I know someone who is selling her road bike, partially because physical problems are making it too uncomfortable to ride. Her story isn’t mine to tell, so I won’t go into any details, but her situation reminded me of a question brought up in a cycling magazine a few years ago.
The magazine asked readers what they would do if faced with a physical ailment, such as a back or neck injury, that required them to ride a recumbent or give up cycling entirely.
For me, this was easier than the time they asked readers which they would choose if they were forced give up either cycling or sex. I scared myself a little when I realized I was thinking it over.
I think recumbents are ugly, and they seem to be ridden by the same people who use arcane computer-operating systems and name ferrets after Lord of the Rings characters. I can’t really picture a bunch of recumbent riders standing around and talking trash over post-ride beers.
But when it comes right down to it, those rolling deck chairs still have two wheels, two pedals and a chain, and they let you move around under your own power in fresh air, which is the best part of riding anyway. So, if the day ever comes when I have to start buying high-rise stems and soft saddles to stay on a conventional bike, that’s what I’ll do.
If faced with no other choice, I’ll sit back in a recumbent and pedal on down the road.
I just hope I can figure out how to attach one of those little helmet-mount mirrors to the bag over my head.