I rarely ride more than 10 miles in a day now. It’s mostly just commuting, errands, or neighborhood rides. Robin and I still ride to volleyball on Mondays.
Some of this is mental. I still suffer from depression. Some of this is poor time-management and some is logistical.
I bought the new hybrid (Nermal 2.0?) to make into a gravel bike. I’ve added a rear rack so I can ride it to work. I still needs changes:
- Fatter tires
- Better saddle
- Two-bolt seatpost
- Better seatpost clamp
- Another bottle cage
Once I get those things, I’m prepared for gravel rides. Later, I’d like:
- Different handlebars
- Better brakes, pads, and levers
- Small front rack
- Better pedals
Maybe next year I can really upgrade the bike, to where only the frame and a few parts are still original. I’d add:
- Better wheels
- 9-speed drivetrain (3×9 or maybe 2×9)
- New crankset
- New shifters
All this is nice, but doesn’t solve the root causes. I’m out of shape and depressed about it.