Well, the previous post was a Vik style intro of things to come.
Last night I met up with Vik at IKEA (that miserable place) and bought his Volae! Good deal on a great bike. You can tell that Vik has looked after this bike, and that he knows what he's doing in the way that it's been maintained and set up. Here is the deal going down.
Today, I rode it to work. I was going to drive my truck to drop of a roto-tiller that I borrowed from my Dad, but who can do that when there's a brand new (to me) bike waiting to be ridden. Not even the heavy fog would keep me from ridding. I was pleased when it started clearing up as I rode.
This is what I bought this Volae Expedition for, commuting. Right now I'm pretty busy with my house project, so there's not a huge amount of free time for recreational rides. If I were doing a bunch of those right now, I'd be sacrificing time with my family, and that's not something I'm willing to do. So, I ride to work as much as I can.
Today I got up at 4 am to install some pedals and figure out how I was going to carry my stuff in to work. I still need to come up with a bit of a system, but for today, a grocery bag with my clothes in it velcro'd behind the seat did the job. No water bottle mounts yet, so I chugged 2 liters right before I left, to make sure that I'd have enough for the 26 miles.
After riding without a computer on my bike, it's kind of fun to have one again. I stopped 4 times en route to make little changes here and there to get the seating dialed in. It's not quite there yet, but getting very close.
At work, this thing was a magnet and I think that about 12 people have sat on it already. Everyone thinks it's cool and ask what it's like. I'd never ridden one until last Wednesday, and riding a bent, is so much different than I'd imagined it. Very comfortable. You do notice that you are exercising different muscle than you do on an upright. I've heard it mentioned before that you need to get you 'bent legs' and I suppose that's true.
All in all, a huge thanks to Vik for selling me the bike, and I'm so looking forward to getting some miles on this baby. It's always fun dialing a bike in and figuring out your setup. So stoked!!