On Saturday I met Tim at Breadworks. I had a cup of coffee and a snack before we headed out into the hills of Cherokee park, Indian Hills, and Mockingbird Valley. I’ve ridden these areas before, but it had been a while.
I was on the rSogn, of course. Tim followed suit, and rode his somewhat new (to him) Sogn. It was interesting to compare the two Rawland bicycles.
I hadn’t wrapped the bars yet, and forgot my gloves. My hands were uncomfortable, but this was more than made up for by the liveliness of the bike. It felt wonderful. I sprinted up hills. I bombed down descents. It’s just a great bike.
Tim and I went our separate ways. I stopped at Cumberland Brewery and had one beer and some sweet potato fries. Not diet healthy, but it just seemed right.
I ended the day with a somewhat hilly 31.6 miles, at a decent pace even.
I went to bed early Saturday night and slept a blissful 12 hours.
Sunday morning I tinkered with the bike. I ended up installing the small rear rack from the single-speed. I also put on the white bar tape that was included with the bike.
I’m not a fan of white bar tape. It gets dirty too easily. It supposed to look “pro”, so in other words, makes me look like a “poser”. Then again, when have I ever cared what others’ thought? This is free bar tape!
The bar tape is temporary. Saturday’s ride showed me that the bars are now at the right angle. I may need to change the cable housing once I have a new handlebar bag. Until then, white bar tape is where it’s at.
In the evening I went out for a spin. It wasn’t long, and I stopped for more beer and food, not helping my weight loss any.
I added a measly 10.4 miles for the day. I did spin at 22 mph in traffic on Bardstown Rd for a while. That felt good. I hit the traffic lights green for the entire stretch. Then I pulled over panting, feeling like I was going to lose my lungs.
It’ll take time to get my lungs and heart where they were. This is the right bike to do it.