Cycling experience around Southern Vancouver Island

Ride with me around southern Vancouver Island while I get into condition for a ride across southern BC next summer

Twitter account

Follow on Twitter account

Cycling week four

The week started with the bike in the shop for a few quick "break in adjustments". Less than 1 hour later I was back on my way. When I purchased the bike I had the tires changed to a wider tire so the bumps etc. would not be as jarring as they were when I first test rode it. I found I prefer to ride sort of more seated on the back of the seat rather than in the bottom of the seat. I found this position gave me 2 advantages:
1. sitting up off the bottom of the seat gave me a bit more cushion when hitting the bumps etc. and
2. by sitting up it allowed my legs to extend the "power " portion of the pedal stroke and even use the strips for some lift on the pedals. In addition to the break in adjustments I had them change the rear tire to a thinner tire.
The 20 +K home proved the adjustments worked and I did seem to be riding faster with less effort or at least fewer cyclist were passing me.
Still "babying" my ankle a fair amount so did not ride Thursday and relatively short rides on Friday. The Friday ride was interesting from a nostalgia perspective. Part of the ride included a stretch I frequently rode as a child on the way home from school. In grade 2 I was not allowed to ride my bike all the way to school until I could crest the "big" hill on the way home. The day after I was told that if I could ride up the hill; course I rode the bike all the way up the hill the next day - qualified me as a big kid. 60 years later and I guess I am still a big kid as I easily crested the same hill with several gears to spare. and that was with a left foot that was not doing its full share of cycling.
Sunday October 21 was another nostalgic ride through areas I knew well as a child; interesting to ride along slowly looking at the changes in what is still a rural environment.
I had planned to do another ride to the provincial legislature on Monday but had to meet someone to purchase a new computer which I needed to be able to edit the videos my gopro was taking.
Even with taking time off from some rides I estimate I have ridden 700 k in the first month.


Saoirse

Please Tweet this page to your followers Tweet this page Please Tweet this page to your followers Please Tweet this page to your followers


page last modified Thursday, 01-Nov-2018 08:09:10 PDT
© Copyright 2018 ©