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  •  My problem (4+ / 0-)
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    Oaktown Girl, NC Dem, bloomin, debit

    always has been the length or "stretch" between seat and handle bars.

    Because I am short, most bikes that fit my legs were too long for my torso.  I found myself either stretching with my arms or riding on the front of my seat.  OUCH!  

    I finally bought a bike that fit me - kind of.  Tired of constantly stretching on too big bikes, I erred on the side of caution and got a bike slightly too small. (Terry Bikes) I still love it.  (It was an $800 bike - obviously bought a few years ago.)

    When I see people on bikes, I'm constantly evaluating their position and bike fit.  While I cut children slack for not having bikes that fit them well, I cringe when I see adults with seats too high (hips should not rock) or bikes too small.  I always wonder how people can ride a bike with the seat post all the way up.  

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    by Fabian on Mon Apr 26, 2010 at 10:47:11 AM PDT

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    •  Nice bike! (3+ / 0-)
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      Fabian, NC Dem, bloomin

      I love steel.  My next commuter bike will be either a Surly Pacer or a Cross Check.  

      Funny, I see a lot of people who are on bikes that are too small or have their seats down way too low.  Their knees must kill them at the end of the day.

      •  They don't shift either. (2+ / 0-)
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        NC Dem, bloomin

        Their knees are coming waaaaay up, they are pedaling so slowly and putting all that stress on their joints.

        That didn't feel good when I was young and fit.  

        Most bike shops will adjust your bike for free if you bring it for service.  It should be obvious that they will do it if you buy it from them.  People don't run in clown shoes or stiletto heels - so why do they ride their bikes in dysfunctional configurations?

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        by Fabian on Mon Apr 26, 2010 at 12:03:52 PM PDT

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        •  Except in the movies... (2+ / 0-)
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          Oaktown Girl, Fabian

          People don't run in clown shoes or stiletto heels...

          The girl being chased always has to break her heel or something... bugs the heck out of me.

          •  It's a cliche. (1+ / 0-)
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            The woman has to fall or trip or break a heel in order to provide an opportunity for the Big Bad to catch up to her.  She generally dies horribly in the average slasher flick.

            In Cthulhu games, the rule of thumb is that you don't need to run faster than the beasties, you just need to run faster than your team mates.

            The other cliche that bugs me is any movie where the Action Hero tells the sidekick/kid/civilian to "Stay here!".  They never do.  Maybe they should bring the family dog....?

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            by Fabian on Tue Apr 27, 2010 at 01:45:37 AM PDT

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