whether i want it to be or not, and it makes funny bumpy noises when i drive. There's also a metal thingy hanging down from around the wheel on the axle. Perhaps this has something to do with the accelration problems. Add to this that i have not been employed for a couple years, and i cannot really afford to fix the car, no matter what the problem is. So, i borrowed my brot

The car has developed a problem. The back-left wheel is turned whether i want it to be or not, and it makes funny bumpy noises when i drive. There's also a metal thingy hanging down from around the wheel on the axle. Perhaps this has something to do with the accelration problems. Add to this that i have not been employed for a couple years, and i cannot really afford to fix the car, no matter what the problem is. So, i borrowed my brother's bicycle, and found an old form of transportation.

Riding the bike is hard work. I'm out of shape, and even a few mnutes of riding make me sweat profusely and hasten my breath. That ought to get better with practice, and i'd love to start riding long distances. Though, i seem to peddle in spurts, which is problematic. And then ther the seat problem, it's downright painful, so i stand most of the time, or sit over to one side. Perhaps a gel seat is in order.

Bike helmets seem to be a "Good Thing"(tm) and it is also in style. Though, finding one that fits might take some work. I've looked in the past, and found very tight fits that were uncomfortable.

This ought to help me save on gas too, and then there's the dream of canceling the car insurance.

I'm just happy this happened in the summer.

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Bike hints. (1)

FroMan (111520) | more than 10 years ago | (#9690000)

Try to peddle constantly. Even when going downhill when there is no
resistance. If you let your legs stop for any extended period of time
they will get tired when its time to use them again, and it also lets
lactic (going from memory there) acid build up in the muscles.
Especially when you finish riding make sure you do a bit of a cool down
for the same reason.

Use the gears you were given. On hills, especially, drop into a lower
gear if it becomes more difficult to push the pedals. Standing will kill
you. Keep it to a minimum. Unless you need an extra boost of speed or
some more power, you will just drain yourself faster. There are more
comfortable seats for heavier-set folks.

Try to sit up where you are reasonabley comfortable to keep your lung
capacity large. Leaning over on the bike will kill your lung capacity
and make it more difficult to breath.

Keep switching hand grips as it will keep your wrists from being too
sore supporting your body. It will also help keep your back from
getting too sore. If you stay in a single position for any reasonable
length ride you'll feel it in the morning.

What's this about you being out of work for so long? Retired? Make
enough during the boom to take some time off? Economy bad in your area?

Re:Bike hints. (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#9690083)

Thanx for the comments, i appreciate them. I'll have to work with such ideas as i move along.

As for jobs. Yeah, not good. Rarely get bites on my resume, and when i do there's almost never any follow through. I've been making it with small jobs, but that has mostly dried up.

Re:Bike hints. (1)

VisorGuy (548245) | more than 10 years ago | (#9692308)

The Michigan Talent Bank should have a DBA opening once informed of the glaring security problems present in their database [slashdot.org] . ;-)

Re:Bike hints. (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#9692663)

So one would hope. :)

Exploring... (1)

Fulkkari (603331) | more than 10 years ago | (#9690262)

Biking is a good way to get in shape, I believe. I had a pause in biking for a couple of years until I got a new bike just this summer. Not only does biking good to your health, but if you explore a little, you'll find places in your own neighborhood that you didn't know existed. You don't need to go far to find some of those places and it gives you a much broader view about the place you are actually living in. That is what I've done, and I truly recommend you to try the same.

Re:Exploring... (1)

Chacham (981) | more than 10 years ago | (#9692745)

Good point.

I hope to get in shape, and if this keeps up, i ought to have some pleasant fun.
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