Tuesday, March 06, 2007

it just doesn't add up

when i first moved to austin, i bought a bike from a co-worker (that was also the weekend when i realized just how craptastic texas drivers really are). since then, i've definitely put the schwinny schwinn (i don't know why that name works, but for some reason it just GELS, you know? -- i'm gellin', are you gellin'? worst.ad.ever.) to good use -- especially during ACL as i smugly cruised past the hot, drunk, sweaty, dusty walkers and sailed home in record time -- but it's been a bit neglected as of late.

so when Nicole was in town this past weekend and i was trying to think of ways that would show her the magic that is austin's town lake hike & bike trail, i decided that biking was the answer. i dragged out the trusty ol' schwinny schwinn, we rented her a bike from one of austin's ten million bike shops (i swear everyone thinks they're lance armstrong here) and we hopped to it.

1.5 hours later, we were back at my apartment, tired and hungry but completely content. since then i have gone for several rides on the ol' S.S. and have been faced with a mind-boggling riddle that just doesn't make sense:

my ass is killing me from all that time on the wee little bike seat. KILLING ME. what doesn't make sense is that my ass is and always has been fairly well-padded (which i kinda like). so if one has a fairly well-padded ass, why would sitting on a bike seat cause such pain? shouldn't the natural padding act as a cushion, therefore protecting the rider from painful butt issues?

[shakes head in confusion]



At 3:15 PM, Blogger Will said...

Assuming those weren't rhetorical questions:

1) Most og the padding on most people isn't where it needs to be.

2) Friction causes a lot of the pain, and padding isn't going to help with that, although it could make it worse.

At 7:07 PM, Anonymous lix said...

bike nerd #2 will add that (and please don't take this the wrong way, as this is something i encounter myself routinely), you might be using those glutes in ways to which they are not accustomed. so you get that whole "hurts so good" lactic acid thing going on like the day after lifting weights for the first time in way too long... yay bicycle!

At 7:09 PM, Anonymous lix said...

oh and also, "schwinny-schwinn" works b/c it reminds you of Friday: "up HE-YAH, between harmony and WESTON [or whatever the hell streets he says], we call this here a twinny-TWIIIIN TWIN!" heh heh, good ol' bernie mac. i do love me some Friday.

At 6:06 PM, Blogger Leslie said...

The only cure for that pain is to keep riding and build up your muscles. I know it doesn't seem like it's your muscles that are hurting, but ride a few more times this week and see how you feel.


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