Saturday, 9 January 2010

Isn't she lovely?

Popped over to Red Kite this afternoon and finally picked her up - they popped me on the rollers and made a few minor adjustments before I rode the 4 miles or so home - stuck to the main roads to avoid the snow - the difference between these tyres and the mountain bike tyres is massive, probably a quarter the size and zero tread, so didn't want to take any chances, I'd have been gutted falling off the first time. Felt good, but very different. I think it's going to take a few rides at least to get accustomed to what is a very different riding position to the mountain bikes I've ridden exclusively for over 2 years now. I'm not going to put my gel saddle on immediately, see how I get on with the one that it came with, see if I can't toughen up my butt :-)
Another thing to get used to is the toe clips, I've never had a bike with them before, apart from the exercise bike in the gym and I've only been on that 2 or 3 times. Another adjustment to my riding style to get used to.
Anyway, got her home, brushed off the snow and wiped dry all the parts I could get to, and she's now sleeping soundly in the shed. And as I've not been able to find sledges anywhere I definitely want the snow to clear as soon as possible - I've got a bike to ride!!


  1. Very nice! Lets hope for some better weather so you can get out safely!

  2. Nice bike......dont use it until the salt is off the road!

  3. Beautiful!

    I bought my first road bike after many years of exclusively riding mountain bikes. I LOVE the variety. Have fun, but maybe wait for the snow to clear!

  4. Thanks everyone - I am now hoping for rain to clear the snow and wash away all the rock salt, it's not often I wish for rain!!