Clearing the top tube…

You know you’re getting old when you stoop to tie your shoelaces and wonder what else you could do while you’re down there.
George Burns – 1896-1996


With my interest in bicycling renewed, I took a look at my older road bike. This bike seemed like a good item to sell on eBay and I learned that a local bike store would pack and mail it for me, for a fee, of course. Last weekend, I took the bike outside to wash it before I took photos of it for my future eBay posting. As I washed every inch of the bike, I fell in love with it all over again. It’s a Terry Classic — a glorious road bike designed for women by Georgena Terry, a mechanical engineer and avid cyclist. This particular model in this particular size, perfectly fits me.


It’s such a beautiful bike and so much fun to ride that I thought I really should keep it. I’d only get a few hundred dollars for it and I can go back to riding it once I completely regain my confidence on my hybrid.

Then, I started to get on the bike and realized I couldn’t get my leg over the seat or the top tube. Gad, my hips were too stiff from sitting at a desk for years. I realized that I had aged out of this type of bike and thought that I might as well sell it.

Back inside, I decided to consult Google. I searched, “Can’t swing leg over bike” and discovered that quite a few people have the same problem. Then I found exercises for loosening hip muscles at 12 Hip-Opening Yoga Poses and decided to give that a try. So far, I’ve only tried the Reclined Bound Angle Pose, and already I can feel some slight improvement in my hip flexibility.

Conventional wisdom for many years has been Use It or Lose It, but researchers are finding that even the elderly can make improvements in their strength and flexibility if they work at it. I resolve to work at it.

Postscript —

In the end, I decided to sell my Terry bike on eBay.  I was sorry to see it go, but it seemed to be the right thing to do. I’m thinking of buying a Tern folding bike to take on road trips. ☺️

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