By Greg Conderacci
Let’s suppose you’re a fat, old guy who doesn’t like doing intervals, but hates getting dropped by the pack. (I’m guilty on all counts.) Is an e-bike the only alternative?
But a counter-intuitive option that’s worked for me is buying a ridiculously heavy set of “training wheels.”
During the week, when I’m not trying to impress anybody, I’m riding beefy 32-spoke wheels with Schwalbe Marathon Plus tires. The set-up is a whopping three pounds heavier than my “good” wheels. When I first mounted them on my bike, riding felt like going uphill on a muddy road into a headwind.
But then I got used to it. And I like the way the wheels don’t go out of true and the tires don’t flat.
And, when I take them off and put on lighter wheels…well, it feels like riding an e-bike!
Greg Conderacci is a marketing consultant and a former Wall Street Journal reporter, non-profit entrepreneur, and investment bank chief marketing officer. In Getting UP!, he brings you the same skills he teaches at a top graduate school and Fortune 500 companies. Lots of people promise better performance … Greg proves it. Using his energy techniques, in 2015 he rode a bicycle across America in just 18 days — averaging 150 miles a day.