A Tiny Triumph (For Me)

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For several weeks I’ve been trying to pedal up a long, low hill. I have to pedal standing up, which is harder than doing it sitting down, to generate more power. About three-quarters of the way up, my legs fail and it’s all I can do not to fall down.

The other day it seemed much harder than usual, my legs failed sooner, and I almost had a spill. Heading back home, I was almost there when I happened to glance downward, and discovered that my front tire was a wee bit flat. This happens to bikes that are kept outside, as mine is. So I went to the gas station down the block to pump up my tires.

After that, the bike felt downright sprightly, and I could hardly wait to tackle the hill again. The next day–whoosh! Straight up, all the way, with no fail at all.Victory at last!

The moral of the story is, a little more air, the proper amount, made all the difference. It was something which I should have remembered from my boyhood, but had quite simply forgotten because, let’s face it, about fifty years had gone by since I’d last filled bicycle tires.

Success does come a lot easier when you remember those basic preparations for it.

2 comments on “A Tiny Triumph (For Me)

  1. How true. Amazing how often we forget the “little things” just because the action has become so familiar we no longer think we need to check everything out. A good reminder.

  2. Good job, Lee! I’m happy to hear it worked 🙂 I think most of us who haven’t ridden a bike since we were children might not think of that right off either.

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