Thursday, 10 February 2011

First Fix

A bicycle crash is only a matter of time.

First Impressions - I like it, it's like being a kid again, the pedals go round all the time, whack you on the back of the leg if you're pushing the bike and you lose them going down steep hills. The bicycle itself needed some setting up of the saddle, seat post and handle bars, but now that is done it feels pretty comfortable. Compared to my tourer the Atlantis is quite wobble and twitchy, I think that this is because the frame is a bit shorter.

The main difference to a normal bicycle is that you can't coast, even when you've just got on you have to keep the feet moving. Secondly, you can slow yourself down by resisting the pedals as they go round, sort of back-pedalling but your legs still go forwards. Then there's the gears or rather gear, being unable to change gears, or coast, means the pedals spin like the fabled dervish going downhill and that you have to get out of the saddle and stand on the pedals to go up. Once you trust the bike, up is easier than down. So long as it doesn't go on too long.

This should be good for getting the legs into shape -there a plan, okay vague idea, to do the c2c this summer, and up north they have hills! And it is fartlek training for free.

My longest run so far is only 8 miles, I'd like to get to double this at some point, but any longer than that and gears are the way to go.

Overall it's a more physical ride and also a smoother one as there's not the clunking gear change, probably especially noticeable on my tourer with its down tube shifters and mongrel  drive train. Since your legs are always turning you are always thinking about pace, whether it's recovery, a sprint downhill to get you up the other side, or resistance to stop the bike running away with you. Cycling becomes more involving, and thus more fun.

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