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    A good day - Or.......

    Sometimes I don't mind going to the doctors office.

    Today I had a follow up w/ my physician. Generally, I'm not too keen on seeing the doctor, but today I was stoked. I've been bicycle commuting for about a month (40 miles r/t). For the month prior to that I was riding to a point 14 miles from the house and catching the bus the rest of the way.

    I've eliminated soda from my diet.

    I have completely stopped eating at fast food joints. Well - mostly. I have had KFC once and Popeye's chicken once in the past two months.

    I started eating breakfast at the house and a healthy lunch.

    I was curious to see what kind of progress I had made.

    So, I get to the clinic. Of course, I rode my bike there (15 miles). When I got there I was pretty sweaty. I didn't figure that was any big deal since it was only a follow up. I figured he'd ask me some questions, draw a little bit of blood and call it a day.

    Fought a nasty headwind all the way down:



    First good news, I've lost 12 pounds! A month and a half ago I weighed 309. Today I weighed in @ 297. My resting heart rate has dropped from 72 bpm to 68. My blood pressure has gone down two points (from 118/something to 116/something - can't remember the bottom numbers). The doc said my numbers are fantastic given my age and my unhealthy habits over the past 30 years. He said my cholesterol levels were excellent (based on the old blood tests), and my blood sugars were no problem at all. I wanted to test for my cholesterol levels now - after a couple of months of riding - but he wants to wait another three months.

    "Your levels were great prior to beginning your riding, why bother now? Let's check on the next follow-up".

    My wife works in the Medical Center, so I dropped by and had lunch with her and then took a long, quiet, easy ride home. Stopped by a park and meandered through neighborhoods on the way home.

    Here's where my bike took me today:









    On the way home - 'bout 1/2 mile from the house - my seat post broke, right where the clamp holds the seat in place. I had noticed the seat wasn't feeling right - a bit nose-up - so I had been keeping the majority of my weight on the pedals and the handlebars. I'm glad I did. According to the guy at the bike shop that particular part failure has caused many a severe scrotal injury.



    Yep - your dangly bits could be skewered by your seat post.

    That was a close call.

    I was at that bike shop last week to buy tires (kept flatting), and when he saw the broken seat post the kid said "Holy #*(*, you're beating the $*(@ out of your bike, aren't you?"

    Well, maybe I am. My wife and I have a deal. When I lose 50 pounds, I get a new bike. Since I'm down 12, I only have 38 more to go. Until then, I'm gonna whup the hide off that sumbuck.

    Anyways - a great day for me. Hope y'all had a good one as well.

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    Congratulations!

    I live in fear of getting the shaft from my seat post, so to speak.

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    Great news with the doc mate, the seat post.... well stuff happens just glad you didn't end up impaled on the point end.....
    Tact is for people who arenít witty enough to use sarcasm.

    Early helplessness is the price we pay for later brilliance. Or, at least our later capacity for non-idiocy

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    wow, 40 mile round trip is a hefty bike commute, I wouldn't be able to do that every day.

    I'd love to see your level of exercise continue, but be very careful of overtraining or simply burning yourself out. Consider a cycle of two (or three) heavy exercise weeks, and one lighter exercise week.

    when looking for a new seat post, consider upgrading to a two bolt model. I'm a fan, allows easy tilt adjustment.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SkippyX View Post
    According to the guy at the bike shop that particular part failure has caused many a severe scrotal injury.



    Yep - your dangly bits could be skewered by your seat post.

    That was a close call.
    Be sure and tell that helpful bike shop guy thanks for letting you know about this flaw in advance.

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    Congrats on the good news from the Doc. It's amazing the results what just a little bit of work will get you.
    I went from needing Tekturna 350 to a 'holy crap you're in better shape than I am now' from my Dr. with a resting HR of around 60 and BP of 120/75 with a cup of coffee.

    Grab another seat post and keep after it

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    Quote Originally Posted by jmccain View Post
    Be sure and tell that helpful bike shop guy thanks for letting you know about this flaw in advance.
    Different shop. The bike is 4 years old.

    Dangit. I didn't even think of checking on the warranty.

    Oh well. The seat post I bought is quite a bit sturdier than the one I broke.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IBOHUNT View Post
    Congrats on the good news from the Doc. It's amazing the results what just a little bit of work will get you.
    I went from needing Tekturna 350 to a 'holy crap you're in better shape than I am now' from my Dr. with a resting HR of around 60 and BP of 120/75 with a cup of coffee.

    Grab another seat post and keep after it
    Already have another seat post.

    I'm being lazy this morning. I'm off today and planning on going for a spin in another hour or so.

    Since a new bike is on the horizon I might hit some bike shops I've not been to and look at touring rigs. I would think that - considering the distance - a touring bike would make a better commuter rig than a hybrid. I've also had some folks suggest a cyclocross bike. I'm on the fence there. I'm trying to get in shape for a Big Adventure.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Brando_T. View Post
    wow, 40 mile round trip is a hefty bike commute, I wouldn't be able to do that every day.

    I'd love to see your level of exercise continue, but be very careful of overtraining or simply burning yourself out. Consider a cycle of two (or three) heavy exercise weeks, and one lighter exercise week.

    when looking for a new seat post, consider upgrading to a two bolt model. I'm a fan, allows easy tilt adjustment.
    I'm very cautious about my pace when I'm riding. I'm also very conscious of what gear I'm in. I might not be the speediest thing out there (avg. ~12 mph over 20 miles), but the way I see it is that translates into being able to keep it up rather than burning out and discontinuing the commute. I'm also very careful about nutrition.

    The best post-ride food I've found so far is trail mix. It's easy to store at work. I can eat a few fistfuls of it as I'm working without slowing my work pace down. It helps me avoid a physiological crash at work, and it's not fatty.

    Already have a new two bolt seat post.

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    Sounds like a great commute. Almost makes me want to unretire! Well, maybe not.

    You might look at the Surly and Salsa bikes, like the Surly Crosscheck (Jethro just built one up) or the Surly LHT (a number here like Mithrandr and Neil have this bike) or the Salsa Casseroll.

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