Wednesday, March 11, 2009

The Test Ride in Pictures

As mentioned in the last post, the weather finally got warm enough for me to try out my new bike. Ann and The Son were gracious enough to take some pictures and some video. The good news (or bad news depending on which side of the fence you are on), there were no wipe outs and I manged to lock into the pedals without too much difficulty. The even better news is I was able to get my feet out of the pedals before the bike came to a stop and I toppled over. In this picture I'm putting on new biking gloves given to me by Daughter#1 and The Fiance for Christmas. Not that I was planning a long ride where the cushioning in the gloves would come in handy, but to protect my hands should I not be able to negotiate the pedals. Luckily my hands and the gloves returned unscathed. Ignore the pasty white legs.In this video, my right foot is already locked into the pedal and ready to go. Our driveway has a slight downward slope to it allowing the bike to coast along while I got my left foot locked in. With digital cameras anyone can take video these days. If you listen just after leaving the driveway you can hear me successfully lock in my left foot and pedal away.

And I'm off for a short ride of about 3 or 4 miles. I returned without a scratch. Knock on wood that I'm that lucky next time.

Actually next time was just yesterday as the temperature hit the mid 70s. I took a quick spin during my lunch hour. Nice bike, but I think the seat needs to be raised a bit.
In non-bile news, it's three weeks until I can get back on the water. I can't wait.

1 comment:

daughter #2 said...

Hows the fit on the bike? does the seat post have ample length to be raised?

the pedals will be like second nature soon. but you still gotta pay attention. i had a low speed topple over last weekend when i was in low gear, slowing to an almost stop at a stop sign, then pedaling to continue, but couldnt get enough momentum to keep balance... also had something to do with another biker sneaking up on my from behind, caught me by surprise. no injuries luckily! I also neglected to stop at a stop sign (after looking to make sure i was safe from car traffic) and just as i made the turn, a state trooper approached from the other direction and yelled at me... i thought i was going to get a ticket. how embarrassing!