I haven't been riding much recently with my moving and wedding trip and such. So Monday was the first time in a couple months I actually rode for a couple hours after work. And since I got to work at 6:30am I was on my commuter with my seizure inducing lights. This bike has to weigh 25-28 lbs. It's a pig. The front wheel has a generator hub so it's as heavy as a normal rear wheel. It has my heavy duty touring rack for when I need to slap on panniers to haul clothes or food to/from work. I adjusted the stem to allow for a very upright riding position so yesterdays ride into the 20mph headwind was especially fun. The other problem with a heavy bike is, for some reason, a strong tailwind really doesn't push you along as much.
I did the downtown, bellevue blvd, Hayworth park, to the trail loop. Since I was pretty slow going up hills and such, this ride which would normally take me just under a couple hours took almost 2.5 hrs. I forgot my cycling gloves so my palms were pretty sore afterward.
So now that I know I can ride a bit of a distance on my heavy bike, should we make this Sundays Shabbos +1 ride the official first of many heavy bike trudges? Carribou at 8am for a couple, may 3 hrs? Anyone, anyone? Fred, still got your old Lemond to dust off?