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Tuesday, August 02, 2011

Bicycle Built For Two

Last year I didn't ride at all.  I started late this season and have been a bit lackadaisical, what with rain and family illnesses, but at least I've been in the saddle for short trips as far as the town offices (a couple miles) with Sam in tow.

Today we rode all the way to Fairfax (~5.5mi) to run errands.  It's roughly downhill into town and, well, not downhill on the way back, so I was a little apprehensive that I might not entirely enjoy the trip.

I really did.  Sam was so good, keeping his helmet on the entire way and chattering as we passed by lovely flowers and cornfields.  The sun was out but not oppressive, and even the breeze that seemed to blow against us both directions was refreshing.

The hills that could cause me grief even in the old days when I rode aggressively and was in good shape didn't overly trouble me.  Despite Sam's added weight, not to mention a little extra ballast around my own middle, I was able to crank through with just a little downshifting, probably because I paced myself instead of my usual habit of pushing to get an extra 0.1mph or shave a few seconds off my last time.  I was pleased that I never left the outer ring, so I guess my legs didn't atrophy too much during my hiatus.

I do need to get a pair of gel riding gloves to replace the ones Pearl ruined.  My hands still have imprints from the grip shifts.

And I really should have worn some of my padded biking pants that Ericka dug up for me instead of my regular shorts.  Not to put too fine a point on it, but my undercarriage feels a bit like I rode a Century and I'm afeared Sam might always be an only child.  At least I won't have to haul two kids around...

ntodd

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Huzzah! I know what you mean about the bike gloves. I love mine. Also, um, thanks for sharing re: saddle sac. :-o My old bones, though well padded enjoy a spongy bike seating. I have a padded saddle.

Posted by: mnkid | Aug 2, 2011 9:22:13 AM

it's a good thing someone has a birthday coming up!

Posted by: ericka | Aug 2, 2011 9:28:49 AM

Heh! Life's full of those little trade-offs! Cool that you're getting back out, though, and Sam's going to be all set to transition to his own wheels with your example.

I wrote a bit on how to do that transition, if you're interested.

http://www.bikeshopsmesa.com/category/learntorideabike/

Good luck to both of you!

Posted by: Darryl | Aug 2, 2011 9:32:27 AM

mnkid - I wouldn't trade my gel seat for anything in the world. I still like a little extra in the pants. Um...nevermind.

ericka - I might need a new Camelbak. Not sure any of mine can be salvaged.

Darryl - thanks! We've actually been discussing the pedal-less approach to training. Love your post.

Posted by: NTodd | Aug 2, 2011 10:05:20 AM

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