27 April 2009 - 16:38The Strangest Thing
So this may sound odd, but I think that all this time I’ve been spent riding a single speed has changed my riding tastes.
On Saturday, DA and I hit the Town Loops in Stowe. It was a mid summer like 85° and not riding was definitely not an option. I felt it was time to shake off all the winter cobwebs from the RIP9, so I suited up, and Davey and I rode off in to the woods. Now, I’m not sure if it was the temperature (I do not do well in high heat and humidity), or if I was feeling the effects of not being on a bike for almost a whole week, or if I am really just that out of shape, but riding that bike was not fun at all.
I had no power! I was certainly able to stay seated and float over the rocks and roots though, which was nice, but I felt a certain disconnection from the trail. On any uphill though, I was struggling. I felt the extra 8 or so pounds I was trying to pedal. The chain made all sorts of noise too, which is something I haven’t heard in a long time. Are all geared bikes always this noisy?
So I finish the ride, and went home, feeling tired and loagy, but not too beat up.
Sunday, I headed down to Pine Hill Park in Rutland. We were to have our quarterly VMBA meeting nearby after we got a tour of the trails. This time Kermit got the nod, Well, my climbing prowess had returned (prowess is a term I use loosly), but the air temperature was a balmy 60°. I certainly felt more feedback from the ground too, but I felt connected. And the silence! Oh this was much better.
Have I gone off the single speed deep end?