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The New Bike II [Nov. 6th, 2012|05:28 pm]
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Haven't posted about NewBike here in a month plus, so here's the latest news on the bike and the fitness program.   NewBike went in for a checkup and came out with a clean bill of health.  I'm still very, very happy with it.  I'm seeing definite gains in fitness (that really showed up during the NYC trip) though I'm not where I want to be yet.

NewBike has proven itself good on trails and on the street both, just as I'd hoped.   I've been able to extend the distance I can ride on the trails on the land (and thus vary the trails) though I still have to stop every few hundred yards (esp. uphill) to catch my breath.  But it doesn't take as long as it did, and I'm able to creep the distance up without exceeding the heart-rate I don't want to exceed (or even reach, most of the time.)   I now regularly go out with a tool or two in the back (lopping shears, pruning saw,  sack of birdseed) and make use of them for our wildlife management project. 

As for street riding, I made it to the Post Office for the first time right before the NYC trip; I put an old briefcase in the back basket to carry the mail back.   That was probably less than a half mile round trip..  Yesterday I made it (combining riding on back streets with walking the bike across the highway and downtown, as it's not at all safe to ride there) to the bank (a little over a half mile) and back by another route to the Post Office, then back to our house.  Two crossings of the highway, one of Main Street (all walked, and one block of Main walked)  and the rest riding.  Somewhat more than a mile total.  That, plus the morning's "land" ride (a circuit of about a half mile) went well.  Today I made the same circuit on the land, and a mile (down the street to Main and back) on pavement.   I was able to go the half mile up slope from Main without stopping.  

Except for concerns about traffic (and I pick the times of day when traffic is minimal)  riding on the street is a lot easier--but riding on the land is more exciting.   Will I make that turn?   Can I steer accurately in the bumpiest parts?  Did I prune that tree up enough, or will it slap me in the face?   (That happened once, I missed a turn in the trail and rode right into the cactus-y area.  But managed to stop before running over or into any cactus.  The tree is now pruned up higher. 

So...progress.  No pictures yet of the expanded range, or street riding, but maybe in another month.


[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-11-07 08:34 am (UTC)
Lovely. :]
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-11-07 05:47 pm (UTC)
Thanks. This morning I did a mile on the street, but not without stopping once to walk the bike a half block and get the kinks out of my thigh muscles--then got back on and rode all the way home, making the turn into our street & driveway. Since riding on the street is actually easier (though the loop is longer) I'm considering a second street ride, this time with the HR monitor on, so I can tell how strenuous the long up-slope part is. But that'd be a bump to 2 miles (unless I turned around partway down the street.)

OTOH, lovely day and the land is (will be) calling, after lunch.
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[User Picture]From: gifted
2012-11-08 12:30 pm (UTC)
It feels so good to have that kind of workout, at your own pace, especially in a natural surrounding. I can't wait to move onto my own property in the near future, and all the experiences it brings.
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[User Picture]From: earthmother45
2012-11-08 08:34 pm (UTC)
I loved reading about your NewBike and the experiences you've been having. I got a Townie last summer and it has changed my life for the better. I hadn't ridden in 25 years (walked a lot), but it all came back to me fairly quickly. I looked at some of your earlier posts about your NewBike, and you are sure riding on some rough terrain -- a very difficult feat, I know, so I say Bravo to you!
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-11-08 09:29 pm (UTC)
Thanks. The terrain really isn't considered rough--compared to the mountain bike videos I've seen (steeper, lots of rocks, etc.) but my backside feels it as rough. Today I rode two short stretches of the creek woods trail--I was pruning the trail and trying it out. I'm not yet confident with tight turns, so I'd ride to the start of a turn group, and then walk the bike to the next merely-winding bit. We need to cut two limbs off a cedar tree to make it safe to go from the field into the woods and over to the dry creek. Can't ride across the dry creek (we put in rip-rap and it's all big chunks of rough, hard-edged rocks there) although eventually I'll be able to ride across the other end of it, where the tractor can cross.
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[User Picture]From: kk1raven
2012-11-09 01:37 am (UTC)
I'm glad that NewBike is working out well for you. I gave up on bike riding around home after moving here because I don't feel safe riding on city streets and because going much of anywhere from here requires going up a steep hill either coming or going and I quickly found I didn't care to do that.
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[User Picture]From: e_moon60
2012-11-09 04:11 am (UTC)
Although I have a friend who rides on city streets every day--in heavy traffic--I too do not feel safe in that situation. Luckily I live in a small town, and the streets I ride on (at a time of day when traffic is least) are almost reliably empty. Also, I have the land to ride on (it's much harder riding) and none of the hills are really steep.
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[User Picture]From: filkferengi
2012-11-15 03:44 pm (UTC)
I'm very glad you're building up so carefully & gradually. My over-enthusiastic spouse took a 4-hour bike tour of Chicago during WorldCon & rued it for well over a month thereafter.
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