For reasons completely unavailable to my conscious mind, I did something yesterday that I canít quite explain. My youngest son asked which bike I liked riding the most. He was referring to three bikes that he sees me ride on a regular basis: 1. Habanero Team Issue; 2. Specialized S-Works Roubaix; and, 3. Jamis Eclipse.
I told him I liked them all and didnít really know which I liked the most. His response was, ďWell, donít you think itís time to find out?Ē That made sense to me at the time. So, off I go on the first bike. What was supposed to be a 10 mile ride turned into a 26 mile ride. The bike felt so good. When I returned home, I reasoned that I should ride the second bike on the same route in order to evaluate it fairly. Once again, Iím off and return 26 miles later. Then itís on to the third bike and the same 26 mile route.
I return home from the third outing and my son says, ďItís a shame you donít have a fourth bike to compare. Then you would have completed and unplanned century.Ē Well, this was just too much to pass up. So, I pull down the 80s Specialized Sirrus that gets used as a rain bike and on the trainer. Out I go to return 26 miles later. It was not my intention to ride a century yesterday, but I ended up with 104 miles. Needless to say, the grass didnít get mowed and awaits my attention today.