|Even Senior citizens like big wheels.|
Well, maybe not quite that, but an aching back, lead legs, and pretty much zilch for zip had me wondering.
So this Sat's ride was a bit of the known and some unknown as I was scouting out the next Ramble Ride. The first loop is a 20 mile section of the forest that climbs for 10 miles on a mix of fireroad and singletrack and it is not an easy putt. It is one of my favorite rides, but it tests you. I have several bikes I could pick from at the moment, but I chose the steel singlespeed that I am testing. Why? Well, for one, I have yet to spend quality time with it. This ride absolutely is all that and more. For another, I love riding my SS and this one is my favorite yet. And finally, it would be harder that way. I had something to prove to myself, I guess.
I needed to know whether or not I should be walker shopping.
And, I am happy to report, I can postpone my walker for another day. I felt strong all day and rode like the hills did not matter. I restored my faith in my abilities and proved once again that I absolutely love riding a singlespeed 29er, especially a steel one.
So here is a toast to long climbs, narrow, acorn covered singletracks, simple steel bikes, and one gear. And lift your glass a second time to postponing the inevitable...keeping the walker at bay for a little bit longer.