Note, if you will, the downward slant of the tube toward the seat, allowing me to actually stand over the bike with my feet on the ground. I point out the brakes because I can reach them on this bike and squeeze them to my heart's content. I also have fancy 'rapid-fire' shift changers which make shifting technically easier...more on that in a bit.
This year I am no longer bailing (much). But until about a month ago, I was still working on the dismount. I would slow down, take my foot off the lower pedal, stand on the top pedal, and somehow climb up to get off the bike. Like yay:
Totally normal, right? Well, TriGuy decided it was time for me to do drills--nothing crazy: start-stop,
and go in a circle.
I spent a solid hour and change working these little details out...on the street in front of my house. My neighbours were totally
My fancy racing bike had label-less gears so I (was supposed to have) memorized the direction of which way to click them to make pedaling easier or harder. So with my new bike I have the "advantage" of seeing numbers, in addition the rapid fire gear changes.
Don't lie, you all know you're jealous of my rapid-fire gears.
So. Armed with my shiny new bike, TriGuy and I went on a nice hour and a half training ride a few weeks ago on a loooong bike path. The ride out is a gentle slope up, then obviously a gentle slope down on the way back. I've been on this path before with the old bike so I knew what to expect. This new bike is not as sleek as the other one so I also knew it would require more pedaling (ok with me because then I have better control and am not focusing on balancing while careening out of control...uphill).
After a 3 mile warm-up I decided to really work my legs and see how hard and fast I could pedal. I started playing with the gears so that I felt some resistance and moved back and forth until I was sure which way was harder and which was easier. I took two breaks so I could stop and drink (you didn't actually think I was going to drink while moving on my bike, did you?) By the end of the 10 miles I was really huffing and puffing.
I stopped, took a minute to
Since the rest of the ride would be either flat or mostly a gentle downhill I decided I'd switch gears again to give myself some traction. I really don't like feeling out of control on the bike. I didn't notice much change on the first couple of gears so I kept shifting down...that's right. I said:
And as I did that I noticed the pedals were spinning faster and faster with less and less resistance. Which means I was pedaling uphill for the better part of 10 miles in the toughest gear.
This may explain why I've never been able to drive stick.
*Thanks to Jenn at Peas and Crayons for getting Napoleon Dynamite lines stuck in my head all week :P
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