A great weekend biking leads into Bike to Work Week
|This is what happens when you make me drink when I’m trying to lose weight.|
And so I did.
Ok, make that Hill. There was just one hill of any significance on my 10 mile ride. Then again, because I did the same 5 miles out and back, I climbed each side of the hill so I guess you could say it was 2 hills. It was city riding at it’s finest, well timed lights and a few roll-throughs at empty traffic stops. A good solid effort into and then with a stiff breeze. It felt great having pushed myself to get out there on a day I could just as easily have stayed in and taken a nap with Rach.
The other reason that ride was important is that it’s the last I’ll ever take on my Fuji.
Just as eating grilled chicken with salad is different than eating a cheeseburger with fries, riding a bike designed for performance is different than riding one designed for fun. I knew that it was time for a change, and while I definitely still want a high end road bike, I’ve learned enough to know that even a bike with less than stellar components (my Fuji for example) can be a good starting point.
So while cruising around on the web Saturday night I started thinking outside the box, which led me inside the box. The big box. I wound up on Walmart.com, and I found this:
|Yes, that’s the new bike shine captured in all its glory|
It’s a road bike. A GMC Denali branded road bike (made by Kent Bicycles) to be precise. It’s not anything special, but it’s a bike with honest to God road geometry. I picked it up early Sunday morning, and moved the important pieces (wheels, pedals, saddle, and accessories) from the Fuji to the new one, and put the replacements on the Fuji. It’s amazing what a little mechanics knowledge and 3 hours can get you. Then I hit the road.
It’s funny, you’d think after riding for 18 months that riding a couple miles would be easy. But the difference in geometry actually had me using muscles in my legs that I don’t think I’ve used the entire time I’ve been back on a bike. Being that I don’t have a full shops worth of bike tools, I rode hard for the two miles up to the bike shop for some break tightening and a quick checkout that everything was assembled properly. It’s an uphill ride from the house, the kind of slow gradual climb that normally knocks me down a little, but not too much.
By the time I got through those 2 miles Sunday, I was pretty much gassed. Clearly, I have a lot of work to do to get used to this bike. But the fact that I put in another 5 1/2 miles after I was done at the bike shop tells me I’m going to get that work done.
- While the whole month is Bike Month, this coming week is National Bike to Work week. Normally, I only ride Fridays, but I’m riding every day this week. In fact, about the time this pops up on the web, I’ll be on the new bike on my way into the office.
- No news on the interview front. I’m going to send along my questions, and hope it either prompts a phone call, or I get back an email with all the answers. Tyler’s training blog shows him to be further along than Rach and I are for a race only a week before ours. He’s going twice as far though, so that he’s about twice as far along makes sense.
- I didn’t get to the Review page this weekend with everything that’s going on. I’ll get it up this week.
- I put the Fuji on Craigslist Sunday afternoon. I’ve gotten a bunch of calls and emails, and I expect it’ll be gone by dinner tomorrow. Then I can start looking at the next set of upgrades the bike needs.
- We signed up for the Minuteman Sprint Triathlon on 6/19. It should be a perfect prep race for the Olympic we’ll be doing in July.