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Liking Biking, Except It’s A Pain In The B**t

As I get more addicted to cycling I’m taking longer rides, and I pay for it out the other side…the backside, to be precise.

After a little research I realized that my cruiser saddle is probably the issue–the wide cushy back of the seat puts pressure on my coccyx.  The rest of my nethers are fine FYI, or TMI perhaps–but I’m reluctant to buy a more ergonomic saddle because, well, let’s face it: ergonomic saddles with cutouts for your tailbone don’t come in cute painted patterns like the saddle that came with The Bridal Bike.

How Can A Cruiser Be Such A Bruiser? A Fat Saddle Does Not Always A Comfy Ride Make.

So I tried moving my seat forward a little today, and it did seem to help–rode ten miles with reduced pain, though this might also be because I’m riding more frequently and building some strength/endurance, even around the bony bits.

Also experiencing reduced thigh pain this week; I have implemented a post-ride protocol that I believe helps.  As soon as I get home, I lie on the floor with my legs up against the wall or on a chair, for 5-10 minutes.  I learned this from a marathoner back when I ran some; the theory is “draining” the legs after exertion helps move soreness agents out (the lactic acid theory of soreness has been debunked, but some other mechanism might be triggered by reversing the blood flow after a long haul, I dunno.)  Maybe it’s a blood pressure thing, maybe placebo, who knows, but I like it.  After a ten-miler you deserve to lie down for a few minutes, don’t you think?

So listen you other oldtimers: get out there on the road!  Don’t worry if your bones bark a little at first–that’s going to happen with any new exercise once you’re over 30.  If a nearly 50-year-old broad with previous injuries and orthopedic problems like myself can start a cycling program, so can you.  Roll on, and see you on the bike path!

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June 11, 2010 at 8:27 pm 1 comment

BikeWeddings.Com on Facebook!

Yeah, we started a Facebook page, feel free to comment and become a Fan here!

If you haven’t seen our main webpage, you can find that at BikeWeddings.com, along with all the information about our bike wedding services.  The awesome bike wedding shown on the site was awesomely photographed by the awesome Mr. Steven Lam of Steven Lam Photography, who is also BikeWeddings’ awesome exclusive photographer and a big bike nut–check out his blog to see not only his photos but his bikey news as well.

Aforementioned awesome photos by Steven Lam Photography

May 29, 2010 at 9:55 pm 1 comment

Venice Ride: The Rose Cafe

Took a little meet-up ride today with my friend Geoff; while I was waiting at our appointed corner I was greeted by “The Chief of Venice Beach,” also astride his bicycle.  He admired my bike and I admired his;  The Contessa seems to living up to my hopes as a conversation piece and a sure smile-starter.

Geoff and I rode up to The Rose Cafe, a very bike-friendly Venice establishment that sports not only a brand new back patio and a finely-appointed gift shop, but a CHOICE of bike racks–hanging, wide, or narrow wheel.  Impressive!  Looks like they do catering and events too (and hey, they have wedding cakes available too–hmm, this has possibilities!)  It would be a great place for a bridal bike party to meet up afterwards for some cakery and gifting, or maybe I could learn to ride balancing a couple of their party platters on my head….

It was a gloomy overcast day, very autumnal, so Geoff and I both had oatmeal–yum for a gloomy-day tum!–and we talked about marriage, divorce, and weddings for a long time. There was much food for thought in addition to the breakfast, and I’ll have to cook up a little Examiner column on our conversation soon (and thanks, Geoff!)

The Contessa performed well today–now that the rubbing tire and loose chain have been Bicycle Repairmaned by the boys over at L.A. Brakeless, all blessings upon their mighty Allen wrenches and willing hearts.  It was a productive ride–liked the Rose Cafe, Geoff laid out a lot of thoughtful ideas about his experiences of marriage, and hey! I even earned a new monikker from one of the Venice Boardwalk fixtures!  As Geoff and I rode over to the bike path on our way home, a vendor guy saw the heart on my bike flag and cried out jubilantly: “Hey!  The Love Lady’s here!” I waved and chinged my bell, and he continued, “When I find me a girlfriend and get married, I’m calling you!”  I shouted back, “I’ll be there!”  and laughed.

Guess the smile-starting cuts both ways on the boardwalk bike path.

The official RosePedalsBikeWeddings.Com colors
The official RosePedalsBikeWeddings.Com colors

August 19, 2009 at 4:54 am 4 comments

Meet The Contessa

It’s finally coming to together now!  The months of pondering and planning and sweating are starting to manifest in visible form.  The Bridal Bike–or “The Contessa” as I like to call her, as she is rather high-maintenance and thus far hasn’t done a lick of work–is now almost fully appointed, I’m populating the RosePedalsBikeWeddings.com website this weekend, and starting to get nervous about booking my first bike wedding gig.  I’ve been a wedding officiant for almost ten years now so it’s not like I don’t know how to marry people, but somehow figuring out the logistics of bike weddings is making me a little scared…and very excited.

"The Contessa"

"The Contessa"

August 7, 2009 at 10:31 pm 1 comment


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