I took the new bike out for it's first short run today, this was the first time I had ridden a bike for 2 years and 8 months, and it felt quite strange being back in the saddle. Not wanting to do too much, as I was worried about my lungs and if the breathing problems would return, I took it very fairly steady and did just 2.07 miles along my lane, I was shattered even after that short a distance, my heart was beating erratically and I was very trying to catch my breath when I got off the bike, but not as bad as I thought I would be, to be honest, my legs probably hurt more than my lungs did.
Well, at least it's a start for me, the bike is very light and goes nicely, the SRAM gears are a dream, very smooth, you can hardly hear or feel them changing gear, as is to be expected from such a … [Read More...]
I've been piling the weight on over the last 2 years, not through choice or being lazy, I started getting some bad breathing problems 2 years ago out of nowhere (it's still not right now), so I had to stop cycling at that point after collapsing off the bike one night unable to breath properly and my arm/chest going numb and tingling, ambulance called etc, I thought I was having a heart attack, as I also have heart problems, anyway, with my breathing not being right, I haven't done much except sit at the computer all day since then, getting fatter by the day.
3 years ago I weighed 14 stone 2lbs, I was unfit and a heavy chain smoker, I decided to buy a cheap mountain bike (it weighed 38lbs), and started riding again after not riding for many years, it nearly killed me lol. I cut down on … [Read More...]
I've still not had my bike delivered yet, was hoping it would have been here by now, it was ordered in the early hours of Nov 14th and is being delivered from Belfast to County Cork, so not exactly the other side of the world, my order still shows as "processing". These two items below from my original order are out of stock, they were showing as in stock at Chain Reaction Cycles (CRC) when I placed the order, I do wish retailers would keep their stock levels updated, so these items have been cancelled and refunded:
M Part Micro II Mini Pump
Electron Terra 2 Front Light 2012
Today, I ordered replacements for them, both listed as being in stock, lets hope that's the case this time, CRC did send me a £5 off voucher to use as way of an apology for the out of stock items, I ordered … [Read More...]
After an longer than expected wait, my Tacx trainer tyre arrived yesterday, along with innertube, Topeak saddle bag and my pirate socks.
I've put the tyre on my bike, and despite still being as sick as a dog and in a lot of pain, I had to try the tyre out on the rollers, but only for a short time, as I don't want to make my chest worse than it already is. The first noticeable difference is how much quieter it is, it's a lot better with the loud buzzing noise from the other tyres now gone.
Another thing that has changed is, the effort required to turn the pedals, it's a lot easier now, but that presents another problem, I only have 2 rings on my bike, and whilst on the largest ring, with the chain on the smallest gear on the real wheel, I have to pedal furiously to maintain a good … [Read More...]