Wednesday, 2 August 2006

Soggy ridin'

Where were you at 2 this afternoon? Nice and warm at work? I was out in the pissing rain, getting soaked to the skin and cover in mud.

A very soggy ride around my 'usual' local loop this afternoon. It took me just over two hours, I think, but I was soaked to the skin and covered in mud by the end of it. But hey, skin's waterproof and mud washes off.

Using the dots on the line around the route in the post linked to earlier, I'd guess at a distance of 20km, which is only about 12 miles, in 2 hours. I was on the On-One Inbred, but rode the whole thing in middle-middle, so almost singlespeed.

This is only the third time in the last 4 1/2 months that I've ridden a geared bike, and I just couldn't be bothered changing gear! I'm starting to agree with Henri Desgrange:

I still feel that variable gears are only for people over forty-five. Isn't it better to triumph by the strength of your muscles than by the artifice of a derailer? We are getting soft...As for me, give me a fixed gear!
-- Henri Desgrange, L'Équipe article of 1902

(I just found NCBC Fixed Gear, which has some great links including one to Cycling before Lycra which describes some great off-road fixed gearing from the days of yore. Need Less, Do More.)

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mactually » Blog Archive » 2006 Biking said...

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