Well, today was the second time I rode my bike the 26 mile trip to work. Heaps better than the first. Just because I was doing it again. It seems that the more you ride your bike, the more you like riding your bike. It was raining when I woke up at 5, but I kept saying to myself, there are very few perfect days to ride bike, and when one comes along, I'll probably have to take my truck to pick up something or other after work. Everyday I could come up with some pretty good reasons not to ride. Cold, windy, rainy, blah, blah blah. . So, again, Damn the torpedoes, today, we ride.
I took my Allez this morning and what a difference it was. Friday when I rode I took my old Bianchi that I found in the recycling yard. The issue with that bike, is that I haven't even cleaned the chain since I picked it up. I put on some bars, fenders and a rack, but usually if I find a bike, I like to clean and re-pack the bottom bracket, headset, clean the chain everything. I do notice that the Bianchi isn't up to top shape. Going from that to a perfectly tuned race bike the difference is huge. 1 hour 45 minutes on the Bianchi, 1 hour 26 minutes on the Allez. The downside, my arse is much more happy on the Bianchi. Oh well. I was ever so tempted to take the fixie, but I'd like to get a few more commutes on a geared bike while studying my gear-changing frequency. Just to make sure that I'm not going to end up walking half the way.
Again, I couldn't get over the hills. You don't really notice hills when you're driving. Especially with the cruise on and tunes cranking.
Everyone at the office couldn't believe that I've ridden my bike all that way. It's not all that far really. Maybe for a commute, but for a bike ride, no. My wife even said she was expecting a call asking her to come pick me up! I'm thinking that if I ride 3 days a week, 52 miles a day, that would get me into pretty good shape and be a huge boost to my marathon training. More than that, it's a blast.
Ride yer bike.