Originally Posted by gattm99
Well yesterday I traded my mountain bike for a Vision R-40. I took it over to my mom and dads house, they live in a subdivision with smooth wide roads. I had road one once and was able to get on this thing and ride it some, but no one else could even get it taken off. Man it was great riding around my old neighboor hood seeing the crazy looks.
It's a great feeling isn't it? Congrats on your decision, I'm sure you won't regret it. As for your bent being hard(er) to ride than a conventional bike, look at it this way:
- You'll master the thing more and more at every ride, and soon enough you'll realize you track straight as an arrow, and you'll feel great about putting the effort to get there
- You'll be the envy of your fellow cyclists who'll all be in awe at "how hard it must be to ride this" telling you they couldn't do it (but *you* can :-)
- Best of all: you can forget bike locks for short stops, because a lot less people are able to pinch a bike and ride away with it if it's not a regular DF. I've personally witnessed a guy mounting my BikeE several years ago, with the obvious intention of stealing it, only to fall miserably after 3 meters (a BikeE isn't hard to ride, but I guess with the adrenalin pumping, the bike not adjusted to him, and trying to pedal against the 46/11 gear I always leave when I abandon the bike for a while, he lost his balance).
Wonder how long it will take me to ride with other people. I'm still a little shaky.
I don't know how tame the R40 is, but I reckon 500km should be more than enough to fully learn how your machine behaves. I suggest this: when I get a new bike, there are three things I do regularly on all possible terrains (roads, paths, dry or wet) until the bike feels like an extension of me: (1) crash-stop the bike, almost lifting the rear wheel, or at the limit of locking the front wheel, (2) take it up the steepest hill I can find, and back down, trying to keep control of the bike at the lowest possible speed going up, and at the highest possible speed going down without panicking, (3) Swerve hard at high speed, to learn how to avoid something in a hurry without trashing yourself in the process. This way I discover my bike's "flight envelope" and get used to staying within them. At the very worst, I can take a tumble, but at least it's in a somewhat controlled environment. It never happened to me though.
Have fun with your new bike!