The Pharmacy Chick

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Going for a ride!

Filed under: Uncategorized — pharmacychick at 6:03 pm on Tuesday, March 24, 2009

It was a dry day in Chickville today so Pharmacy Chick decided to do something she hadn’t done in over 30 years.  She went for a bike ride: something pretty incredible since she technically doesn’t own a bike. 

You see, I found a bike.

It started in late November. We live in a cul de sac, in a pretty small neighborhood. Its a nice and tidy neighborhood and even tho it has some kids in it, people mostly keep their things in their garage. Therefore it was of some notice when I came home one night after work and saw a bike sitting against the neighbor’s fence.  It was even more noticeable because it was pouring rain out and it appeared to be a nice bike.

Night after night, I drove past that bike on my way to my garage.  Nobody seemed to want to take it inside. Then, it started to snow. After about 3 days in the snow and 3 weeks in the rain, I decided that for no reason other than its preservation, I was going to take the bike inside.  When I plucked it from the snow bank, I noticed the pedal was broken.  Thankfully it was laying on the ground nearby but the bolt was missing.  I was beginning to think it had been stolen, broken and left behind.

I rolled in into the garage, and let it dry out.  It was a nice bike but it hadn’t been given the best care, and spending over a month outside in the rain and snow had not helped it much.   The tires were mostly flat, there was some rust on it and the back tire was out of round, but still, it seemed to have some good bones. I  looked online and found that new, it had been about $300.

It sat in the garage for a month or so but one day I hauled it into a bike shop and asked them if they could tune it up cheaply. After all, if somebody came to claim it, I didn’t want to have much cash into its repair. Amazingly, the tires only needed air, the spokes adjusted to make the tire round, and a grease job. It took all of $70.  Nice. 

Still, I didn’t climb on the bike yet.  I was chicken. I hadn’t ridden for 30 years.  Today, however, I got on that bike.  It was a scary first minute.  Geez, would I fall off? I did NOT fall off.  I was too chicken to ride on the streets with cars so I went to a park path and rode for about 15 minutes. (note to self: riding downwind for 15 minutes means you have to ride into the wind for 15 minutes…and its kinda chilly out)

It was a harder workout than I thought, and after a half-hour, my legs were very tired and I froze my ears off, but I had more fun than I thought.  I think I am going to do it again soon (with my ears covered this time)

I think its time to buy a bike helmet…and oh, maybe a bike for Mr Chick 🙂



Comment by dennisjnh

March 24, 2009 @ 8:42 pm

I recently started riding my bike again too. Mountain biking is alot of fun. Plus, you don’t even notice how tired you get; until you step off, then your swamped of course!
yea, my legs were all jiggly and rubbery after I had ridden. I didn’t appreciate how hilly our neighborhood was until I had to ride uphill. I never thought about mountain biking because it would involve an hour drive to a “mountain” upon which to ride. For now, I ‘ll stick to my wienie bike path. haha


Comment by Karen H

March 25, 2009 @ 9:31 pm

Aha! See, the ACAI is making you adventurous and brave! Go, Chick! And Mr. Chick will appreciate those fabulous legs you’ve going to start developing.

Seriously, though, it sure makes legs that have been standing all day pooling blood get it pumping!!!

Go, Chick! Rah, rah, rah.

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