I want to ride my bicycle.

I bought a used Talera mountain bike over a year ago… and barely rode it until recently.

My left knee was reconstructed in March, and the physical therapist told me biking would help it heal.

For several months after my surgery it was implossible to ride a bike, my range of motion had not come back yet.

When I could pedal again I started doing shorter rides…..

In the last few weeks I’ve been pedaling a 17 mile route through Wesley Chapel and New Tampa, mostly on trails and sidewalks…. takes me almost 2 hours, but it feels great when I’m done. 17 miles is no bullshit!

The bike also fits in the back of my Volt!

I went from going 170mph on a 200hp Kawasaki ZX-14 to pedaling at 15mph through the suburbs… but I’m healthier, so there’s that.

170mph is an adrenaline rush, for sure. NOT real healthy if something goes sideways at that speed.

I could still get walloped by a car on my mountain bike… so I wear a DayGlo yellow high vis t-shirt.


I hope y’all are vaccinated!

Have a great Labor Day!

-Ben Alexander

September 6, 2021

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