9 am and the new rider turned up-Paul. He saw me yesterday and said he wanted to ride with us so I decided on a flat ride and any one else could join in providing they realised it was without pace and no drop. Paul had a new bike- Full suspension $75 job from the internet
Didn't even start to get on the road till 30 minutes later after adjusting the saddle- deraillers and brakes. Well we didn't adjust the brakes but warned Paul not to get above 10mph on any downhill bit. 4 others and me including Mick who only came out for his first ride last week Decided the marshes would be a good ride- nice and flat and not much traffic.
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Couple of pics before the marshes and Paul is in the black and Mick in the white jersey. Mick has my OCR and it is set up for him and is used to it now. He knows how it works and what he is capable of on it. Paul Knew nothing. "How do you get into the small ring on the front doug?" was his first question. His second after 10 miles was "Do the saddles always hurt this much?" So as you can see- Paul was a brand new rider but he learnt fast. Due to the pain Paul was already in- we did not get to the marshes. Decided instead to get a breakfast in at Eastbourne.
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As you may be able to tell from the angle Paul is on the saddle- He had a lot of guts to ride that far but he still had to get home--After the Pie and coffee of course but I did have Pie -honest- but I was hungry waiting for breakfast to arrive and ate that first. You can see by the empty plate.
Mick is fine and he will be taken on a 40 miler next week with a few hills. He has to get bike fit quick as he is entered in a 71 miler in August but he will make it. Paul "MAY" make it- providing we can get a better bike for him but still a long way to go for him. Think he is fit enough but the body is gong to have to adjust. Mainly to get used to that "Razor Blade" that is on his bike at present.
And just a "Funny" incident. On the way back we came across an abandoned bike. Obvious it was abandoned and very recently too. None of us took a second look and the others were berating the standard of the bike. Paul poinetd out that it was exactly the same colour- Model- and manufacture as his bike.
So someone else agrees that Paul has to get a NEW BIKE.