It's been a long time since I've been on a proper trail. I've been without a bike for a while after it was stolen and having two young kids (3yrs old & 3 months old), my free time is a bit limited. I picked up my new bike last week (2010 Cannondale RZ 140 3Z) and finally got to take it out tonight.
A two hour loop around a local trail and my arse is sore (from the seat and a lack of cycling shorts ok?!). I have a couple of battle scars, mostly because the bloody cleats wouldn't disengage when I really needed to put my foot on the ground. Picture a man on a bike failing to make it up a steep hill, coming to a complete stop then falling sideways while still attached to his pedals....that was me!
I ache in a lot of places, but I really enjoyed the ride and feel good for finally getting out. The guy I rode with was 10yrs older but much fitter, but he took it slow, stopped to let me catch up and warned me of most of the tricky spots on the trail.
I really like the bike. I need to fiddle with the suspension settings and if possible, find some way to ease the tension on the pedals. What really suprised me was the Hammerschmidt. It really came in handy for the top of the hill downchange. Perfect ratio to make if over the crest when I started to lose speed.
Sorry, but no pics of the trail, I didn't have any time to stop apart from falling off. The sun was almost gone by the time we made it back to the cars.
I'm sure I will be aching a lot more in the morning!
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