Well, it’s Friday and the week-end looks like it might hold a ride or two, but it can’t compare to the three days I had last week-end. I am not sure what you all experienced, but here in the Atlanta area we had 3 perfect days for riding. It was clear and the top temps were in the mid 80’s, and the humidity was low.
My son and I hit the mountain bike trails on Saturday and Sunday. We didn’t do anything extreme because we haven’t been out much and I was recovering from getting back into commuting. We put in about 15 miles on Saturday and around 12 on Sunday. To tell the truth, except for a couple loops, we pretty much just noodled on the easy trail. It made for a great recovery for me and got his legs going again after a rain forced delay in the start to our riding season.
On Monday, I got out early and took the Schwinn I re-build out for its first long ride. I did a 20 mile loop and put her through the paces. We did some good climbs, nice flats, and the ever cherished descents. I got used to the shifters fairly quickly and found it pretty easy to get into the gear I wanted before I actually needed it for a climb. The lugged steel frame ate up the road vibration, yet did not seem to flex too much when I needed to put the power to the pedals. Overall the bike performed flawlessly and I had a completely enjoyable ride.
I have to say, that I am no longer looking for a new road bike, and would recommend an old school bike to anyone looking to just enjoy touring or riding their local roads. I realize that the Schwinn would not be a good choice for racing, but I am long past my racing days. I know that a lot of folks are lured by the new bike look and feel, but in my opinion there is nothing that looks and feels like a good steel bike. The tubes are refined, the ride is smooth, and a little wax makes them shine like new.
Currently in my stable:
Gary Fisher Marlin 29er Single Speed mountain bike
Trek DS 8.3 frame build up as a commuter
Schwinn World Sport late 80’s road bike
Univega 70’s 10 speed road bike (looking to sell)
Well enough about the past and here is hoping you all have a great week-end of riding this week-end. Not sure what all I will do, but hope to get out at least once on the trails and then maybe sneak in a road ride as well. Next week is also looking pretty promising for getting some commuting in as well.
Ride long and prosper!