I always wanted a stationary bike in the apartment. I’m not sure why I didn’t do it sooner. Maybe because I was using the gym on a regular basis or maybe because my last apartment building didn’t have an elevator and if I wanted to get anything upstairs, I had to consider the ridiculous 5 flights to my place. Now, I have an elevator, so easy peasy. Plus, I don’t go to the gym nearly as much. Over the past four years I got used to home workouts.
I also got used to buying different fitness equipment. I’ve become a shameless collector because variation. But I’ll admit there was a time when I was struggling with my identity, motivation and fitness goals. For a little while I was looking for something outside to make my inside feel better, and in the meantime I accumulated tons of interesting fitness stuff. Right about the time I started to change my attitudes and perspectives in life, I started my research for stationary bikes.
The latest badass equipment and so far, the most expensive is the Schwinn 130. I got it for dirt cheap – $110 bucks! – from someone who was selling it on the LetGo App. She admitted to buying it because her doctor told her she shouldn’t run anymore due to her plantar fasciitis. So, she bought the bike, but with her busy job schedule and never being home, she never used it. I think it’s crazy that she spent over $500.00 for a bike she never tried. She was kind enough to let me try the bike at her house. Then I lugged the Schwinn on a dolly back to the apartment, which was roughly 18 blocks. It was totally worth it!
The Schwinn being in great condition made me super happy! I jumped on the bike as soon as I got home. I didn’t think anything could go wrong. BUT by the second day, my body awareness was strong. It was then I realized the bike seat was digging hard into my sit bones. The pain was unbearable. I felt the hairs on my body standing up and within 7 minutes I felt my body cringe and posture cave in. Not even the gel cover that came for free with the rest of the bike supported me in any way. Pedaling became a problem!
So, I found a bike shop to measure my sit bones and bought a new sexy seat – Respiro Athletic Bike Saddle Unisex. Instantly, it felt different. I can now pedal continuously with less pain. Within the second week, I bought women’s bike shorts to be extra. And it turns out that it was leaving my vagina numb. I got off the bike believing I broke my lady parts somehow. I returned the bike shorts with gel padding. I love my Schwinn, but I have to tell you that I’m learning more about seat position, bike shorts, saddles, millimeters, bibs and a whole host of other shit I never thought I’d get into.
Work is always in progress.