Well today i went for a ride down the Cambridge to Paris trail after work (only part of it). I actually managed 20kms round trip and am quite pleased. I used to ride 20kms on the humber trail offten before i quite cycling 11 years ago (its been just shy of a month now being back on a bike). I forced myself to keep a pretty easy steady pace rather than wear myself out going as fast as i can witch is what i think played the biggest factor in me actually making it.
At the same time i kind wish i went a bit further as when i got back to the truck i felt i still had a bit left (but its hard to judge how tired/sore i was gona be on the return trip). But theirs always next weekend gona try starting from the other end. And during the week i just gona keep doing my short local rides every day. None the less i expect i will be feeling this tommorow LOL but it was fun and worth it. (Kinda wishi brought my camera but dont know how i would.
Anyways after todays ride though i have a few questions and came once again to lean on your guys expertice.
-How hard should i push myself. I know thats a hard question to aswer but generally do you guys ride every day or just a few times a week. And if every day do you really push yourself every day.
-I transported my bike to the trail in the back of my truck (Little Ford Ranger Short Box). All i did was lie the bike down in the back with the left bar leaning on the wheel well. Is their a better way to secure the bike in the truck should i take the front wheel off and strap it in or is lieing the bike down good enuff (their was no damage i can see done to the bike but dont want any damage in the future either).
-I have a pretty badly damaged right hand (work injury i keep putting the surgery off for) and it was really hurtin by the time i got back to my truck. I noticed some mountine bikes had vertical bars on the ends of the handle bars and i was thinking that help by removing some of the weight off my wrists when on longer sections of trail.
-And lastly i am starting to think it be cool to have a odometer/speedo on the bike are their any built that can take the abuse of the occashional semi ruff trail ride as eventually thats what i want to aim for.
Anyways thanx for the all ready sound advice and for puttting up with my slogging of questions once again. I ask now as next week i plan to take the bike in for its complimentry first service and would probly just get the add ons then if it can be done and dont cost too much.