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Hauled out the bikes for the first time in almost a year today. 55… 
10th-Jul-2010 04:09 pm
Hauled out the bikes for the first time in almost a year today. 55 minutes (+ stops), 7 miles. We rode down our road, hung a right on the road that my parents' church is on, road up to the main road, then turned around and came back from whence we came.

My parents' church road is hillier than it looks.

If I/we are going to keep doing this, a hydration pack would be a good call.

It is less warm out there than it has been, but still mighty warm.

Riding here in the country where we live now is much more pleasant than riding in town was. The speed limits are higher, but the traffic density is much lower, and the drivers much more cognizant of hazards (people walking, kids, people on lawnmowers, tractors, dogs, other animal life, people on bikes, people pulled over to check their mail, people pulled over to talk to each other) than they are in town.
11th-Jul-2010 12:02 am (UTC)
What sort of bike do you have?
11th-Jul-2010 01:47 am (UTC)
I have a Mongoose comfort bike: http://www.amazon.com/Mongoose-Placid-Womens-Comfort-26-Inch/dp/B0007ZF5KS/ref=sr_1_5?ie=UTF8&s=sporting-goods&qid=1278812611&sr=8-5


- it was on sale when we got our bikes (like, $120 or so)
- it ships free
- the front wheel comes off easily, so if you're riding in a city and want to buy yourself a little more security that your bike won't walk off, you can take the wheel with you. Ditto for the seat.
- lots of gears
- fairly comfortable for shortish rides


- if you're short, it's not a great fitting bike. We had to replace the seat post to make it ride-able for me, so I don't reap the benefits of that nice sproingy seat post.
- heavy as sin

Overall, it's been a great beginning bike; it's been comfy for riding around town, it's taken lots of abuse, I've never had a flat tire. The chain's only jumped a couple of times. However, if I want to go out on longer and longer rides, my butt is going to want a beat seat experience, and the rest of me is going to want a lighter bike. :)
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