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First bike tour- 15 miles!!

Saturday, November 09, 2013

IT WAS AWESOME!!!! It wasn't really a race, but a bike TOUR! Which turns out was perfect for me, the NEWBIE! I pedaled fast and fast on the long straight a-ways in the desert and even made it up a huge hill (OUCH!!) I have decided hills suck, but I guess I have to take those with the flat parts. I started out with a group going about 12 miles an hour, nice and easy, but I moved up little by little to another group. After the hill there were only 3, the leader, who was awesome and rode like she was on rails, me, and the oldest rider of the group (70 years young)!! We pulled ahead a little bit more and it felt like there was just the 3 of us in the world for about 2 miles. We went down (yay!) an awesome hill where I clocked 25 mph and then we only had about a mile to the finish line. It was a great feeling crossing the finish line and my mom said there were only about 15 riders ahead of us!!! Whoo-hoo! My mom missed me crossing the finish line because she was getting water for someone's dog, lol!

I was really nervous in the beginning and self conscious. Everyone seemed to have road bikes and lots of gear. (Cyclists love their gear.) I have a small backpack camel back, too bulky for road biking, and a mountain bike, OH and a mirror on my helmet :-) I felt a little out of place. However, when I started pedaling, it didn't matter! I had a great time! Thank you all for your support and encouragement! Here's to my first bike tour!

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LORIVIOLA 2/22/2014 10:02PM

    I'm so glad to hear about this. I am considering a 15 mile tour for the Tour de Cure.

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SPEEDYDOG 11/10/2013 12:19PM

    Congratulations! Sounds like you had a terrific time. The roadies only covered 15 miles. WIth the added weight, less efficient pedaling position and increased rolling resistance of the mountain bike, you actually did the equivalent of a 25 mile ride!

The only advantage you have on a mountain bike is that the lower gears allow you climb steep hills with relative ease.

Of course, not all road bikes are same. Here is a rough breakdown of the types of road bikes:

Road Performance Bikes
- Sport Performance/Sport Racing
- Sport Endurance/Endurance Racing
- Triathlon

Multi-Use Bikes
- Touring
- Commuter/Urban Bikes
- Cyclocross/Adventure Touring
- Hybrid
- Comfort

The problem is that some bikes fall into multiple categories. My Surly Cross-Check can be outfitted for road touring, commuting, cyclocross or adventure touring (dirt). I bought it because it was versatile.

I bought a Specialized Allez, which is a Sport Performance/Racing bike because it was fast!

Hybrid and comfort bikes, sometimes called fitness bikes, may have short-travel front suspensions and look a bit like mountain bikes with skinner tires. Some short-travel hardtail mountain bikes resemble hybrid bikes.

A mountain bike can be made more "roadable" by switching to tires made for hybrid bikes or commuter bikes.

Then again the bike is not nearly as important as the rider. I am glad you had a good time. Riding in a group is always fun.

Bruce


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BILL60 11/10/2013 8:21AM

    Congratulations. When is the next one?

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GHK1962 11/9/2013 10:24PM

    Yehhhhhawwww! And so the addiction to bike riding continues!

Did you stop to take photos? Did you partake in the after event stuffs? Did you get a finisher medal? I soooooo love bike riding events.

Good on you ... and ... I agree with HillSlug ...us roadies can be snobby ... but, we can also be supportive too. That you did this in a mountain bike totally rocks!

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HILLSLUG98239 11/9/2013 8:41PM

    It's true roadies tend to be gear junkies, and we deserve our reputation for being snobs. Every organized ride I've been to, I see people on mountain bikes, including centuries. So I'm glad you realized you fit in just fine.

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And I'm not so crazy about hills, either. That's why I'm a HillSlug: it may take me forever, but I will get to the top of the hill!

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IMSMILEY88 11/9/2013 6:33PM

    Terrific! I think I fell in love with riding after climbing my first 'monster hill' & hitting 34mph going down. Wheeee!!! And, I am not usually an adrenaline junky, but it felt like flying!

I did a ride today with over 100 riders. There were at least 2 mountain bikers. We are all impressed when they can keep up! You have to work a lot harder. So, great job!

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