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Re: What the heck are you guys (gals?) doing

Postby Tetge » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:24 pm

I tried to ride a bicycle for exercise years ago, but, I never could deal with the street traffic that was always catching up to me. As a motorcyclist, I was always aware that the safest way to ride on two wheels was to always be catching up to traffic, not the opposite. Hang with any bicycle crowd, and you can be certain of hearing about cages running down bicycles. And, to top it off, it was hard enough work so that the hard core bicyclists that I have known were crazed folks who, apparently, loved pain, as you can not ride for hours on end pain free since a bicycle nut would say that you were not trying hard enough, or going fast enough until you pushed to painfulness.

But, and this becomes truer and truer with aging, hard core physical activities are basically impossible to continue with as one ages. A lot of bicyclist blow out knees and suffer other types of injuries, so, in addition to crash injuries (and they all crash more than they admit). It is tough to get up in years and start to come face to face with the realities that there are very few 70+ racers in any sport, let alone one as brutal as a 50-100 mile bicycle jaunt over varying terrain. As a long term way to stay in shape, it has always been questionable in my book. Hell, I can't even ride a motorcycle anymore, as I get tired just going out to the garage to look at it.

In fact, about now, a hot tub would be a good choice for exercise, but, I don't have one. One could drink gin, and wiggle their tows in the hot water for exercise, as lifting beverages up when sipping on them has to count as exercise too. But, sooner or later, although this point in time comes at widely different chronological times, demanding physical activities become impossible for one and all. For some, death ends it, but, for many, physical abilities just dwindle away naturally. And, for those who have always been very physically active, it can be quite depressing. In my case, I cut back on hard physical activities in high school PE, as it was not my thing, but, even I, a no exercise advocate, have suffered the ravages of time, and, old injuries tend to come back as well, as one weakens physically. Those electric shopping carts are starting to look better and better, although they are a bit slow.

In fact, I am seriously considering putting my 690 Duke up for sale this Spring. Tough to sell as it is a niche bike, but, perhaps I can get 50% of the initial $10500 out the door price. I will have renewed the tags this April, and it as a brand new OEM rear Metzeler, with basically no miles on it, while the bike remains almost new, with less than 3000 miles on it. Time goes by, and the supermoto craze has ended, and there are few riders that I now know, and, they are all a lot faster than I am, so why keep a motorcycle that just sits around and does not get used?

But, I procrastinate about it, as I have had a motorcycle around for over 50 years, and, it is hard to put down. I mean, what would be next? Gin?
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Re: What the heck are you guys (gals?) doing

Postby jhwalker » Wed Mar 07, 2018 1:42 pm

It all makes sense in a Tetgeian way. :clap:

In my 100,000+ miles of bicycling, I have confessed to all of my falls, certainly fewer than my motorcycle falls. But I don't ride the bicycles when drinking tequila. :-D
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Re: What the heck are you guys (gals?) doing

Postby xbacksideslider » Wed Mar 07, 2018 8:29 pm

Tetgeian?
Is that a planet? Tetge?
OMG, I didn't know! :shock:
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Re: What the heck are you guys (gals?) doing

Postby jhwalker » Thu Mar 08, 2018 7:09 am

xbacksideslider wrote:Tetgeian?
Is that a planet? Tetge?
OMG, I didn't know! :shock:


:-D I was going to ask you to check in on him until he cranked out that latest post.
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Re: What the heck are you guys (gals?) doing

Postby xbacksideslider » Thu Mar 08, 2018 1:00 pm

Spring is here, so maybe I can persuade him to come out and play on that paint shaker.
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