Sep 4, 2001 11:47 AM
|Visited my in-laws in the mountains this weekend, and took a short bike trip with the family. My wife and daughters had their knobby-tired all-terrain specials, but I just had my road bike along (at least I had switched out my Axial Pros for cheap 25's). We took a gravel/silt/stone bikeway between a river and a set of railroad tracks, with me figuring that if the big boys can do Paris-Roubaix, then I could cruise through thirty miles or so of unpaved recreational riding.
Oh, boy. Everything changes when you're focusing on staying upright rather than burning the blacktop, including horrible things happening to your wrists, shoulders, and neck! After we were done, two thoughts stuck with me: it's amazing that it took so long before mountain bikes were invented, and it's even more amazing what the pros can do with road bikes!
|Speaking of which...||MrCelloBoy|
Sep 4, 2001 12:12 PM
|Balzing Saddles, an Irish Tour group came through Sonoma County last month and our local club hosted a ride or two.
We were apologizing for some of the rough roads, but they replied that it was nothing. Sean Kelly was one of the star guests. My riding pals who went on the ride said it was amazing to watch him cruise over choppy surfaces like they weren't there. The cobbles of europe indeed prepare you for anything.
Sep 4, 2001 3:00 PM
|Now there's a racing hero! I missed out on meeting him a few years ago and regret it. He's a class act.
Next Tuesday my LBS is hosting a training ride for the USPS team and possibly Once and Saeco when they get here for the BMC pro race (Sept 16th in Houston). You can bet I'll be there with a camera. I'm not the star-struck type, but it's rare you get to ride with the pro's. These guys are usually super cool. The real questions is how long can we stay with them?!
Sep 4, 2001 2:45 PM
|Do you realize they average over 25 mph at Paris-Roubaix? Amazing on those surfaces. But, not all the route is cobbles.