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Investigated Bally's fitness in Porter Square. Looks quite good, and the membership I would sign up for would probably include four personal trainer sessions to get started. Do I want to do this thing? If I do, it should wait til I'm back from my first two-week work trip coming up next week.

Looked at bikes for the shortest time... went to Ace Wheelworks, looked around at what they had. Saw some amazing bikes for more than a thousand bucks. I don't really know what I want to do about this. The old bike is still in good shape. I just think it's actually a size or two too small for me, since trying ringrose's bike when I found mine with a dead front tire.

I should at least get the old bike fixed. Then I can ride it for a bit, and if I decide to get a new one, I can sell it for its actual value, rather than depressing the price artificially since it has a flat tire.

In some ways, a bike and the gym membership feel mutually exclusive - if I'm biking to work, I'll bypass Porter Square for a more direct route to Kendall, and it'd be all weird and inefficient to go to Porter on those days. On the other hand, I don't want to bike every day, or go to the gym every day, but if I did one or the other each day, it'd be really good for me.

Whatever. I'm a step closer to action in the gym track, and in the bike track, and I will push closer to either incrementally and see what seems right as time goes on. It won't be til July that I really have a chance to act on this again, though. See the aforementioned business trip.


Jun. 11th, 2007 01:59 am (UTC)
I just got a new bike this year, via Wheelworks. They were in fact pretty helpful: they guy we talked to in Belmont asked what we were looking for, and came up with some plausible options and measured for size. Belmont turned out to not have the right bike in the right size, but Ace Wheelworks did, so they sent us over there.

What I came away with was a very light road bike. I did wind up paying extra to get one bike nicer, with the next step up in components (which did include shifters that were quite a bit better for me). I'm happy with it, but then I'm also somewhat regularly spending several hours on it at a time. But a thousand dollars doesn't buy a "bike to work" kind of bike, it's much more a "I'm going to do a century this summer no really" bike. Is it "more comfortable"? Yes, but only in that there are lots of hand positions so that I can move around instead of having to spend several hours with my wrists in the same place.

(Somewhat less expensive, and popular among people I know as a longish-commute bike, is the Bianchi Volpe. It has a steel frame, which is heavier but more durable, dropped handlebars like a road bike, but it comes with hybrid tires and has a wider gearing range. It was also what Wheelworks pointed narya at when she asked for something that was good for 10-mile commutes and longer weekend rides but also could handle Boston pavement -- which if you're not used to, can get pretty scary.)


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