Time for a change.
Join Date: Jan 2004
Location: 6 miles inland from the coast of Sussex, in the South East of England
Bikes: Dale MT2000. Bianchi FS920 Kona Explosif. Giant TCR C. Boreas Ignis. Pinarello Fp Uno.
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Originally Posted by centexwoody
I neglected to congratulate you on your good ride & especially getting Tim through the course. That you both rode at a rate to enjoy the ride & not be ambushed by ponies lurking at intersections is also admirable.
So did you want to get out on your road bike immediately? What was your attitude about having to ride the asphalt again - long for more regular off-road again?
Be honest and although I do not enjoy road riding- I do enjoy the rides like this. One of the Organisors asked most at the end if they enjoyed the ride and most answered as I did- "I always enjoy this ride". It is not one of those rides that is going to leave you shattered- no massive great big hills. It is not one of those rides where you see the same scenery all the time. It is not one of those rides where you are playing with idiot car drivers all the Time. It is just one of those good rides. Scenery changing all the time- Weather playing its part in the ride- And the other riders are Fantastic. I had travelled 120 miles to do this ride- and at one of the stops- I met 4 riders from our town. We just keep doing this ride because it is so good. I have done it 6 times now and several from the other group have done it from the year it started. One of them- had a heart attack about 4 years ago and only took up riding then. First time on this ride and he was like Tim- First major ride- but he is in better shape than Tim this morning
Phoned Tim this morning and he is at work- Didn't sleep well last night as the adrenalyn of the ride was still going. Legs were ok- Tips of his fingers are a bit numb and he can sit on a saddle- He tried that before he came into work. Only thing is the body- back aches- shoulders hurt and the brain takes some focusing. He sounded as though he was tired but he asked me if there were any more rides planned for this year.
Incidentally- I did it on the road bike because I had loaned my 26" slicks to one of the other riders, but given a choice-This is a road bike ride. I reckon I could get back to my best time of 4hrs 10 minutes if I pushed myself but that is not what the ride is about. This is a ride to enjoy the atmosphere and you can't do that if you hammer it. The only drawback from my point of view was that I had to look after Tim so much- not that that was a problem but he did take a bit of nursing so not enough camera shots.
Now back to the riding of MTB and Road bike. It is horses for courses. I like Offroading and that is best done on a mountain bike. I also like these organised road rides and they are not really comfortable on a mountian bike. You may have low enough gears for the hills but they are not efficient enough on the road.
Too hevy- Too much weight in the wrong place and too much drag. This is the first time doing this ride on a suitable bike- and I even got down into the drops yesterday. A road bike works- has the more suitable gearing and less drag.
As to getting out on the MTB? Not too worried- as I want to get out on the TANDEM. Stuart has been tied up with work this year so not much riding on it. (Which is why I got the road bike) Only thing is that- I do not want to see any of the boring 6 ft high hedges that are on our local rides on the road. 100k without looking at the scenery- as I did on sunday, would be boring- So it looks like the MTB is all ready to roll for next week- The Tandem has been ready all summer.
How long was I in the army? Five foot seven.