Saturday, September 09, 2006

Ride to the Zoo with my Babe!

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This morning i did my first LSD ride with my red hotz babe!! I was a little excited abt the biking trip to the zoo that i woke up a couple of times during the night... it is our maiden excursion together, u know!!
Carry her down to the void deck at abt 6am.. i was having some problems mounting her, so decided to do a warm-up ride around my neighbour before riding to the Zoo!
After the warm up, i felt more confident n comfortable riding her... onli then we proceeded to the Zoo.. Serangoon Central > Boundary Rd > AMK> OUTR> UTR> Mandai Rd > Zoo then U-turn to same way back to my Nest!
It was a cool morning with very little traffic on the road which was great for a novice cyclist like me. Faced n Climbed up the first small upslopes near Lorong Chuan without much difficulties then i thought i would faced as i am using the larger Front Chainset! Also, the traffic light near the slope was green , or else if i stopped.. i may just rolled back.
Then the troubles started when i have to stop at the traffic light along AMK, i fumbled rather badly when babe came to stop and when i have to dismount her .. i was clumsily and nearly tripped!!! The push-off was not much better.. the wheels n the handles were wobbly as my feet could not co-ordinated properly the pedals ... also having problem deciding which leg to start the pedaling!! People who saw my indeciveness n clumsy must have laughed the Heads off... Lucky, there was not a single biker riding near me through the whole distance close enough to witnessed them!!! I guess all the Real Bikers are now in Desaru for the HIM Tri event!!Fortunately, i began to get a little better in stop n start routine!
The route has rolling slopes especially at UTR n Mandai Rd.. my legs were okie but my lower back n butt were strained n were hurting!! They were very grateful that i took a water break upon reaching the zoo before i U-turned home.
The return trip was rather smooth, but i still have troubles when i have to make a full stop at traffic lights n then with Re-Start routine... i was just too clumsy with Stops n Starts !!!! Finally, Got back sound n safe in abt 1 hr 45mins except for a aching lower back, a numb right thumbs n painful butt!
Observations:
1) I think my right leg is the stronger one.. it is easily to start pedaling with my Right!
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2) The Italia Selle Seat may be too long or located too far front ( hmm.. already postioned it max to the back!), it may be the causes for severe butt pains n discomforts! Even the fabrics of my PI biking tights got caught by its long "NecK".

3) Legs are feeling pretty alright n okie after the ride.
4) Babe's Gears are reasonably smooth during changeover..

Overall, it was a Satisfactory Ride with my Red Hotz Babe to Zoo! Both of us are Happy this morning!


2 comments:

Anonymous said...

take it easy when the clip-on pedal. perhaps u need more practice especially when u stop at traffic junction and u are going uphill.
u might want to check your bike fit too. if u sit too far back maybe u should get a shorter stem.
ride safely!!!

Anonymous said...

sorry.. wrong info. longer stem i mean..

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