I ride a Jamis but the sentiment is the same
After approximately 2 years of not having ridden my beautiful road bike I finally worked up the nerve to join a group ride last Sunday. Not one to do things in half measures I ended up cycling approximately 60 miles...yes, that was not the way to get back into it! By about mile 40 my saddle was starting to feel like this:
To be honest I've been quite fearful of riding here in the UK especially going it alone. Different road layouts, roundabouts, behaviours, rules and the list goes on, I am not happy to admit to this fear and even less so that I've allowed it to keep me from pursuing something I love so much. This extended layoff showed up mostly in my low-speed manoeuvering like through the narrow canal path gates and while working my way up along the line of cars at traffic lights. Hard to believe that at one time I could do the rolling dismounts while entering duathlon transition areas!
Waiting to meet up with Catherine
I did discover a new US/UK difference though! While a mate was giving the bike a once over for me (the derailleur was slightly out of adjustment) he discovered that the rear brake on my bike is controlled by the right lever. I had no clue that the brakes controls were reversed here until he asked were mine supposed to be that way--guess he learned something new as well.
Our lovely ride leader
We also had a bit of an off-road adventure on Sunday's ride, what appeared to be a road on the gps app ended up being a dis-used track instead! Lots of fun and ended up being something to laugh about afterwards although the muddy bit we walked through made clipping in and out a challenge for the remainder of the ride. Regardless I survived Sunday's ride despite my skill deterioration and have been bitten by the bug all over again. The fear of riding solo is still there however and I think it is going to take a while to work through.
Current *want* from Wiggle
While I'm on the subject of cycling please go check out the Taxing Rides Cyclists series from Treehuggery. Jackie does amazing work, these are awesome gifts for cyclists!
This is the piece of art we own from the series