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Felt like I was flying this morning.

Discussion in 'Commuting' started by Twenty Inch, 4 Feb 2008.

  1. Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    Got on my refurbed Giant racer today for the first time in about 5 years for my daily commute.

    Steel frame, 700cx25 wheels, drops, STI RSX shifters. About half the weight of my commuter clunker, with its big wheels, fat tyres, mudguards, panniers and lights.

    It was ever-so-slightly scary until I got used to the twitchiness, the instant reaction, the speed and the willingness to jump ahead. Then it was like flying.

    The long hill up out of the railway station was suddenly a small rise, and I danced up it, hardly touching the pedals. The drop down the other side was a long, gliding sweep, road noise and breathing barely audible. The slightest pressure on the pedals and the bike jumped forward, willing me to swoop and soar, to glide past cars and sail through junctions. I had to make a conscious effort to regain control and obey the rules of the road, to take back the initiative from this thoroughbred that has spent far too long in the cellar.

    Yippee!
     
  2. JamesAC

    JamesAC Senior Member

    Location:
    London
    What sort of mushrooms did you have for breakfast?
     
  3. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    that does sound jolly

    ditto to a lesser extent, fixed a stiff link, cleaned and oiled a very very dirty chain, dug out about two feet of elastic cloth from the block, reset the front brakes so the bike can be stopped

    rode in LS top and new gillet rather than nightvision, add the usual Monday morning 'I could do this for a living' vigour and a beautiful day and it was a thoroughly enjoyable ride
     
  4. Maz

    Maz Guru

    ...but wait, who's that in the car behind you? You didn't obey the rules of the road. Now the police are hot on your heels for speeding! They turn on their siren. Siren? That's not a siren...No! That's your alarm clock beeping. Time to wake up!!!
     
  5. fossyant

    fossyant Ride It Like You Stole It!

    Location:
    South Manchester
    And why has the bike been in the cellar.... ??? :tongue:
     
  6. OP
    OP
    Twenty Inch

    Twenty Inch New Member

    Location:
    Behind a desk
    No mushroom trip could compare to the sheer silkiness, the sensuous speedy delights of this morning's commute. Give me 538 tubing over psyilocybin any day for real thrills.

    It's been in the cellar because I stopped riding triathlons, and started commuting to work in London. More money, less time.
     
  7. BentMikey

    BentMikey Rider of Seolferwulf

    Location:
    South London
    I had that feeling on my way to work on Sunday. Turns out it was a 20mph tailwind. Doh!!

    I did get to enjoy a smiley bemused look from a club cyclist out on a training run. He was looking at my 184rpm on fixed down the hill at Leaves Green, LOL!
     
  8. I get that and there's me thinking im rolling back the years.(Like Gazza)

    Then I realise it's the same old thing.(Tailwind):biggrin:
     
  9. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    yes funny how strong tailwinds have to be before you notice them

    and how weak headwinds have to be
     
  10. gavintc

    gavintc Guru

    Location:
    Southsea

    This is so true. My wife cycle out to meet me on my commute last week. I commented that it was such a pleasant evening and there was hardly any wind - lovely cycling. She quickly retorted that her 6 miles had been into a serious headwind while my 10 miles had been significantly wind assisted. :biggrin:
     
  11. Tynan

    Tynan Veteran

    Location:
    e4
    sad, if I could fix one thing it's be wind, road surface somewhere behind that, hills wouldn't even get a look in, a headwind is so soul destroying

    windy here today, into it with gusto this morning, fingers crossed it'll blow me home tonight, that's been the pattern lately
     
  12. I'd fix the blasted traffic lights at Abbey Road Stratford.;)