Sunday, February 16, 2014
Went for another trail ride on Saturday morning. If anything I am regressing. The hills were harder, ever though they were the same ones, and my asthma attacked. I haven't had a problem in years, but this hill nonsense is HARD.
9.41 miles in 108 minutes; last week I did the same distance / elevation in 84 minutes.
I am not in shape to handle the hills, especially for a new sport. And I know a part of the problem is the bike. It is heavy compared to the others' mountain bikes, no shocks to handle the bumps, not as many gears/speed, and the seat is at the wrong angle to handle the kind of riding I have to do. Plus the seat itself causes me to keep shifting forward off the seat.
So I bit the bullet last night and ordered a mountain bike. I wanted to buy it from the store but since it was kind of a spur of the moment decision I was not prepared to pay cash or the debit card equivalent. My US Credit Union does a bang up job of protecting me from fraud by declining large purchases or withdrawals here in France; transferring the $$ from the US to France takes several business days and then there is also a limit on the amount I can put on my French debit card in 1 shot without pre-authorizing at the bank...and they pretend not to understand me when I try to talk to them.
So unless I pay cash there is generally no such thing as financing for me here. There are no credit cards really, not like we think of them in the USA (this is a GOOD thing!). There are short term store cards or payment plans...basically you make just 3 or 4 payments max, automatically deducted from your bank account. And because I am not a citizen I generally do not get approved for these plans (the excuse is that my Carte Sejour (green card) expires in 18 months, although why that is a problem when the item would be paid for in 3 months is still a mystery).
So not being the patient sort and willing to wait until I can transfer the $$ and go talk to the bank (has to be done in person)...I ordered the bike on-line last night...and just have to wait for it to be delivered sometime in the next week.
Waiting is a big thing here lol.
My new ride is a mid-level mountain bike Btwin RockRider 8.1 :
The downside is it comes with the clip pedals. Not something I am interested in; learning to ride the trails is enough of a new thing that I don't need the added complication of clipping myself to the bike, especially given my tendency to fall off. The bike store said they can put normal pedals on the bike but said something I didn't quite understand about wanting to put some sort of loop thing on the pedal where my toes would be. Kind of like a little basket for my toes. No idea why but it looks nearly as dangerous as clips. I'll ask someone what it is for & if I really need it the next time we ride.