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Saturday, August 18, 2012
I really went and did it. In a recent post I mentioned that I was looking for a bike that would stand up to my size and weight. There were some bike choices if I wanted to spend over $2000, but that certainly wasn’t in the budget.
The guys at the local bike shop set me up with a Jamis Expedition. This model has a steel frame so it should hold up to my weight. After buying a helmet and a few other accessories, the price tag came up to around $400.
The shop owner really wanted to make sure I had a bike helmet, not so much for my health but for his. He feared that if something preventable happened to me, daughter #2 would kick his butt. Since my daughter is a second degree black belt, his fears may be well grounded. At any rate, bike helmets have some a long way. It’s light and comfortable enough that I soon forget I even have it on.
After a short ride up and down a few hills, it has become very clear to me that I really need this kind of exercise. It’s going to take a few weeks of steady riding to get in any sort of condition. No matter, I’m having a blast. This is my idea of exercise: doing something fun.
I’m glad I went to an actual bike shop to pick this out. They did a lot of research to find a bike that fit what I wanted to do. They did all the set up and adjusted everything so it would be comfortable. The first tune up will be free. Sure beats the service from a big box store.
When I dropped my health insurance due to the high price, I promised myself I’d use some of the savings to improve my health. The first thing I started doing was eating better. I feel great and took off some weight. Even my lovely wife took off a few pounds, just by having healthier food in the house. Buying this bike should help me take off more pounds and get in better shape.
Don’t forget the bonus of having a really practical and efficient form of transportation. My daughter has a cargo rack for me so I’ll be able to carry a bit of gear. Maybe I’ll strap a fishing pole to the back and really have some fun. It’s like being a kid again.
I live in an area of NH known as the Great North Woods. I'm in my dome-i-cile out in the county with my lovely wife and a varying number of family and friends
-part red neck, part hippie but all country. Experimenting and enjoying the adventure of life.