Gray Flannel Dwarf

5/28/2007

How to get fit (and frustrated) through cycling in ten easy steps.

Looking to start bike riding? Wanting to get in shape? Here’s a free guide I’ve put together, built solely on personal experience, to help you get the most out of your bike riding:

1. Start off in the spring hitting the trails and do a pretty terrific ride or two.

2. Realise your rear tire seems a bit low, but continue to try and pump it with your now seemingly-broken portable bike pump.

3. Keep riding for several days, feeling continually crappier and crappier and more exhausted each trip, wondering why you’re regressing.

4. Repeat steps 2-3 as needed.

5. Buy a new portable pump, and while you’re at it, decide to purchase a standalone pump to store in your garage.

6. Come home to find it’s a good thing you bought the standalone because your rear tire is now completely deflated.

7. Pump your rear tire, noting that the tire wall recommends 45-60 psi.

8. Decide to check your front tire using the gauge on the pump.

9. Find yourself aghast that it’s only around 30 psi — maybe — and pump it up within spec.

10. Hit the trails once again, this time being amazed at how much simpler your ride is, and how it is magnitudes easier than ever to make it up those hills upon which you were crawling before, all while feeling very stupid for not buying working pump(s) several weeks earlier.


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