It may have only been a short ride around a few blocks, but, it was a big first in a number of areas. It was the first time back on the bike outside since November. I never did ride it all that much on the trainer - I used it more for an easy way to set up a bunch of new equipment during the the winter. It was only -4 C. when I went out today ( dressing up in all the cold weather gear is really a bore) but I just couldn't wait. It'll be March next week and I am determined to get back out riding regularly during March.
I had so many new things to try out and you can only tell so much on the trainer. First, I had only ridden on my new Brooks B17 indoors. Secondly, I was dying to try out my new Trekking handlebar set-up. Thirdly, I finally finished mounting my new Carradice saddlebag. And fourthly and perhaps most significantly, I really wanted to see how I would adapt to my new SPD clipless pedals (from toe clips).
I had always said that I would never "go clipless", but I just had to try them.
Well, let me say that, I love it all. Everything was a unqualified success. The Brooks was supremely comfortable - but of course I will wait and see what it feels like after a 100Km. ride. I really like the feel of the handlebars. I look forward to touring this summer with the saddlebag and most importantly, I liked the pedals and didn't have any trouble clipping in and out when I wanted to.
All in all, I'm really pleased.