Sunday, 14 March 2010

By popular demand....

...this is a picture of my new bike.

I've had it for a week now, ridden every day, and covered just over 150 miles. That includes one long outing yesterday, a shorter trip mapping in Bracknell today, and a selection of my favourite local loops in the evenings after work.

Previously I've been riding a hybrid, so the new riding position is less upright. The big difference is that different muscles tire first, but I'd like to think that I'm also moving a bit more swiftly, and I'm finding the brakes more of a reach. I imagine that will change as I adjust to the different position.

There are two things that need some work. I've not got the front gears adjusted to be quite as smooth as I would like, and I gather that a new leather saddle will take a few hundred miles to adjust to my anatomy. The saddle has been reasonably comfortable from the start, but the "contact points" do get a little sensitive after a long ride.

This isn't intended as a review, but seven outings and 150 miles in the last week represents about a third of this year's riding. I think that probably reveals how delighted I am.

1 comment:

townmouse said...

Nice one. That's what I call a proper bike-looking bike. Don't forget to ride your hybrid occasionally so it doesn't feel too left out...