Well, it sure has been a while since I have posted here. Shoulder surgery at the end of October, put me on a bike riding hiatus for a bit. And of course the holidays also consumed a bit of time. While I was restricted from outdoor bike riding, I did put my bike on a trainer and "rode" inside. Not nearly as much as I had planned, or should have, though. Again, the holidays got in the way.
I bought a CycleOps Mag Bike Trainer from REI online. Because my bike spits black something when I ride, and I'm not sure why or how to stop it, I also bought a mat to go under it. I added a CycleOps Climbing Riser Block as well, to stabilize the front wheel and make the bike more level. This set up has worked pretty well for me. It's fairly quiet and I can adjust some of the tension by shifting.
My grandson wanted to get into the act too, although he didn't quite understand why I couldn't move across the room with him!
Well, time passed and Christmas came and my son and his wife gave me a new bike for Christmas and my upcoming birthday! Yippee! It's a Salsa Vaya 2. My son customized it just a little bit for me, but in general it is described as
"a touring and road adventure bike, designed to handle any 'road' surface, from pavement, to gravel, to dirt."
I LOVE it! It's lighter than my old bike, and is a bit more responsive. I have much different handle bars as well that give me a variety of positions to use. It also has disk brakes. So, my new bike and I have to get to know each other a bit.
Today I went on my first outdoor ride since my surgery! And it was also my first ever winter ride!
I had guessed back at the end of the summer what type and weight of clothing I might need for winter riding so that I could take advantage of closeout sales online at REI to purchase last year's models of winter wear. I guessed pretty well, I think. Today's ride was in about 30 degree weather. I wore my chamois and some biking pants that had a very thin fleece lining and were waterproof/windproof in the front. On top I layered a turtleneck, a long sleeve bike jersey, and a lightweight quilted jacket. I bought a thin fleece skull cap to fit under my helmet and that along with a scarf kept my head and neck warm. I wore ankle high boots instead of sneakers, which is what I usually wear to ride, and a pair of knit gloves. I was warm and comfortable for the whole ride!
It was a mostly cloudy day with no wind. I rode 9.34 miles. I didn't go very fast, but I did take some mild hills and continue to learn how to shift and what gears to use on my new bike. My old bike only had 7 gears, and my new bike has many more. It wasn't my fastest ride, only about 10 mph, but since I haven't been on the road riding in 2 months, I thought it was pretty good.
My goal is to ride outside now as much as time and the weather will allow me to for the rest of the winter. When I can't ride outside, I need to force myself to ride that old friend on the trainer in the family room. That way, hopefully, by spring I will be in good condition, will maybe have lost a little weight again, and will be really ready to roll!