Attack of the killer procrastinators

I was supposed to be proofing the Trip Guide, studying, and working on my 101 Things list this evening … so what did I do as soon as I got home from church? Went out for ice cream and then spent an hour and a half watching Attack of the Killer Tomatoes on DVD, of course.

On a completely unrelated note, my bike, which has a grand total of maybe — maybe — 30 miles on it, is in the shop because the chain keeps slipping. I’m supposed to get it back Tuesday.

It’s a cheap bike, but I’d hoped it would at least pretend to work right for a few hundred miles.

I’m kind of sorry I didn’t go with my first instinct, which was to buy a single-gear cruiser with coaster brakes. They’re heavier and harder to ride, but they’re also virtually indestructible. I know somebody is still making them, because one of the local hospitals bought a whole bunch of them for people to use at River Parks. While my Schwinn is in the shop, I might seize the excuse to go down to the trail and try out the Tulsa Townie program. If I like the bikes, I’ll probably try to find out where they got them so I can order one of my own. You know they’re built to last if they’re loaning them out to everybody and their dog.

The good news is that I can now ride all the way up the steep side of the hill on the overpass behind Ollie’s without smacking into The Wall or having to get off and walk … and I don’t feel as exhausted and sore and shaky at the end of my morning commute now that I’ve done it a few times. I still feel too hot and a little wobbly when I get off the bike, but by the time I get into the office and drink a couple of mouthfuls of Gatorade, I’m OK.

It was kind of disheartening to feel so rotten at the end of such a short ride the first few times, but I keep reminding myself that when I started training for my first marathon, a slow half-mile jog around the indoor track at the Y jolly near killed me. Two marathons later, I more or less grasp the concept of building a base and staying focused on the end goal instead of fussing over the progress of my training, so I think a century is not entirely out of reach.


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3 Responses to Attack of the killer procrastinators

  1. Dustin says:

    You might try G. Oscar’s bike shop over at either 16th or 18th and Denver (I think). He buys, fixes, and sells bikes. He might have a good cruiser or a line on one.

  2. Roger says:

    Em, you may be happy with the cruisers on the Tulsa trail system, but if you think you’re going to do hills, you probably would be better off with a hybrid or a flat-bar road bike. You should be able to get a good one in the $250 to $350 range. I would talk to several bike shops and tell them what type of riding you expect to be doing. They should steer you in the right direction.

    Sometimes, you can find — forgive the pun — some real steals at police auctions. Yard sales may be a decent bet. Often, you can find bargains because people have no idea how good the bikes really are and offer them for sale at amazingly low prices.

  3. lynette says:

    i see bikes all the time at auctions. they never go for more than $15. i’ve always bought them and passed them on to folks who were in need of transportation, had no $$ for a car or bus or whatever.

    though i haven’t done it, i’ve been thinking i need to get one of them rehabbed to use at home for short trips to the store, library, etc.

    you inspire me. i drive very little at this point, can walk to work at my warehouse a block from home, but a bike . . . it would make me feel very college town european true green lover of earth happy :-)

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