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First 'Real' ride of the year!!(6 posts)

First 'Real' ride of the year!!JBergland
Mar 12, 2001 7:01 AM
Yesterday four of us (Silver Cycling, Lakeville, MN) decided to try and go out for a ride for maybe an hour. Temp was in the high 20's-low 30's with the sun out. We all took our mountain bikes because the roads were less than ideal. I felt GREAT!! I stayed in the big ring (not all that tough on a mountain bike) the whole ride. I thought over the first couple hills that the guys were pulling "the trick" (see below) on me... but they weren't. I've been getting tired of riding inside on the Rollers over the last week or so, but it has made a HUGE difference!! The sad part about this whole experience is that is snowed 3 inches last night with another 3 expected today/tonight!!:( The one hour ride ended up lasting three.

'The Trick' The trick happens to anyone in our group/club/team that has gotten a new bike (or maybe wheel set). Just before or during a ride everyone decides on a hill to hang back on. The person who has bought the new bike is set-up to lead the climb... they need to be in the front. As this person keeps climbing up the hill everyone falls farther and farther back until it's obvious what we are doing. About a two year ago one guy had just gotten a new Ti Serotta. He was a BIG guy and struggled with any hill. When he turned around to see where everyone was, he almost fell over laughing. Not only had he 'dropped' all of us, but we were all off of our bikes walking up the hill!! It's amazing what a difference a new bike can make!!:)
Rollers rule.bill
Mar 12, 2001 7:20 AM
I went out yesterday for a bit, and, after rollering three or four times per week since November, I've never felt so good in March. Or April or May. Or maybe even June.
Not to say that a trainer couldn't have accomplished the same results in terms of fitness, BUT. I felt through my pedal stroke and plain ol' felt the bike in a way that I never have before on the road. Say what you want; I'm giving the credit to rollers.
re: First 'Real' ride of the year!!Dustin
Mar 12, 2001 8:31 AM
Where did you ride? I went riding with a group yesterday down in the southern metro(eagan, Apple Valley, etc.) I never thought I would be saying 28 degrees felt nice. Right now I'm looking out the window at about 5 inches of fresh snow. Looks like the roads are pretty much done for a while. Back to indoor riding.
re: First 'Real' ride of the year!!JBergland
Mar 12, 2001 9:21 AM
I think we were probably a little south of you. We went from Lakeville to Prior Lake to Burnsville ( just behind Buck Hill) and then back home. We saw two other riders, but no one else. I'm surprised more cyclists were not out... it was great outside (for Minn in March!!).
re: First 'Real' ride of the year!!nigel
Mar 12, 2001 9:05 AM

Glad your first solid outing was so pleasurable. I've been feeling cabin fever for a while here in NYC. The roads have been crappy, wet, and sloppy, and my new yellow bike just didn't want to go out in it for its first real ride. ;) Spring's coming on quickly, though.

I actually rode twice this weekend. We had temps in the 40s and 50s here at long last, but it's in the 30s again now, I think, and rain's due tonight. :(

Fortunately, the two guys I rode with on Sunday had bikes that were, respectively, two weeks old (DeRosa Planet) and two minutes old (we left the bike shop with him for his Trek 2300's first ride). Mine was the oldest at almost a month and a half! Nobody did The Trick, but that's a GREAT story, and had me laughing, especially at the Big Ti guy. Good fun, man.

Here's to a great year of riding for you. Thanks for sharing.
re: First 'Real' ride of the year!!LBS Guy
Mar 12, 2001 5:39 PM
Conditions must be alot better in the south, I've been riding outside the whole year only a few times have i been on the trainer cause of really bad rain, or cause i got home to late to ride outside, guess i should count myself lucky, later, i'm gonna try that trick on my freind since he's getting a new bike next week