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March 15th, 2006
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Blergh
I walk to work every day. I know it's not much exercise, but I figure it should count for something. Since I finally have my bike again, I decided I would try riding it this morning. Completely different leg muscles used for biking than for walking. Less than a mile and I'm feeling the burn. And my stomach feels all blah. Of course, it might also have something to do with the less than five hours of sleep I got last night.

The chain slipped trying to switch gears when I first started riding it, but it was OK after that. The brakes could use a little alignment, and I think I could stand to inflate the tires a bit more. I guess I should take it in to a bike shop. And I should get a cuff for my right leg, something reflective for my top half, and probably some lights, although I don't think I'll be riding it after dark too much during the spring and summer. Anyone happen to know a good bike shop in Wellesley?

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From:magid
Date:March 15th, 2006 03:10 pm (UTC)
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Google maps suggests that Landry's Bicycles is closest to you (at 790 Worcester St., Natick). I don't know anything about them. The only one they list on the first page of bike stores closest to you is the Harris Cyclery, 1353 Washington St., W. Newton (near the intersection of Rte 16 and the Pike), which the Electric Truffle Roommate very much likes. It looks like there are a number of bike stores in Framingham. I'm glad you're planning to get lights; it gives you a lot more flexibility for timing rides.

Congrats on getting out on the bike again, though I hope your stomach settles soon. And yeah, very different muscles.

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From:queue
Date:March 15th, 2006 04:37 pm (UTC)
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Guh. I was hoping there was a bike shop in Wellesley, but no such luck, apparently. Landry's is about 2 miles down Route 9 from work. I wonder if there's sidewalk all the way (I'm certainly not going to bike down Route 9).
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From:library_sexy
Date:March 15th, 2006 05:45 pm (UTC)
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Glad to hear you are using the bike. There is a shop in Wellesley.

* St. Moritz Sports
475 Washington Street, Wellesley, MA 02181-5906 (781-235-6669)

http://massbike.org/index.htm is a good bike recourse.

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From:queue
Date:March 15th, 2006 05:51 pm (UTC)
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Excellent, thanks.
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From:queue
Date:March 15th, 2006 05:57 pm (UTC)
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Just called them, and they're apparently a ski shop in the winter and a bike shop in the summer. So they'll be a bike shop again in April. And they're a very bikeable one mile from my house. Cool.
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From:ebourland
Date:March 15th, 2006 06:13 pm (UTC)
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Definitely sounds like the bike needs a tuneup. Also you might consult with the bike shop people to make sure the bike is fitted properly to your form, or you to it.

Apologies if this is data you already know.

Enjoy the bike. Be careful out there!
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From:queue
Date:March 15th, 2006 06:33 pm (UTC)
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I'm pretty much a bike novice, so the advice is certainly useful.

I bought a hybrid bike as my first "adult" bike back in college in Portland, and it's the same bike I have now (so it's something more than 10 years old). At the time, I thought I might be doing some trail riding as well as street riding, but that never ended up being the case. Of course, there are lots of neat trails local to me, so I might actually use the hybrid nature of my bike at some point.
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