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Back in the saddle & season's greetings

Old 12-26-12, 09:43 AM
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Back in the saddle & season's greetings

So what to do on Boxing Day? Cycling of course! After a few months of hiatus in Jakarta I was finally able to get a ride in this morning. After an agonizing second of deliberation I obviously selected my ALAN as the lucky one for my "welcome back" hammerfest.

Where does this wheel go? Surprisingly, everything was still in great condition, not even a rusty chain after spending months idle in a non-climate controlled shed.

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There it is, ready to go.

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I had a great ride through the very windy Dutch dunes and meadows, even though my legs were a little less enthusiastic than my mind. I still have a lot of training to do to get back to scratch. I saw many happy MAMILS on the road today, and even the überfreds could spare a wave and a smile every now and then. It felt really good to be back on the road again and to hammer it on my fantastic little ALAN.

This Spesh helmet makes my head look like a mushroom.


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Merry Christmas and all the best for 2013!
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Old 12-26-12, 05:26 PM
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I rode today for the first time in three months and realized why so many people never ride their bikes.

The whole "seven days without a ride makes one weak" is pretty darned true. In fact it hurt so bad my memory has already forgotten some of the more embarrassing parts, like barely being able to get over hills I was flying over in September.
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Good deal - and welcome back to civilization

I never noticed the plastic Unicanitor on your Alan before - is that a recent addition? BTW, I love that jersey!

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Yeah. That is a cool jersey, C. And a very nice bike. Glad it survived intact through your southern excursion. The North Lands must seem at once like coming home and quite odd after Jakarta. I think being in the heat and sun for two weeks changed my brain. I can't imagine what coming back must be like after 3 months. By the way, we snorkeled with a Dutch couple on Bonaire who said the Dutch celebrate New Years as the Last day of the year, rather than the First day of the coming one. I found that interesting. Happy New/Old year.
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Bravo - Happy Happy - Joy Joy - Ride Ride...
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Sounds like a good time.

That first ride after a long layover can be really tough - the brain say's go, go, go! But the legs say no, no, no! There is nothing like being able to get a ride in everyday or at least several times a week. The lungs feel good, the heart rate is right and the legs get so strong that way and they look pretty darn good to! Riding once or twice a month just leads to agony and pain, not to mention skinny legs!

So, keep on riding!
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Originally Posted by Drillium Dude View Post
Good deal - and welcome back to civilization

I never noticed the plastic Unicanitor on your Alan before - is that a recent addition? BTW, I love that jersey!

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Thanks! Yeah had that saddle for quite a while now, since the last update in May or something like that. Rather comfortable, for what it is.

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Yeah. That is a cool jersey, C. And a very nice bike. Glad it survived intact through your southern excursion. The North Lands must seem at once like coming home and quite odd after Jakarta. I think being in the heat and sun for two weeks changed my brain. I can't imagine what coming back must be like after 3 months. By the way, we snorkeled with a Dutch couple on Bonaire who said the Dutch celebrate New Years as the Last day of the year, rather than the First day of the coming one. I found that interesting. Happy New/Old year.
Yes, I really felt right at home the minute I stepped of the plane in milan (for transfer) and smelt the crisp winter air and see the snow on the mountains. love it. And yes, we Dutch are a little weird - we invite our friends over for "oudejaarsavond" literally old year's eve, instead of new years' eve! No matter, the champagne tastes just as good.

As for the jersey, it's not C&V, but new (had it made last year for a century) but the logo on the front is from the forties, the 1840's!
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