We have been enjoying a long stretch of dry, sunny weather here in the UK - which is very unusual! I have been able to take advantage of the dry days and have been clocking up the miles almost every day. Over the past week I have been riding my lightweight racing bike - Columbus alloy frame, carbon forks, Campagnolo wheels and gears. It has been a delight to speed along the roads on a responsive bike and hill climbing has been better.
Today I chose the Xootr Swift and was shocked to find how heavy it was compared to my racing machine. We Swifters know that the bike is light for a folder but it carries a fair amount of weight compared to the racing machines. I was dissapointed when I set off for the ride as the Swift felt sluggish but after about a mile I readjusted to the folder and really enjoyed the day out. I rode about 25 miles along familier lanes and noted that my cruising speed was much slower than on the racer but it did not feel bad.
Although I enjoyed playing at racing on the other bike, the Swift showed me that there is more to cycling than mph. I took my time to enjoy the sunshine and even took a little detour off the main road along a river bank (photo). The birds were singing, the bees were buzzing and the butterflies were flitting. My Xootr showed me that riding with your nose against the front tyre is not the best way to see the world!
You cannot compare a Swift with a lightweight racing machine of course - they are made for different duties. I am glad I noticed the difference as it enabled me to appreciate what cycling is all about and what a great little bike the Swift is.