Join Date: Dec 2005
Location: Brighton, UK
Bikes: Rocky Mountain Solo, Specialised Sirrus Triple (quick road tourer), Santana Arriva Tandem
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Heavy bikes that don't fit are the way to go
I'm just back from a holiday which included a cycling week in Brittany and Normandy in Northern France.
A group of 20 of us who have taken bike holidays before in Scandinavia and Russia. This time, though, we rented bikes from a tour company, and very pleasant and efficient the people were too. (Before, we'd taken our own bikes).
So, on arrival, we got to adjust the rental bikes. Sturdy one-size fits all roadsters made from recycled railway lines. If you tried to check one in on an aeroplane, you'd be paying 20kg excess weight!
Initial impressions - blimey, this ain't right. But, as all accepted, we could think that things were wrong or just think that's it's a vacation and enjoy it.
At the end of the vacation, everyone was exchanging grins and photos about what we'd seen and the excellent group dinners and how much we'd enjoyed it.
And today I took my own bike out for a spin - and I've never been so fast. It felt great to ride a bike in my own size weighting a fraction of the rental.
I'm not going so far as to think that the next N+1 should be a clunker --- but resistance training works
Best wishes to all