Skip to main content

Purpose built

I have some time on the sidelines with my running agenda, based on this silly little pulled thing in my side.  So to keep the razor sharp, I'm hitting it each morning on my converted Haro mountain bike, aka commuter bike, now aka fitness bike.

I stripped off the bags, left the rear pannier rack in place and added a small seat bag for a tube and other essentials.  So now, I ride away from my apartment and look for hills - then ride up them.

It's an interesting way to see parts of town I had yet to discover.  I had the drivetrain replaced about a year ago so the gears shift crisp and clean.  Check out the long handlebar stem on this relic.  Made me think back about 15 years and in those days, it seemed the big trick was to get the rider way out over the front axle.  That's sure the case here...but despite the long reach, I still end up popping the front wheel off the ground on some of those climbs.  The grade is steep enough that it's hard to keep the front end from getting light.

So it's not about the bike after all.  I have this old, worn, once stolen and recovered bicycle from yesteryear.  A rigid front fork, Richey 1" slicks and you're rockin' with a ride that makes for a strong workout.  It's a nice fit between my road bike and mountain bike, so once again I'm making use of all three pieces of equipment.

In this age of $5000 cycles, I'm happy with this refurbished critter.  One man's trash is another man's treasure and on these crisp mountain mornings, I'm riding like a king.


  1. One can never have too many bikes, right? Sounds like a good way to keep yourself occupied and do some cross-training as you heal.


Post a Comment

Popular posts from this blog


You have to look closely (click and enlarge photo if needed), but when you do, check out the 5th metacarpal (bone furthest from thumb).

The diagonal break is symbolic of what happens when your mountain bike handlebars snap around 360 degrees, and those bars catch your hand against the bike frame during the rotation.

Well there you have it. I got up after my ride over the bars and knew something was wrong, but didn't want to admit it. Rode about three miles back to the car, then went a week with some ice and heat. Thought it was good, until I smacked the same bone on the bars during a road ride the following weekend.

Time to stop the charades and get to urgent care.

For the past three weeks, I have been in a formed splint that kept the pinkie and ring fingers immobilized in a hooked formation. Don't want those tendons to move across the bone. As the doc stated, it's a "forgiving" break, but nonetheless you don't want to give the bone any excuse to shift; that…

Nothing to see here, folks

It's been a long time since I've been active on my blog. To be honest, I got tired of putting in the work, creating content, with so little feedback or response. Time to divert to other things...such as my new fiction book, coming out soon. Part horror story, part steamy romance. You'll definitely want a copy.

There's another reason I haven't been posting. My endurance spirit is broken.

Some medical issues, some sadness is loss of speed. I don't have much range left in my pulse rate and I have put on a blob of weight.

I "ran" my 10 mile loop this 2:18. Is that ugly, or what? An overall fatigue follows the run. I remember a few years ago, I'd bang it out in straight 9's for a 1:30 - and at that time had a long section of medium effort trail included, too.

It's the new normal. It's age appropriate. I'll be 59 in two weeks. Let's get real.

Rode my mountain bike Sunday after church. Don't know what I hit but I went…

Fitness setback? Use the healing power of plants

Maybe you're like me. You had achieved a fitness and nutrition peak, but then slid off the mountain. Hey, most of us aren't professional athletes and we aren't paid to be ripped and shredded, right? Life got in the way. I produced my dossier for tenure, then finished several academic publications. And, there is always teaching and a responsilbity to the student experience. I'm not proud of the outcome, but that's how it works for me. When I wrote "Mind Over Diet" the key premise was self-negotiation. You must create your own scenarios that drive action. It's time to start over. My advice is to build your comeback with food, not exercise. Everyone wants to run to the gym and crank the big long does that usually last? I'd suggest the food is the ultimate change agent. Eat as close to "alive" as possible; take the processing and chemicals out. Fresh food will bring life back into your body. That's the foundation. Here…