I took my new pushbike out on it’s maiden voyage yesterday. In fact, 20 years out of the saddle, it was a bit of a maiden voyage for both of us!
The kids were keen to come out too, and so we took a short ride up into Streatley village, to visit the wife’s brother.
Man, it was hard work. It was only three miles to get there, but I’ve never ridden so slowly. It took us about 40 minutes!
Amelia refuses to change out of first gear and so her legs were going like the clappers whilst tortoises and sloths lazily made their way past. Meanwhile Harry was stuck in fourth gear, again refusing to change and then getting off and walking whenever we hit the slightest of inclines.
However, I found my new steed easy to ride, though only ever having ridden road bikes in the past, the hydraulic suspension on this hybrid takes a bit of getting used to.
The other thing that will take some time to get to grips with, is the gearing. My old bike had five gears, which was plenty. This one has twenty-one! Having now tried them all out, I reckon there are about fifteen gears that I’ll hardly ever use.
I’m looking forward to going out on it again though- sans kids this time – so I can get a proper feel for what it’s capable of, but I consider my first sojourn a success… despite being a little saddlesore this morning.