The doctor has cleared me to ride easy stuff (with armor), so I'm riding again. After a few days on fire roads in San Juan Capistrano (Southern California), I've come to realize that my hardtail 26 will deal with a lot more roughness and is a lot more forgiving than I had given it credit for being. The first two days, I would apply the brakes down several of the hills just because I didn't feel good going fast on them. The last two days, I just let it roll. It was just fine and comfortable, though things tended to happen faster and I had to make decisions faster. Best still, the momentum helped me up the next hill, which had previously troubled me.
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