On Ye Bike
Ever since I was a
small child I always rode a bike. As years went on I got into
Motorbikes, and forgot all about cycling. As I got older and have
become a bit of an unfit fat B*****D, I thought it would help
give the old ticker a bit of a run, and maybe stretch the lungs
a little etc. Maybe build up a little bit of general all round
fitness. Ho Ho Ho!
As I also like the
countryside I bought a mountain bike, these didn't exist when
I was a kid, but I do recall building something similar for going
over the fields. It was great fun.
Well 25+ years gone,
and not a No Fear T-Shirt to be seen. I went out and tried to
find a bike. Well blow me what a selection, and what a lot of
dosh. In the end I plumped for something which was a lot more
than I intended to pay. It did have a good gear set, it did have
full shocks, and it really felt right - it just sort of fitted.
Also for a cool factor it had a carbon fibre rear which also reduced
weight, very handy when having to lift the bike over gates when
coming back from the pub across country :-)
Anyway this is the
beast. Could this be my salvation to a healthy lifestyle? It's
not looking too promising at the moment - but I will do better
It is actually amazingly
fast compared to what I remember from my childhood, and with 24
gears it even keeps your hands busy. As for brakes, they seem
good, but I guess a few more rides before I dare go and get the
No Fear T-Shirt.
I have also discovered
that seriously fast and furious cycling minutes after getting
up following a rather heavy liquid dinner party is not good for
your health. I made a short 2 mile journey at an amazing rate,
only to have to lie down when I got there. See I am learning,
a little bit at a time me thinks.
Wish me luck.