fixed gear bike

Pedal Power

See this?

This is my precious.

In 2006, my old beloved bike was stolen. Don't be too sad, it's my fault. I left it outside overnight "locked up" on the Boston city streets with a pathetic excuse for a lock.

I mourned. I grieved. Then, I bought this fixed gear bicycle you see above. Why a fixed gear, you may be wondering?

I wanted to be cool. Not much more complicated than that. Anyone who buys one and doesn't confess the same motive might not be telling the truth. I'm kidding. People have all sorts of reasons for doing what they do. If they are riding a fixie, ask them why!

I simply wanted to know what the big deal was after years of riding bikes with tons of components, derailers, shifters and gears.

A fixed gear bike is awesome because there are less parts to get dirty and/or fix.

Exhibit A:

how many parts are on your bike?

It's almost spring and whether or not you buy a fixed gear bike, I highly recommend you get something with two-wheels soon and bring some pedal power to your spring season.

Here's three reasons why :

1) REDUCE COMMUTE TIME

if you don't have a car like me, commuting can suck. I was adding an extra 10 hours to my "work week" by commuting almost an hour each way, 5 days a week.

2) REDUCE STRESS with EXERCISE

not only was my commute time getting me down--10 hours is a big loss!--but I also wasn't getting much exercise, either. Tendonitis in my shoulder has me grounded from lifting heavy things for a while--goodbye, gunshow--so my gym membership is pretty useless because I'm not a treadmill person. Biking 4.5 miles each way today gave me a TON of energy and boosted my mood like 8,000 points. That was one day. Imagine what doing this daily will do for my spirit?!

3) INCREASE COURAGE & JOY

I'm not sure where you live, but I live in a city. And I commute in city traffic. During rush hour. If ever I needed a boost of confidence, getting from my front door to work and back home again makes me feel pretty damn brave. And cruising past all the large metal machine, and the people in them, caught in traffic? Feels awesome. What joy can biking bring into your life after work, school or on weekends?

Get a bike. Be car-less!

Yeah.

A Little Goes a Long Way

I ran 1.6 miles about 3 hours ago, and right now I feel like I could run through a wall.

I'm serious.

I have been on the procrastination tip with exercise for a little too long (about two months) and today was the day I decided to get off it and run a little. I biked a lot during the summer, using my beloved two-wheeled fixed gear as a means of both transportation and exercise. The 5 mile ride wasn't really making me work too hard, after a while, so I decided I'd switch things up and walk a bit. Now I walk the 2+ miles back and forth to "work" everyday (ever since finding the right jobs for me, work is such a relative term)--but have been taking the bus more lately.

I wondered why I was doing that...

1) it's gotten colder

2) I feel less fit from no strenuous exercise

Don't get me wrong; walking is rad and I highly encourage it as everyone's primary means of exercise. It's low-impact, easy and you can work it into your day like I have, leaving extra time to get to work, your date, the gym...

Here's another fitness short-cut: when you go grocery/clothes/anything shopping---park far away from the store. Get in .2 miles just getting to the door and back. ;)

Today's post is a reminder that, while there are no shortcuts to real, life-long health and wellness, you can take small steps to get there. It doesn't have to (and it won't) happen overnight. In fact, your chances at success are exponentially higher if you make changes slowly and intentionally.

Small steps add up over time and a little goes a long way. After months of walking and biking, jogging wasn't easy. My lungs were a little clogged and breathing was tough but I just slowed down and took my time and made really great time for 1.6 miles! I was really impressed and can't wait to do it again.

The small steps that got me there?

1) I stopped SAYING "I need to buy new sneaks" and I just GOT them this past weekend

2) I stopped SAYING "I need to make time to run" and just did it when I hardly had any time at all!

3) I stopped thinking it had to be 45 minutes or an hour or 5 or 6 miles to count as a workout. No. I jogged for 20 minutes. And it was awesome.

Doing it again tomorrow.

0^0 (high-five)