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Road Cycling “It is by riding a bicycle that you learn the contours of a country best, since you have to sweat up the hills and coast down them. Thus you remember them as they actually are, while in a motor car only a high hill impresses you, and you have no such accurate remembrance of country you have driven through as you gain by riding a bicycle.” -- Ernest Hemingway

First ride on new bike today!

Old 09-04-06, 06:31 PM
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First ride on new bike today!

Finally able to take my new Cannondale Synapse Alloy 4 out today. After months of schlepping around on an old mountain bike with fat knobby tires, what an absolute delight! It just glides along, so smooth and easy. The shifting is effortless. The clipless pedals are great. It's an entirely new experience. I did 35 miles today and could have done more I was so glad to be out there. I saw countryside today I'd never seen before in years of driving my car around here. I can't wait to get out on it again.

The one downside. The hills are harder than I thought. I had assumed because of the lighter weight and less road resistance, the hills would be a breeze. But I forgot the gear ratio is different than the mountain bike. The first chainring on my road bike is about equal to the 2nd on my mountain bike. So yes, I was in the granny gear a lot today. I live in a very hilly area. But I know I'll get stronger and gradually need it less and less.

Steering is a little more twitchy too, so I have to get used to that. Once I get more comfortable I can start letting it go down hills. I was taking it easy today to make sure I get used to how the bike feels and responds.

I am absolutely psyched, and had to shout it out.
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Old 09-04-06, 06:40 PM
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Thanks for sharing it with us, and congrats!!!
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Old 09-04-06, 07:10 PM
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Good for you! I remember (many years ago) when I first got started on a road bike. It felt twitchy and I wondered if I would really get comfortable handing it. Well, with every ride, I felt more in control and I never get that twitchy feeling anymore.

Unfortunately, the lighter bike didn't float me over the hills either. It does get easier over time for sure. Some days, I dread the hills, but most days I just want to attack them. This is my first year without a granny gear (compact double). I haven't missed the triple much, except for last week when biking in the Mount Washington area of New Hampshire. Ouch!
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Congratulations. The feeling of having a new bike is just wonderful. Thanks for sharing.
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