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Sep 21, 2020 10:09AM
Sep 21, 2020 11:02AM
Back from a weekend of playing winemaker's helper. So fun, and It was sunny and glorious east of the Cascades. We are past the smoke here, so expect to get back on my bicycle this coming weekend. My car is now fixed up nicely, so no more noise.
On bicycles: my advice is that you either go extremely cheap and get a garage sale one, or you go to a bicycle shop and get fitted. Expect to spend several hundred dollars. You also need a helmet, cycling shoes, a mirror, a bell, lights/reflectors, etc. Important to be visible. If you are cycling more than ten miles or so at a time, you also need PADDED cycling shorts. You can make do with the other, and this gives you a nice list of presents for people to get you. Make sure you get a bicycle pump! You will need it.
I remember when it took everything I had to go nine miles; now it's 60 or so miles that I find taxing. Though the most I have done this season is a bit over 40 miles. I need to do at least one 60 mile ride this season, hopefully in the next couple of weeks.
My advice on the bicycle itself is to go one step up from what you find easy to ride. Because once you gain strength and proficiency, you will find the easier model boring. I think you want to look at something with straight handlebars, 27-30 gears, wider tires but not fat ones, not a super wide seat. If you go the bike shop route, you can test ride several.
Electric bikes are all the rage, and what I have learned is that they make cycling more fun for a lot of people, though obviously not as good a workout. They are also pricey, though getting a lot less expensive.
I am expecting that NEXT YEAR will feature lots of great used bicycles. People who bought during COVID, only to discover that they didn't really like cycling. I could be wrong about this.
Anyway, happy cycling! I find that it's great fun and great exercise including working your upper body (so you don't tip over). It's also fun to do group rides once you get your game up a bit. They know the fun routes, so you don't have to learn them the hard way. I don't do them much at this point, but ten years ago, they helped me explore a new area.
Happy cycling! - Claire
Completed all treatment (AC +T, lumpectomy, radiation and 5 years of AIs - anastrazole). Now celebrating every single day for the wonderful life I have been granted.
8/2009, IDC, Left, 2cm, Stage IIB, Grade 3, 1/21 nodes, ER+/PR-, HER2- (FISH)