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!)