Chickpeas (mandil) wrote in recumbents,

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Loving my new rocket!

I picked up my new-to-me rocket this past weekend. I rode it a little bit yesterday but I was so cranky after having traveled all weekend that it wasn't nearly as much fun as it could have been. It was 87 degrees out (wasn't it 40 degrees last week?) and the wind was blowing pretty hard. I was having problems maintaining a straight line and starting and stopping gracefully. EVERYONE was staring at me and making comments. It's hard to learn to ride a bike when everyone is staring at you and you feel like crud. I guess I wasn't being a very good recumbent ambassador. I rode about 8 miles in 40 minutes and decided that was enough (besides, I was getting a sunburn...picked up some sun block later).

Today was a much better day. Still a bit windy but a high of 55 degrees. Equipped with sun block I decided to head out on a longer ride. First thing off on this ride is a big hill. On my mountain bike I generally need to stop to catch my breath 2-3 times when climbing this hill. Needless to say I didn't do the whole thing on the rocket. This is a temporary situation I'm certain. On the downhill side of this hill I had to brake a lot, the pavement has been patched and repatched and is suffering the ill effects of frost heaves from the winter, also I was still feeling a bit wobbly.

About 2 miles into the ride I was feeling much steadier. It was a beautiful day and I felt like I could go forever. Being in New Hampshire, there were as many hills as flat sections. I learned I could climb an 8+% grade just fine given enough shoulder and good pavement. I was feeling comfortable enough on the downhills to let myself coast at 35 miles per hour. I could pedal about 23mph on the flat sections before I spun out (good enough for me...for now). All-in-all I rode about 45 miles. Before today I don't think I've ever topped 25 miles in a day. It took me close to 4 hours to do all this riding, but it felt really good. No pain! Plenty of fun! Even the hills were nice as I could take my time admiring the scenery (lakes, snowmelt creeks, etc.). Had a tailwind on my way out, a bit of a headwind coming home. Enjoyed traveling either direction. MMmmmm, a nice day.

I love my new bike!

Notes about the bike: It needs a tune-up. The derailleur seems like it might be bent. I can't shift into my lowest two gears without the chain rubbing on the tire :( this did not help me on the hills! As for that rans seat problem I've heard so much about...Didn't experience a bit of it....I love my bike!

Notes about me: 25 years old and female, i.e. not an old man with a beard. (not that there’s anything wrong with that!)
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