...you never forget how to ride a bike. I hadn't had a leg over one in almost twenty years until the quick spin down the block last night. I got a chance to go out for a short but real ride (about 30 minutes) this afternoon.
The ride felt real good. Even outran a pack of mutts, though I'm glad they caught me on the flat and not going up hill 'cause I sure don't have the legs I used to! I wore a bike helmet for the first time in my life today, too. I guess I must be getting old and feeling my mortality
This suspension fork is going to take some getting used to. Everything feels mushy and I keep thinking a tire is going flat on me. Also doesn't feel like I can corner as fast, though logically I would think one could corner faster with a suspension fork as it seems the wheel should have less tendency to bounce over small bumps. Maybe the upright riding position of this hybrid is the real impediment to cornering, CG a lot higher than I remember from my road bikes of a few millenia ago.
The elliptical glider has certainly helped with conditioning. I didn't have much problem with the several moderate hills I hit. I only wound up in granny a couple of times and the 28-32 combo of the granny seemed sufficient for the worst of them, slowing me to a crawl but spinning well with little strain on the legs. The hills were more boring, moving at a walking pace in granny, than they were difficult. I think I'll definitely need a bit lower gearing if I do any long/loaded tours, though. We'll see how this crankset goes through the summer, anyway. The only long rides I plan before fall are all unloaded and sagged, so the 48-38-28 should do for now.
Love the direct-pull cantilever brakes! They make the old centerpull calipers feel like dragging your feet ala Flinstone!