|I knew I was going on a longer ride, so I ate a biker breakfast.|
|The bike. What shall I call it? Fancy Beast?|
I took a bike we inherited from the Moscou’s storage shed, a Raleigh bike, out for a test drive.
I wasn’t expecting much. It’s a mountain bike like the beast. But it felt fast, a nice ride. It’s lighter than the beast, but when I was pumping along the trail just north of Boyson Road, it felt like I was going fast, faster than I do when riding Francis.
Which was weird. The Beast is a slower bike than Francis. And this mountain bike had a top gear of 6—it’s only an 18-speed bike, not 21 like Francis or the Beast, although it was travelling fast in 6.
|I was not always moving fast. A long train late in the ride had me waiting for a while.|
And I made a mistake. I don’t recall exactly why—whether there was a slight upgrade I started to climb or it was because I was coming to the first road—but I shifted. And since I was not used to the bike, I made my mistake.
I thought I was shifting from 6, the highest year, to 5. Instead, a number that had not been visible—hidden after a little gap.
7. Holy guacamole, this is a 21-speech bike, and there’s a faster gear than 6. And when I was in seven, the fat tires sung on the trail and I zoomed towards Lafayette. It was 7 miles and took about 35 minutes to get there.
|Selfie at Tait Cummins before heading home.|
So, what a surprise.
The long test drive of the new beast-style bike produced unexpected results.
I rode to Lafayette and down to Tait Cummins park. I don’t have a computer on this bike, but I think it was around 45 miles.
And they went by faster than I expected.
|I saw what I thought was a swan on the Cedar River, but it honked like a goose, and besides the white feathers, acted like a goose, honked like a goose and was handing out with geese. Well, there are species of white geese, but why was this one here?|
It was the second day of new rides. Friday, Audrey and I rode out to Culver’s. That time, I rode the beast because it’s a closer match to my wife’s bike. I think it was our first ride of the summer, and it was really nice.
Two days and two new rides.
|Friday night at Culvers. Our bikes parked at the rack.|