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Optimize your Exercise Equipment for the Task

 

Over the holidays I had some bike malfunctions. As some of you may know – mountain bikes or other higher geared bikes do better to shift mostly on the same side. That is so the chain stays mostly straight as possible. That is a lesson I did not get for a couple of years so my chains ended up breaking under a heavy load after a year.

So continuing this theme – I took the bike into the shop and ended up getting new gears and chain but my rear tire was also worn. I had the tire replaced and noticed it was a 2.25 width tire instead of 1.75. I tried it out and found it was good in the dirt. In this post I’ll evaluate the issues I found and how I circumvented them.

Ok riding on the road was hard – no continuous tread but the tire was spiky. I figured ok – I would get a better work out. Then riding on the dirt I noticed I could go way faster on my hard tail (no rear springs). At first I thought that was good, I mean better traction and I could make good time.

But then I noticed after the ride my left wrist was in a lot of pain and my back really hurt. I should explain, I broke my wrist over time hitting the bag. I let it heal and it seems to be ok. I don’t seek medical attention right away. For instance when I broke my nose – I went into the bathroom and “set it” fairly straight and I think it looks good!

Anyway so long as I do not put too much continuous pressure on my wrist – it never hurts. So I just make allowances. My back is growing older as I am and I think without the rear shocks (I have an inexpensive mountain bike), my back cannot take riding too fast on bumpy trails.

So you are wondering the fix? I took the bike back to the shop and had a 1.75 tire with a continuous tread at the spine and now the bike works good for the street and I cannot ride too fast on the trails. And nothing hurts so long as I don’t over do it.

The bike and I are good now for another 100,000 miles. :)

 

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2 comments to Optimize your Exercise Equipment for the Task

  • It’s amazing that our bodies can even mostly recover from the amount of punishment we put them through, John! They’ve been good friends over the years! I sometimes wish we could just swap out parts like the bike.

    I know they make forearm rests for riding bikes. I don’t think they would work off-road, but I know they work on-road. Prevents carpel tunnel problems too.

  • John W. Zimmer

    He he… dr. J! I generally tend to mix up my workouts if I go too heavy on a ride – I even switch up bikes recently after having bought a 32″ bike from walmart after my other bike was in the shop.

    Yep the bikes are good companions. :)

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