In another thread I spoke about my wife and I bringing our 42 year old Raleighs back into service. Well yesterday I picked mine up and took it out for a short test ride, but this morning I took my first real ride in over thirty years.
Now obviously by "real ride" I'm not putting myself in league with most of you here. My old bod just isn't up to that yet. But I did do some serious riding for about about thirty minutes, including both flat bike paths and (alas) the hills that have to be conquered to reach anything more than a hundred yards from my home. This is, after all, the Monadnocks, named for the mountains (Mt. Monadnock and Pk. Monadnock) and their respective foothills that surround my home East and West.
I kept within a relatively short distance from my home by going to a local bike path and going first one direction, then back past my entry point, the other, then back home.
My reason for the above was two fold: One, I really wasn't sure how I'd do, the other was lack of confidence in just-out-of-storage the bike.
In truth I needn't have worried about either, although we both were found in need of some adjustment.
As to me, the Brooks saddle just put on my bike (and older "Brooks Professional" - see below) is narrower than any I'd ridden on in the past, although a good fit according to the reading of the 'assometer' at my local bike shop.
I found the saddle hard but not uncomfortable in the sense that there was not butt burn or chaffing. But then again this was only a half hour ride.
I had no major muscle issues. This, I expect, because I regularly do a lot of brisk walking (several miles per day) and because I have a regimen of stretching given me by a physical therapist after a back injury.
But oh, my heart and lungs on those hills! Getting past this will take time and effort.
But despite the above when I got home I felt well enough to spend some time making small adjustments to the bike (I raised the seat another quarter inch) and tweaked the ultralow/high gear actuator - always a finicky thing on Raleigh internal gear hubs with five speeds.
Anyone who went this route before me having suggestions I'd love to hear them!