Sunday, April 5, 2009

Christmas Come Early

Stepping it Up a Notch

The cycling fairy stopped by the house this weekend and showered me with a few new toys. Yup, I'm moving into the big leagues, real cycling shorts with chamois and everything, and clipless pedals so I can stop wearing my Nikes. Speaking of not wearing my Nikes, I got some new shoes to go along with those pedals.
If I go with the Look pedals I'll be keeping the Shimano shoes, if I go with the SPD pedals, I'll be sticking with the Cannndale shoes. Last I checked the blog poll didn't really help me much as far as choosing a pedal so I guess I'll flip a coin and bolt on whatever wins, then try the other. Oh, and I finally got my hands on a floor pump, so no more arm burning, mini-pump fiasco's.

Today I got in my last ride in the Nikes, I'll be putting on the pedals tonight. I got in another 16 miles, right around 15.9 miles per hour. I broke out the new cycling shorts. I had worn a pair when I rode in Mystic, but I had never donned them in my own neighborhood. I gotta say, I'm still not used to it. I feel like I'm leaving the house a tad under dressed, but I've come to the conclusion that you just have to own it, and wear them with pride. They'll seem normal one day I'm sure.
The sun was shining, but man was it windy. And not the kind of, at your back, push you along wind, it was the 20 mile gust, blow you into the middle of the street wind. Not very much fun, but it sure kept me on my toes. Besides the wind, everything went well, although I did have my first semi-breakdown. Can't really call it a breakdown I guess, my chain just fell off about .2 miles from home, but it was the first time I had to stop for a "repair". I'm proud to say that I was able to get the chain back on and made it back home, unscathed.

Mileage report tomorrow... the suspense is killing me.

Thanks for reading.

1 comment:

  1. I love new cycling gear. Have fun trying everything out. My vote is for the SPDs.


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