Back in the Saddle?

“It’s My Bike!” photo by @aforgrave

The Daily Create, tdc1997 Show Us Your Bike has prompted me to get my bike out of storage, put some air in the tires, and take it out for a spin so that I could get a good picture. It was a great feeling to be moving on the bike again, and given that the summer break from school will officially be starting tomorrow, I am going to set myself a goal of getting out on the bike on a regular basis.

With this in mind, I locked the bike up outside, so that I can easily get at it and get on the road. My previous and most consistent experience (long, long ago, while I was still a student myself) was to go for long 30-40 km rides most evenings in the summer after work. I also took the bike with me on the road, and kept up my evening rides then, too. We’ll have to see how the next month unfolds as a trial.

A few small learnings from this evening:

  1. the seat is too low — I wasn’t getting a good stretch/push from my legs;
  2. I need to replace my cycling gloves — they reminded me of my sweat-disintegrated fencing glove of old;
  3. the bike-lock key that I have carried on my keychain for several years separated from the metal ring when I went to lock the bike. (Of course! As soon as I need to ensure I don’t lose the key, it detaches itself from my key ring!)

There’s a combination bike shop & coffee stop just down the street, The Brake Room (@thebrakeroom, on Twitter). Maybe tomorrow morning I’ll head down for a tune up. Nix that, they’re closed tomorrow. Some holiday or something, I guess.

I need a water bottle.