Today was an easy bike day. But first, you need to know I just got a brand new Orbea Onix TDE, the one with the orange and black paint job. There weren't any shoes my size, so I have to make do with loaner flat pedals for now. Still, I'm totally thrilled with my new bike. The ride today was a 20 Km loop. I got around it in 46:28, feet scittering all over the pedals. There was one place where I was stopped at light, and tried to bring my left foot up to the top of the pedal arc, ready to pedal away when the light changed. Of course, without toe clips, my foot came up but the pedals didn't move. oops. I pulled my feet off the pedals a bunch of times trying to spin. Can't wait for shoes to come in, and real pedals to be installed.
The bike felt great!! I don't have a computer on it yet, so I don't know how fast I was going down hill, but I was still pedaling and wasn't in the top gear. I estimate it was, oh, about damn fast. It's so nice to feel pedalling effort going into making the bike go faster, rather than overcoming rolling resistance. I could have ridden further, but I was starting to feel it in my hands and butt. The positioning is quite a bit different from my faithful hybrid, and I'm still getting used to it.
At one spot I was passing a guy collecting some of the construction signage. He was nice enough to tell me I could pass his truck without worrying about cars. Then he looked at my bike and smiled. "Nice bike!" he said. That put a smile on my face.
In other news, at last I understand the anxiety girls feel as bikini season approaches. I went to MEC to buy some cool/cold weather gear for riding and running. The list included some more shirts, tights, and a wind breaker with lots of reflective stripes. Let's just say that large wasn't large enough, and leave it at that.
More fabulous Calgary weather, mostly sunny and about 13 or 14 C. A great day to be outside.
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