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Old 01-16-10, 12:08 PM   #1
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2nd Bent ride = century!

I got my new Bacchetta Corsa last Tuesday and took it out for a short shake-down ride the same day. On Thursday, I ate my Wheaties and went for a long ride. I did 91 miles and just over 3,000' of climbing - that's at least a "sissy century" in my book. I rode with another recumbent rider on the Palos Verdes peninsula in southern California. Amazingly I have not fallen yet but I have come close a couple of times. We did some hills as steep as 11% so I am starting to face my main fear of the new bike, climbing.

The main reason for the bent was chronic shoulder pain and stress on the upper body on long rides. The ride seemed easier on upper body but I am going through major adjustments on balance, muscles used and riding position. The bike itself is really nice and I think I will really like it. Too early for any definitive comments yet but very promising.

At any rate, I have entered the "dark side" and think I like it!

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Old 01-16-10, 01:39 PM   #2
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Nice transition from safety bikes to recumbents!
Starting out on a highracer is quite ambitious but seemingly no problem for you.
No matter how long you've ridden bikes, it take time and miles to get really comfortable and strong on a 'bent.
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Wow. There can't be many bent riders who did 90 plus miles on their second ride and even fewer who handled steep grades. My first and second rides took place in a parking lot.
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A friend and I decided to get one more ride in before the rains arrived. This one was an out & back route that totaled 27 miles with 3,000' of climbing. I was able to compare my GPS data with a identical trip on my DF about 3 months ago. My speed today was about 1/2 MPH slower than then. I'm pleased with that but is it reasonable to think that this will improve as I get more accustomed to the bike? I'm just not sure what to expect on this. I am not a fast climber but I can say that for me the climbing seems "different" but it does not seem particularly harder.

I was most pleased to complete another ride without falling over during the slow speeds stuff!
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A friend and I decided to get one more ride in before the rains arrived. This one was an out & back route that totaled 27 miles with 3,000' of climbing. I was able to compare my GPS data with a identical trip on my DF about 3 months ago. My speed today was about 1/2 MPH slower than then. I'm pleased with that but is it reasonable to think that this will improve as I get more accustomed to the bike? I'm just not sure what to expect on this. I am not a fast climber but I can say that for me the climbing seems "different" but it does not seem particularly harder.

I was most pleased to complete another ride without falling over during the slow speeds stuff!
Climbing should be slower than on your other bike. My experience is more like a tandem as far as hills, downhills, and the flats goes. You are using your muscles differently, so give them time to build up. Only 1/2 mph average less is a good speed at the beginning.
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Shoo...I'm lucky to make 9 miles and 30' grade change.
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11%? That's nothing. I live on a 20% slope! Yup, SF has it's share of crazy hills. As you get used to your bike, I'm sure you'll overcome your fear of hills - just gear down and spin to the top. Though I can't promise you that 20% will ever be easy
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. . . Though I can't promise you that 20% will ever be easy
A 20% grade isn't easy even downhill!
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A little humility is order at this point. On Monday, we did a 58 mile ride that included a long steep climb of over 9 miles. I thought I was going to die! Any thoughts of this being easy were cast away. I guess the key is repetition here :0)
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Are you the same Bill Patterson who was at Cal Poly until about 2001?
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Nothing wrong with a 91 mile ride first time out. I've done 102 on my Volae Expedition (High Racer w/disc brakes), but it was more like 5th time out. . .I'm not sure what it is about wanting to do longer miles on a bent, except the expectation that you won't be sore. I know I'd be about shot on my DF after 102. Steep hills get better, but I think steep uphills on a bent will always be harder than steep uphills on a DF. The Corsa was my Plan B bike if I would not have been able to get the Volae. Test rode one and it was great. Enjoy the toy!
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That is an awesome ride for the 2nd time out! You will be loving it once you get your 'bent legs!!

Congrats!!!
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Are you the same Bill Patterson who was at Cal Poly until about 2001?
I know where CalPoly is but have never been there
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Check, BillyPat. Just so you're aware, some of the more seasoned 'bent riders recognize the name Bill Patterson as a former professor there who taught an advanced class in single-track HPV design. You're sure to be asked again sometime in the future. Anyway, welcome aboard!
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