COVID Life (ONE)

Exercise


Preface


Everyone knows that since the new COVID-19 epidemic began to spread globally on a large scale, most factories around the world have entered the dilemma of suspension of work and production. Therefore, all bicycles in the United States have entered a state of shortage. You can easily search for this on Google. In Today’s article, we will mainly talk about my complete experience of using a bicycle during the epidemic.


Introduction


First of all, I would like to introduce to you my original intention to buy a bicycle: there is a mountain near my home, very close to my home that it only takes about ten minutes for us to walk there. There are not many people climbing here in the United States, and the mountains here are hilly, which is more suitable for cycling. When I first started climbing, I met many mountain bikers. I feel that this exercise is very suitable for me. I can not only experience the refreshing feeling when going downhill but also provide myself with challenges and opportunities to exercise when going uphill. It is the best exercise tool during the epidemic to provide myself with challenges and opportunities to exercise. So I have the idea to buy a mountain bike.


Purchase


Because this is the first time for my family to buy a bicycle, my parents and I have a try mentality. Because we are not professionals and don't know the details of car purchase, we went to a local physical store and learned that the bicycle supply in the United States is not in demand. Moreover, the store's main product is a professional mountain bike, and the price is on the high side, which is beyond our budget. Therefore, the plan to buy a mountain bike once ran aground. After a period of searching and understanding, we are still ready to take advantage of the preferential activities of the "double 11" Shopping Festival in China to buy a bicycle. However, after three hours of struggle, we found that the cost of air transportation from China to the United States is really high. As far as we know, this is because the global tourism industry has almost stopped running, and most of the specialized cargo planes are still used to transport materials to fight against the epidemic. As the price of freight has been on the high side, we have to find a way to buy one directly in the United States. It's a bike. Later in the day, my parents and I started picking bikes on Amazon but found that the cheaper mountain bikes on Amazon had all kinds of bad reviews. This made my parents think that these bicycles have safety risks, so they didn't agree with me to buy them.

So far, my whole car purchase plan seems to be in a closed loop. But because the whole purchase of the car was not very urgent, I included it in my second quadrant, that is, the "important but not urgent" quadrant. So I wrote it down in my schedule to remind myself to pay attention to it every time I go shopping.

After a period of time, I finally decided to go to Wal Mart to buy accessories at the end of November. So we went to a faraway Wal-Mart to have a look. I've been to Wal Mart near my home before, and I generally know what they sell there, so I want to go to this remote Wal Mart to have a look at bicycles and try my luck. Generally speaking, the shopping experience was very good. I fell in love with a red and black mountain bike. After my father and I tried to ride it, we decided to buy it. Although my later experience shows that the decision to buy a car is still a little thoughtless. But after so many car buying processes, I am still proud of my decision, because this is the first time that I have bought a bicycle on my own. No matter what the final result is, at least I have grown up and improved.


First experience


On the day I bought it, I wore a helmet and rode my bike around my neighborhood several times. Because we bought this bicycle directly, we didn't assemble it by ourselves. On the one hand, we think the assembly process is time-consuming, and we have never assembled a variable-speed bicycle. Afraid to buy a 200 dollar lesson, in the end, we directly bought the complete bicycle in the store.

The feeling of cycling that day was very good. I was very happy all the time. But the next day, I found some problems when I started to ride farther. First of all, this bike gave me the feeling that it was bulky. Of course, I couldn't buy a very high-end and light bike at this price, so I didn't care much about it. Secondly, I feel that this car is too tired to ride, and it is very difficult to climb a little slope. Later, I found out the reason, which I will mention later. After I finished a few laps, I decided to let my parents try a few laps and let them experience their opinions. But to my surprise, my parents thought it was good and easy to ride. This makes me feel very strange, but I can't find the reason.

What we bought is a mountain bike. I always feel that I have to ride a circle on the mountain to complete this "first experience" perfectly. Even if I can't ride on the mountain or at the foot of the mountain, it's OK. So on the weekend of that week, I took my parents to ride a circle at the foot of the mountain near my home. My experience is neither good nor bad. The overall purpose of cycling has been achieved. After a very good to achieve, in the uphill can exercise, and there are speed grades for me to choose, more perfect, convenient exercise purpose.


Mistake


It has been more than half a month since I bought this bicycle. In such a period of time, I also made a "major" mistake. That mistake was in a daily cycling process. That day, my parents wanted to take me to a community opposite my home. They told me that there was a small park there, which was very lovely and beautiful. So that day, I rode slowly behind my parents and chatted with them while cycling. At that time, I was still in a very exciting stage after I bought a bicycle. There happened to be a lot of downhill on that road. I personally enjoyed this kind of downhill, because you don't need to spend a little effort, you can also feel the wind blowing through your ears. So that day, after I went down the slope, I felt like I was still in my mind, so I decided to ride it up again to experience it again. When I went down the slope, I especially increased my speed to pursue a more extreme experience. But I overlooked one point. I had never walked that road, and it was very dark that day, and there were no street lights on the side of the road. I didn't think much at that time. My brain was in a state of relaxation and enjoyment, and I didn't notice that there was a wayfarer in front of me. I ran into it. At that time, I was startled, and there was no passer-by that day, and a "zizi hiss" voice was very harsh. I immediately got off the car to check and found that the tire seemed to leak. I called my parents and moved the bicycle to the nearest street lamp to check the situation. At that time, I was very nervous, and once thought that my parents wanted to scold me for not cherishing the newly bought bicycle, but I didn't like it My parents understood me very well and didn't criticize me too much. They just helped me analyze and solve problems from an objective point of view. It was the three of us who took turns carrying the bike home that night.

After my father bought a new tube, I tried not to make a big mistake.


Experience of going up the mountain


On the afternoon of December 13, after class, my family decided to go mountain climbing to relax. On my strong suggestion, my parents agreed to my request to ride a bike. The whole process of climbing up the mountain was very difficult and tiring, but after I climbed up the mountain, the feeling of the breeze was still very comfortable.

The first part of the road into the mountain is very easy, only the road up the mountain is more difficult to walk, the bicycle is pushed up by my father and me in turn. But after that, there was a big downhill, which was also very steep. I didn't have the confidence to ride it all at once, so I asked my father to try it first. But my father rode very easily. My mother observed it and thought that the slope was just right for me. It was not particularly steep, but it had a certain slope, which was very suitable for me. So in order to practice courage, I tried. In the beginning, I was still very nervous. Every time my bike trembled because of the stones, it seemed to shake in my heart. My mind was highly concentrated, and I firmly grasped the handlebar with both hands, for fear that I would fall. But the final result for me is still a little unexpected, I finished the whole downhill very smoothly, it seems that it is not as terrible as I thought at the beginning. So I immediately shared my feelings with my mother. She seemed to have expected this for a long time, and I was very happy that she did not mean to praise me.

In the later journey, we passed a big puddle. At that time, I was more curious about why there was a big puddle and it was still flowing out. After the analysis of my parents and I, we thought that it should be a small stream, but there was only a small puddle because of the lack of rain all year round. I looked at the map carefully and found that this puddle and the nearby lake are similar in location and water level, so we agreed with this view.

On the way back home from the end of the path, we passed the puddle again. At that time, several senior high school students who were slightly older than me waded directly across the puddle. I saw that they splashed high waves and talked happily after they passed. I also wanted to try it myself. My parents didn't object to it, just let me pay attention to it. Then I rushed down from a high slope, because it was the first time I played like this, and I was a little scared. I didn't mention the fastest speed, which led to my whole body getting wet. But I felt very cool and excited, so I invited my father to have a try, and my mother took pictures for us. The photos I took were very good-looking. Although I was covered with sand and water, I have to say that it was a very reminiscent memory. We agreed to try again next time when we are more ready.


Accident


This short paragraph is mainly about the first time I dropped the chain after I got the car. Of course, I had ridden an ordinary bicycle before. Dropping the chain is a common thing for everyone who owns a bicycle. But to tell you the truth, it's really my first accident that the chain got stuck. I've never faced this knowledge before. Now I'll tell you Tell everyone.

It was a good day for sports. As usual, I got on my bike after school and took exercise around several neighborhoods near my home. Originally, the first few laps were good, but there was a problem at the end of the ride. Just at the last uphill, my bike suddenly couldn't ride. I immediately realized that something was wrong, and found my parents who were also exercising for help. My father first tried to pick out the stuck chain with the branches picked up by the roadside, but the result showed that it didn't work, so I went to bed. We pushed the car home and began to think about countermeasures. In the beginning, we tried to remove the whole flywheel directly, but after the initial attempt, we found that it was wrong. First of all, we don't have a special bicycle dismantling tool to dismantle the pedals, which leads to the fact that we can't start to dismantle the flywheel disc. Secondly, we can't find our flat blade screwdriver, so there's no labor-saving way to dismantle the flywheel disc. So after my father and I spent a long time searching for information on the Internet, we decided to take the oldest, most direct, and most violent method: directly use a screwdriver to lift the car chain. In the first two days, my father and I took turns trying to lift the car chain out, but the result was not very optimistic. Every time we sweated, there was no progress. It wasn't until a few days later that Dad finally pulled out the chain of the car. We were very happy.

After installing the chain, my father and I began to find out the reason for the difficulty of cycling. Soon my father found out the root of the problem: there was a problem with the transmission system of the car, which was why I jammed the chain directly when I was going uphill to shift gears. Then we actively looked for solutions. Finally, we found several teaching videos on how to adjust the grade of variable speed bicycles on YouTube to help us solve this problem. Now I don't save much energy, but I'm more comfortable on the whole.


Postscript


The first part of the road into the mountain is very easy, only the road up the mountain is more difficult to walk, the bicycle is pushed up by my father and me in turn. But after that, there was a big downhill, which was also very steep. I didn't have the confidence to ride it all at once, so I asked my father to try it first. But my father rode very easily. My mother observed it and thought that the slope was just right for me. It was not particularly steep, but it had a certain slope, which was very suitable for me. So to practice courage, I tried. In the beginning, I was still very nervous. Every time my bike trembled because of the stones, it seemed to shake in my heart. My mind was highly concentrated, and I firmly grasped the handlebar with both hands, for fear that I would fall. But the final result for me is still a little unexpected, I finished the whole downhill very smoothly, it seems that it is not as terrible as I thought at the beginning. So I immediately shared my feelings with my mother. She seemed to have expected this for a long time, and I was very happy that she did not mean to praise me.

Overall, I learned a lot from this experience. The epidemic may not only bring bad effects, it will also let you jump out of your comfort zone and meet better challenges. To be honest, if there was no epidemic, I might not have bought a bicycle this time. The epidemic makes us stay at home for a long time. We should also go out more, not only for our own health but also for the health of others and the whole environment. The California government has made restrictions on many public places and facilities, but it has not blocked the exercise routes in various places and even recommended that we go out more. So we should also take action, otherwise, the fat can't leave us.



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