Riding on gravel roads with my Trek 7100
I was able to beat the ridiculous 90 degree heat today
by setting my alarm at 6:30am and going for a bike ride near a local lake. I've always owned junk mountain bikes from retail establishments with huge knobby tires so I was a little nervous venturing down a gravel road I wanted to explore. With the hybrid bike I so proudly own the tires don't look like they are meant for any type of trail riding, period. But, they are a little beefier than race bike slicks. Anyway, I took the road, hoping I wouldn't pop a tire and surprisingly they did just fine. I managed to take this access road back to a dog park and along the way saw some older gents flying electric airplanes. I stopped and started talking to them and one guy let me fly his plane. Pretty cool. Long story short the tires held up fine and I wasn't nervous heading back at all. The road was only about a mile and it twisted and turned but still, I wasn't sure a hybrid type bike was truly meant to go off smooth pavement. I wanted to find out now before I rode 30 miles from home one day and hit a gravel road.
Getting a quality bike and exploring my area is my new favorite thing to do in life. What freedom! Who would of thought I'd be flying an electric airplane this morning.
Getting out there and being with nature and nice human beings who enjoy the same types of things is great. Now, if I could only move away from this dreaded city where the heat is so unbearable. I'd love to move up North or Northeast area. Vermont would be nice. I dislike Southern Ohio and the hot, humid weather. Yuck! You have to get up pretty early to even enjoy a few hours outside.
But, I do love my bike!