Saturday, April 15, 2006

On the Bike

I have been cruzing the internet looking for an affordable in-the-bed truck rack which doesn't require front tire removal and will hold multiple bikes. I really am not finding what I want that is under $400, so I started thinking. Bike guy has 2 level rack he built to display bikes for sale. I'm just interested in how the bikes are held upright. I'm coming up with an idea that may work for my truck. More on that later...

I just couldn't stop myself, I took the Santa Cruz out and rode. It lasted only about 10 minutes before the shoulder started complaining, darn. Started out by hurting a bit, then progress into pain and feeling like the arm could was slipping a bit out of the socket. Not a good feeling. It's just not stablized yet. Physical therapist says 2 more weeks then can do riding if it's sitting up without too much pressure on the shoulder. My muscles still don't know how to work with the newly shaped bones and some muscles are being used that haven't been in about 16 years. It's sort of a tug-0-war, the muscles that were working overtime before surgery don't want to give up the work and the muscles that weren't being used don't want to take it on. Just a matter of convincing them all to work the way they are supposed to. Anywhoo, it is REALLY windy, a biting, cold wind, so I was pretty cold after my 10 minute ride. I put my road bike back on my trainer (was using the trainer as a work stand). I sure do feel frustrated trying to do things that require shoulder use, like getting it into trainer. I just don't have the strength or range of motion yet. So I did 5 miles on the trainer. I am sssoooooo out of shape...flabby and poor aerobic condition. It's going to be a long way back. I have been pretty lazy also, which hasn't helped.

My friend and I went to pick up her bike the other day, turns out the one she purchased was damaged in shipping: water-logged and rusted upon arrival. Bike guy doesn't know exactly what happened but thinks it fell into the harbor either loading it on the barge or off. He lost about 20 bikes this way. So my friend and I start looking at other bikes. She must have the right color, must be just the right shade of blue. I love blue also but it was getting silly. She finally found a full suspension K2 which bike guy said he would knock $100 off and so it would cost her $100 more than the 1st bike, but it's the right color. It should have been ready this morning.

It's pychotic season at the bike shop. Bike guy is a one-man show with a teenage sidekick. When I drive by on my way home from work, the group of bikes to be fixed and tuned is bigger every day. It's almost comical. I just don't know why people wait until spring to get their maintance done. Bike guy was burning time this last winter.

I have been having lactic acid nodules build up in the muscles, which cause them to sort of snap along the top of my shoulder when I move, the therapist showed me how to rub them out and told me I would probably start feeling nausiated and achy all over. Sure enough, it happened. I was on the way into Anchorage with a couple of my girl friends to see Larry the Cable Guy and the blahh hit me. I wonder if it still would have happened if the therapist hadn't of said anything, you know what I mean? Ignorance can be bliss.

Larry can be pretty funny but I'm just not into crude humor. Farting, loose bowel, fat girls and overly-sexual humor and the like for 2 1/2 hrs. The thing is his "clean" jokes got as many or more laughs than the crud. Then these girls behind me were talking almost the entire show about shoes, makeup, etc loud enough I couldn't hear Larry. Why pay $50 a seat and chat about lipstick not matching her shoes???

4 comments:

steve said...

The guys from BCMTB posted a howto on making your own truck rack for bikes - it's based around taking the front wheel off, unfortunately, but at $4 a bike it might be worth making the sacrifice.

I get the lactic acid release after visiting my chiropractor. One way he told me to ameliorate is to drink a lot of water - that dilutes the lactic acid and lessens the "urgh" feeling I get.

My local bike shop is hopping, too - there's now 6 people working there, after only having 1 or 2 in during the winter! One of the privileges of getting them to do work for me in the winter is that I can still get stuff done pretty quickly, even now; they're usually happy to bump me up the queue because they know that I'm going to be there all year round, unlike the people who are only now dragging their BSO's out of the basement!

George said...

I made my own with a 2x4 and a couple of these........

http://tinyurl.com/qzxgx

bolted to it.

I cut the 2x4 so it fits snug in the back of my van and I can carry 2 bikes no sweat and 3 in a pinch....

Jill said...

You can always rig something up with straps, too, though it can be a pain to get bikes in and out. But nice job, getting back on the bike!

Michelle said...

I am trying to avoid taking off the front tires. I read that is a common cause of damage to forks because they don't get mounted in the dropouts correctly and the bouncing/swaying from the ride cause the dropouts to get bent. Not something I want done to our expensive forks.

I haven't yet been able to figure out a way to secure 3 or 4 bikes with straps so they won't fall or hit each other. Any hints are helpful!
I have a fairly inexpensive and hopefully effective answer. I will keep you all posted to how it works out.