Old habits die hard: A continuing saga

A quick peek at the Elena Gallegos Open Space,
where I have not been riding.

Bit by bit I’m returning components of exercise to the daily regimen.

I began with walking, the most basic form of locomotion for a biped. Unless you count crawling. This we have all done, at first while diapered, and perhaps later while suffering the side effects of our reality-management system of choice.

Next came cycling, sans hills. Then the jogging. And finally, the cautious lifting of very light weights.

Yesterday I threw caution to the winds and climbed some of the lesser hills in the ’hood, aboard the Soma Saga (canti edition), which has a low end of 20 gear inches. And yes, I used every inch, while dispatching scouts along the spinal column and down the legs to check for sleeper agents in the hamstrings.

Luna. See?

The stretching? Kinda, sorta. The yoga? Mmm, not so much. But as regular readers know, I will never be smart.

My only half-smart moves to date have been (a) to ease back into daily exercise after an extended back spasm, and (2) to avoid the off-road cycling.

When you ride singletrack using rigid steel, drop bars, rim brakes, narrow tires, and equally narrow gearing, you need to use a lot of English (or, in my case, Irish) when negotiating obstacles. If the lower back will not do The Twist you are slam-dancing with yourself in a minefield.

So, yeah. Road bikes. Broad gearing. 38mm tires at 60/65 psi. My running can be identified as “running” only because it seems slightly faster than walking. And my weightlifting? Arnold probably uses a heavier toothbrush.

Meanwhile, speaking of heavy lifting, BRAIN contributor Rick Vosper wonders whether the Bug-boosted, bike-buying bubble is ’bout to burst.

He quotes Jay Townley of Human Powered Solutions as predicting that retailers — suddenly finding themselves overstocked after The Great Product Drought while consumer interest returns to something approximating normalcy — could soon be slashing prices and running sales to attract buyers and reduce inventory, with the financial burden falling “particularly hard on bike shops and small to midsize retailers.”

Rick adds that this does not apply to e-bikes, the industry’s latest shiny object for the wandering eye. Shocking, I know.

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15 Responses to “Old habits die hard: A continuing saga”

  1. Si Little Says:

    Anent e-bikes, recent fire in NYC thought to be caused by … e-bike lithium batteries. Kind of like the poor schmuck whose house burned down from the Tesla

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Not the most recent fire, the one that killed so many people in the Bronx, right? That was said to be a malfunctioning space heater, another technological achievement about which I have my doubts.

  2. Si Little Says:

    No, this one – https://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/ny-bronx-fire-started-by-ebike-battery-20220108-q4bzegvl7baijcm2n5xgfsl37u-story.html. Cheers, good man

  3. Pat O’Brien Says:

    There is essentially no recycling of lithium batteries. Producing a ton of lithium takes 500,000 gallons of water. Most lithium is produced in China where fresh water is getting as precious as in the American Southwest. Seems this quick switch to electric vehicles is another silver bullet for climate change that doesn’t pass closer environmental inspection. And like plastic, cheaper always wins over pollution.

    https://cen.acs.org/materials/energy-storage/time-serious-recycling-lithium/97/i28

  4. khal spencer Says:

    Rigid bikes for singletrack got old for me about 17 years ago, when I herniated a disk in my lower back. Went to double boingers and never looked back. I don’t do the super crazy stuff mind you. Just prefer getting home without more pain than when I left.

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