Well guys the ride went great, I got out to the trails about 2pm, and without anymore any hesitation I was off. It had been so long since I was last on a bike everything felt like a distant memory. It was like I knew what to do but reacted slow at first. So from the get go the bike seemed much faster then I remember and the braking was fanominal. There were many things that at first slowed me down. The first was picking which gear to be at while on the trail. My old bike was a 21 speed and the new one is a 30 speed, so as you can see I was confused at first, after about an hour I started getting the hang of the gearing. The second was the new bike is much stiffer and the cornering is much sharper, I also lean I bit further so my center of gravity lower. I kept taking corners like I did in my old bike and turned a bit sooner then expected. The last thing was the brakes. My old bike had v-brakes and I had outperformed the many times.The new bike had Shimano M446 hydraulic disc brakes which is an amazing upgrade from what i’m used to. I would be barreling down the trail and hit the brakes but these brakes slow me down MUCH faster then my old ones did, so I would lose my momentum and stall on the uphills. I must say i’m so excited to see how far this bike advance me on the single track. I feel this bike wont hold me back for a while. I’m extremely pleased with its performance.
Now aside from the bike, my performance on the trail was better than I expected. I figured my body was completely out of shape and would be able to ride for nearly as long as I used to, but I was wrong. I noticed my lungs and heart wore out easier than normal and biking took more out of me. My legs to had suffered just a little bit from not biking. The uphills pretty much killed my heart, lungs, and legs but that’s normal.
Guys it just felt good to be on a bike again, I missed biking as much as I missed being surrounded my nature. So that’s about it. I road for a few hours and got about 15 miles in…..my butts sore ROFLMAOS