Monday, December 31, 2007

Last ride of the year. Jose and I decided it was a good idea to use our day off to ride at 7 a.m. in the morning of December 31st. I have to say that it was pretty cold, and I didn't bring any leg warmers. Anyway, we started at 92 and Canada (much like yesterday's ride). But today was Jenny's maiden voyage. Yes, I've named my fixed-gear bike Jenny. Temperature according to the CRV's in-dash said 41 degrees fahrenheit but based on my wind-chill estimate plus relative frozen roadside puddle observations, I think it's safe to say that we started at about around 30 degrees for the ride. The temperature dramatically improved thirty minutes into Canada road and we were greeted by more cyclists towards the end of our ride. The fixed gear topped out at about 27 miles per hour downhill and my legs didn't feel so bad uphill. I am thoroughly convinced that this bike will be one of my favorites from now on. Happy new year to all.

Second to the last ride of the year for me. Gabe was with me on the ride, sleeping no less :-)

Monday, December 17, 2007

saturday was a good day for a ride with some old friends and some teammates from other years. good ride and even better company, portola valley california.

Thursday, December 13, 2007

Flipping the stem of the trek made a world of difference this week during the weekly lunch rides. I didn't realize how different the position would feel after I completed the procedure last Tuesday. The bike felt completely different to ride. I felt as if it was a smaller bicycle, just from the lower hand position. I also felt as if my legs were a little more bent during the crank revolutions. I raised the seat about a quarter of an inch today before lunch and felt better with my legs. I think I will keep this new position throughout the winter riding season and see if I feel like riding like this in my next century.