that extra cushion..On the taking pictures to find your way back, I got lost several times in Peru, LOL,
think God for Nextel and friends that live there..So many streets. pedestrians, cars, motorcyclist, bicycles,
only takes 3 or 4 miles and you can get turn around easy..Richard
Stay on the middle ring until you get a couple thousand miles in your legs. You are young and might damage your knees if you ride as hard as you can. Work on spinning and aerobic workout. Don't worry about your speed, Ditch the cycle computer and get a heart rate monitor. Or use both, but work on cardiovascular first, strength later. It sounds like you are already pretty strong. Try to ride for at least 30 minutes at a time.
Welcome to bikeforums. Enjoy the ride!
Well I thought I would pull a good one on my son, 10-27-2010 went on a speed ride, him riding the new
Schwinn Tourist, me the new F4. I lead the draft with about a 15 MPH tailwind, ( LOL ..and on the way back
told him I would draft him. ( I,m a cheater Laugh ), he was cranking it out. Very proud of him ! I noticed the
last 500 yards from our driveway he was starting to struggle, made my move, passed him by a few feet,
heard him say OH NO ! Next thing I know he was passing me like nothing, beat me by a 100 yards to the driveway.
( BUT ) our drive is about 1./2 mile long rough gravel road and about 350' descent with a large speed bump about half way down to keep
the cars from going to fast. On the old Trailways I could manage around 15 MPH going down, crashed once though, but on the new F4 probably 25 MPH, caught air on the speed bump, and was at the house half way
through an adult beverage before he skillfully masters his way down it...Hats off to him for owning me on the road ride ! But the few second down hill was AWESOME, and a little scary ! I was flying down the drive..
Christopher and Richard !
I didn't take a picture but I had a 17 mile slow ride with 3 other people and all but one of them was a hybrid. We stopped halfway a local park for a snack. Honestly, it was too slow but that's life!
In theory there is no difference between theory and practice. In practice there is. - Yogi Berra
Here is the C-Dales first commute to town, it was a really good trip. I seem to get there much faster, probably
do to the more aggressive riding style, not catching as much wind. But as you can see this is not a very bike
friendly place to ride.. , and the ride home was
so much more hill friendly with the different gearing. It is a mule for hauling stuff ! and rides great ! , and still seems faster..Richard
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It was the getting in and out of here that is the killer... this area sits mid way on what has to be one of the hardest climbs out of the valley and I only have a 44:34 for a low.
It goes up nearly 1000 feet from the valley floor over less than 3000 feet... 300 metres up over less than a km.
Think that puts the grade at over 12%.
This will give you a good idea of my route... I was coming down the valley and then crossed the river some km down the road and rode up to where you see those buildings on the other side.
The picture I posted previously was taken half way up where there are all kinds of interesting trails and it is a favourite place for me to go and escape the city without leaving the city.
What I really like about the set up on the Moulden is that I can strip the rack and fenders in under 5 minutes as the rear fender is attached to the rack and the front fender unclips.
Then I have a sub 24 pound bike for really rocking the trails.
I installed cross levers so I could get farther back on the saddle on these types of descents and and it's like a cross bike on steroids.
Rode in the Colorado Springs Veterans Day Parade, with the "Veteran Powered Vechical Group"! LOL, all kinds of trick bikes and trikes so we figured we were representing all the "poor" folks who just ride plan hybrids.
Take care, RIDE SAFE, have FUN!
1993 Mongoose Switchback Ridged MTB, converted to a "Rail Trail Bike"! :)
GAP in the late fall is awesome rode yesterday it will be the last time this year I get to ride thru the Big Savage tunnel as it will be closing 12/1/10. Will be riding tomorrow somewhere else on the GAP maybe out of Ohiopyle PA.
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Take life one day at a time and live well each day..
2009 Trek 7500 (mine)
2009 Trek 7300 (hers)
Today my hybrid took me to my driveway and then to my garage.
It was extremely bad weather here today, so I wasn't in for an actual ride but instead I decided to give her a serious cleaning.
First, I hosed her down on the driveway to get rid of all the mud.
Then, I Washed her with soap & sponge.
Finally, I completely re-lubed her with PTFE-spray and silicon spray where needed.
Nothing was left to chance and I took care of bottom bracket bearings, derailleurs, stanchion tubes, brake levers, brake cable housings, brake arm pivot points, hubs, internals of my gripshifts, gear cable housings, chain, chainrings, cassette, hubs on second wheelset, cassette on second wheelset, etc...
I even cleaned the machined braking sections of my rims to get rid of grease and improve braking in the future
Same ride different day