Last year, I was running five miles every other day. Last night I drank three beers and watched EuroTrip on HBO.
The year of injury has been hard. Knowing I’ll probably never run again is harder.
Biking isn’t simple, not like running, you know? A bicycle has parts and helmets and shoes and padded shorts and expensive frames. Running, well, all you need is a good pair of shoes. That’s it. It doesn’t get much simpler than that.
As running isn’t an option, I’ve been trying without success to get interested in hopping on a bike. My brother gave me his old Trek 820, and I got it fixed and cleaned up. Now it just sits in the garage, waiting for me. Is it the fact that it isn’t simple enough for me? I ask that because in order for me to get into it, I have to own it; I have to know how to lube a chain and which lube to use at what temperature, or at least know where to find the information. And all of that knowledge is intimidating (though despite myself, I know exactly where to find the lube information). I’m learning more and more about the mechanics of it all, even while simultaneously not wanting to.
The last few days I’ve been reading of the virtues of a fixed gear bicycle. A fixed gear means that you have no gears save one, which means there is no coasting. You must pedal constantly. If you are really hardcore, you will have no brakes, either. Brakes complicate things, apparently. The danger involved already is appealing to me besides the utter lack of frills on a bike like this. How much more simple can you get? I thought I could build one, you know, for fun… the instructions are easy enough. I like to build things. However, I then started to think of how you would have to quickly, and with much strength, backpedal to come to a stop on a fixed gear. That couldn’t be good on your knees. Sure enough, a few more websites proved me correct.
I don’t need more injuries.
I may still build one, eventually, with brakes. I think the Chief said it best though when she told me, “you already have a bike.”
Maybe I just got to get in the habit doing something again?
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