Sunday, December 5, 2004

Little River and The New Gear

I had to admit defeat somewhat after a night ride last week whereby I realized that until I got my knee problem resolved I was not going to be able to push the 32x18 gear. So today Steve switched my bike to a 32x19, which dropped it down roughly one gear easier. I gave the new ratio a try at the Little River Trails Grand Opening this afternoon. Although the trails had a lot of up and down (mostly up it seemed), and there were a couple of climbs I was still unable to make, I was happy to find that the reduced gear ratio seemed to work a lot better. After about two hours or so of riding, my knee was still quite sore and painful, but not nearly to the degree it was after less than one hour at the higher gear. As an aside, it was also most wonderful to see so many people at the grand opening in support of the mountain bike trails. I saw lots of folks I hadn't seen in a long while, and had an extremely pleasant afternoon chatting with old friends and making new ones. I'm also pleased to report that I'm still gaining confidence and an increased level of comfort in handling on the rigid bike, and feel like our "bonding" process is coming along nicely. I don't even think about the fact that I have no suspension (or gears) anymore at all, and it just seems completely natural and normal for me.

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