I’ve been using my comfort bike for about 100 days. It is now my primary method of aerobic exercise, although walking could go back on the exercise agenda if my knee pain stays away. Using the bike, I get a good aerobic workout while running errands (grocery store, bank, etc.) without using gas.
< I am getting more comfortable riding the bike on our nearby four lane road. With the time change, I now have more light early in the morning. I bought a $3 fluorescent green safety vest at Harbor Freight Tools to wear over my cold weather clothing when I ride.
BTW – Have you ever shopped in a Harbor Freight Tools store? The deals there can be amazing. While I was there, I bought a digital multi-meter with a back lit LCD display for $5.99. Wow. That store is a very dangerous place for me to be.
Back to the comfort bike. With the vest combined with my front and rear strobe lights, I am highly visible from all directions. If anyone hits me, there will be a lawsuit and Mrs. P will probably win. Sadly, I will still be injured or dead but at least it won’t have been my fault.
I am eager to try the bike on the packed gravel roads and off-road trails at Long Branch Lakes. My hope is being able to easily ride the bike from our condo to the LBL General Store for breakfast or to pick up some groceries. Comfort bikes are designed to be pedaled while seated at all times, i.e. no standing up going up hills. There are hills at LBL so that will be the challenge. Hopefully, the 21 speed shifter on the bike will give me the gearing I need to get up those hills without a problem. We are scheduled to close on the condo next week so that test should come soon.
I have to give a shout out to REI for their service on my comfort bike. I brought it in last month for its post-sale, in-warranty “tune-up.” They told me that they would have to keep it 4-5 days because of their work load. Amazingly, they called me later that day and told me that they had completed the tune-up already. I like that our local REI store is only a short bike ride from our house.
I am going to be watching Craigslist for a used bike trainer that will allow me to use my comfort bike as an indoor stationary bike on poor weather days.
I’m curious if many of my fellow boomers are getting back into biking as a primary mode of exercise. How about it?