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the discreet silver-on-silver sticker on the new bike: minus one carMinus one car

  • January 1, 2009: 209,855
  • February 7: 210,000
  • March 1: 210,120

It appears that I drove my own truck just 265 miles in the first two months of this year. Yup, ending the month of February showed only 210,120 miles. Now I get into my truck and I barely know what to do with it, but somehow muscle memory moves the controls well enough and it still does what I need it to. I haven't yet run a tank of gas through it this year. I thought it was just cute when I saw the sticker on my bike, but the bike is addictive and the sticker seems truer and truer as I go.

So far this biking thing is working out nicely. I got past some of the earlier knee pain that came in the first few weeks, so now most of the riding is quite easy. The hills of course are challenging to do in one gear, but there have been some revelations as I discover that they go faster than on the 21 speed. (After all, every rotation at this ratio is going to propel me farther than whatever a lower "granny gear" would on the same hill.) Each time I tackle one of the routine hills, I try to take one less breather break than the time before. It gets pretty exhilarating to get the heart going like it does in these situations.

I have this desire to take this single gear thing a bit further and possibly get a fixed gear bike. Right now though that is added expense that I can't justify, but the couple times I have test ridden such a bike, it has been oddly attractive. I've been reading up on whatever might be useful to know, just in case.

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