Saturday, March 27, 2010

Learning to ride a bike!

I rode the Thorn Nomad MK2 (still no name for the bike) to White Rock Lake and back. I have not rode a bike with Mountain bike tires in a while. This bike has 26"x2.25" Schwalbe Marathon Extreme tires on it and it is especially meant for off-road touring. So, there was a little bit of a learning curve. I also had to get used to using the Rohloff. I did a total of 50 miles today.

Here are some of my observations:
  1. Riding in 20+ mph wind is not as easy as it might seem from inside the house.
  2. Riding 50 miles on an expedition touring bike, while it is fun, is a bit of a workout, especially for those soft in the middle :)
  4. Rohloff were serious about giving the rider all the gear ratio gain advantage possible. I climbed hills on which I would huff and puff like Big Bad Wolf, relatively easily. No, the MK2 bike ain't light compared to Gikma.
  5. Starbucks Pike Place coffee is pretty good, especially if you drink it black and no sugar/sweetener.
  6. Wind can mess-up your beard, especially if you wear it long :)
While I was out riding, I think Shaggy might have done something like this!
How was your Saturday?

Peace :)

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