Jay on wheels

I used to be an avid bicycle commuter.  That is, I rode my bike to high school every day, refused to get a driver’s license, and told everyone that cars are evil.


I worked in a bicycle shop for a couple years.  It was a miserable business.  I learned a lot about what to in the retail business by seeing that place do it wrong. 


I also got to purchase a bicycle near cost.  I bought a Bridgestone MB2.  Yeah, that’s the tire company.  Oddly, Google can’t find an official site for this line of bikes.  The thing that made them special is that they would mix-and-match the line of parts used.  Compared to a similarly priced bike, they’d use lesser crankarms, but better derailleur.  The latter affects the quality of the ride more, so you end up with a better bike for the price.


A few months after I bought the bike, I was hit by a car.  I was riding home at night, after doing research at the library for a paper on Asimov Robots.  I broke the car’s headlight with leg, slid up the hood, spider-cracked the windshield with my back, slid off (scraping my back on the way), and landed elbow-first on the pavement.  From beginning to end I traveled about 100ft.  No broken bones, but plenty of pain for a few weeks.  The bike was totaled, and replaced with the next model year.


It’s 12 years later and I just started going to a chiropractor for the first time.  I wish I had gone then, maybe I would be in better condition.  Better late than never.


It was actually the second time I got hit by a car while bicycling.  The first time I was riding in a bike lane, and a car turned into a 7-Eleven as I rode by.  I was fine, as was the bike.


When I went to college, I replaced bicycling with smoking & drinking.  On the one hand, I had a lot more fun.  On the other hand, I had a harder time doing fun.


After a decade of decadence, I’m working on taking better care of myself.  That includes getting back on the bike.  It feels good to come back to something so familiar.

Comments (3)

  1. Congratulations! I started biking last year after mostly 20 years of avoiding it. My husband got back into it a few years ago. We love it. He’s riding a Trek Buenos Aires. I’m riding a Burley Hepcat recumbent.

    We’ve been lucky – no major accidents so far. Hopefully you’ll have the same luck.

  2. Jim Argeropoulos says:

    Ah the MB series. They were nice bikes. When I met my wife in college, she was riding an old water pipe special. I was pretty big into mountain biking then, having just purchased a Ritchey. She liked to ride so I offered to help her buy a low end mountain bike. She had the choice of an MB? (forget the model) or a Fisher. She chose the fisher, we have both regretted that ever since. The MB’s rode just like my Ritchey (which I still race).

    I cycle commute 1 mile to work each morning. Hardly much of a commute, but still more fun than driving.

    Isn’t it funny that so many dream of owning a bike shop, and the reality is that the bicycle business is one of the worst retail businesses to be in. In addition you see lots of bad practice performed in bike shops. I doubt I’ll ever go back to working in one. I’d rather get paid to code(play) and then play on the bike after work.