My beautiful new bike and I got off to a somewhat less than auspicious start when *literally* less than 60 seconds into my very first ride I went over the handlebars.
I was all excited, hopped on my bike, rode across the lawn, and was riding down a little terraced spot at the bottom of the driveway, which is all over grown with crown vetch, wasn’t paying attention, was too far forward, and bang! OTB on to the driveway. Scraped up my left elbow & pushed the lever on the rear shifter back (which needs to be replaced
Then, about half way through my second ride on my beautiful new bike I got stung on my left ankle by a bee. It hurt, but I kept riding. My armpits were getting kind of itchy by the time I was riding out, but I thought it was just because the straps of my Camelbak were chafing. Drove home, took a shower and when I looked in the mirror, I was covered from my neck down in hives.
And, my foot was all swollen up.
Went to the Dr. the next day and she said it's time for an EpiPen & make sure I always carry antihistamine with me.
Now, the fall & the bee sting were not the bike’s fault, but still ….. I was a little leery for ride # 3.
But! 3rd ride was a charm!
Awesome ride today. No falls, no stings, nothing but a great ride. I was being careful, not pushing, staying away from the most difficult trails, but things were going so well that I decided to ride one of the real technical trails, and, boy, is that bike wonderful. It holds it’s line, it sucks up all the bumps, it climbs like a mountain goat (those 30 gears do come in handy), descends like a dream, I’m so happy that I didn’t talk myself out of it.