Two weeks ago I picked up the bike, rode home from the dealer, around town just a bit, and then the snow came. So this past weekend was the first time I was really able to get out and learn the bike. And learn it I did!
Even though this bike sits lower than most (24.5 inches) and even though I had it modified for short arms and legs, I find that there are still adjustments to be made. Most importantly, I have to stretch just a bit too much to reach the left handlebar. Other things such as the weight and being able to back it up, will come along with time. Despite the low seat height, I only stand at 5ft tall, so no matter what I ride, I will be always be challenged just a bit.
Having said all that, I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this bike! It rides so smoothly and runs so well … I am thrilled!
On Sunday, I rode with friends for the first 80 miles. We rode to Smith Mountain Lake and then I headed out on my own. My goal was to focus on how the bike handled (and how I handled the bike) without worrying about keeping up with friends. I thought it fitting that I took the first half of my first long ride with the guys who have taught me the most (see this post to learn about them) https://lifeonthebikeandotherfabthings.wordpress.com/2012/10/12/my-guys/.
I left the lake area, where I of course had to stop and take a few photos …
I was really too focused on the bike to spend time on photography, but it was so beautiful that I had a hard time not stopping! I headed over Catawba Mountain, through Ellett Valley and home through Tom’s Creek. A total of 170 miles and a wonderful, wonderful day!