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I finally found my road bike

Friday, August 02, 2013

It has been about 5 years since I rode my road bike (at least with any consistency). I rode a lot when I was at West Point last time and want to get out on the bike again more. I tuned it up over the weekend and was happy to see it was in decent shape despite a few years of neglect. I have a cannondale R600 with shimano 105 components. It was a decent road bike 12 years ago when I bought it and it has aged reasonably well.

My office is large enough that I can bring my bike in and keep it in the office, ready for lunch time rides. There are a few other folks who ride, we used to have a semi regular lunch ride which would be fun to resume. There are a few good rides from the office in the 15-20 mile range, from rolling hills to big climbs. Today, I tried a 16 mile loop with a total climb of 800 feet, finishing it in 66 min. I can definately feel that my legs are not in biking (esp climbing) shape, but it felt good to get out there and ride.

In addition to some nice climbs, I had a brush with some wild life. I was rolling up to a stop sign and a doe skittered out across the street right in front of me. I stopped and looked for more (when you see one, there are usually more nearby) and sure enough, 2 fawns and another doe crossed right in front of me. Glad that I was already stopping and did not actually run into the deer!

Looking forward to more great rides, have a great weekend everyone!
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