1. Hill repeats on a bike are WAY harder than hill repeats on you your feet!
What? What's wrong with reflectors? I'm riding in the dark, shouldn't I have reflectors? My friend Ralph, that same Tuesday morning during hill repeats, lovingly told me that the reflectors have to go. Mountain bikes aren't cool with reflectors. HHHHMMM. After hill repeats, I headed to work and took my bike inside (cuz it's not safe outside) and my friend Tom, who is also a crazy MTBer proceeded to confirm Ralph's statement, and told me that reflectors aren't cool. Whatever! Until I can afford to have a Road Bike and a Mountain Bike, and as long as I'm riding my mountain bike on the streets in the dark, the reflectors stay on.
3. Kickstands are not cool!
What? What's with all this stuff not being cool! Tom totally made fun of me for having a kickstand on my bike. I said what's the big deal? He then proceed to share his vast knowledge about MTBing. Anything that adds weight to your bike, that is not necessary, needs to go. He said my bike was pretty heavy to begin with and that I should try to lighten it up. I aked, "what, my kickstand adds a whole ounce?" LOL. Anyways, I told him he had carte blanche to make my bike "cool" or at least remotely cooler than it is now. So he took off the kickstand and the chain guard. Apparently, you need the teeth of your gears to help you get over logs when you're mountain biking. HHHHMMM, not sure how many logs I'll be attempting to jump over, but ok, I want to be cool. When he handed me the kickstand, I was shocked to feel just how heavy that sucker was. It was at least a pound. Now I know why it was so hard to get up that hill. Sheesh.
Yuck - I'm not sure how many bugs I ate or ended up in my eyes on Wednesday night when I went for a ride around the lake. I started out from Karen's heading toward Hazel on the dirt trail. It was around 4:45 and the sun was slowly going down. On the dirt trail, I battled bugs. Not pleasant.
|EEEWWW - this is what I felt like after my ride! Gross!|
By the time I ended up on the opposite side of the river heading back to my truck it was dark and it got creepy. I didn't see too many other bikes out and on that portion of the bike trail you can't see the river, which meant you were more inland/shielded from view. Creepy. I won't be doing that anymore.
So that's what I've learned so far. Stay tuned for more adventures in my biking world.
PS - I'm really missing the trails. My feet can't wait to hit dirt again.
Stay dirty or actually right now, stay muddy.