Here is my route,
When I get to El Monte, hear me pout,
"Give me a push while I pass out!"
This first thing out of my roommates mouth when I brought this upstairs was, "Are you going to repaint that thing?"
No. It's gray. It's always been gray, it will always be gray. I bought the most boring looking bike for a reason: I want to keep it.
After 7 months of no bike, I finally returned to two wheels. I bought something explicitly to get me from Redwood City to Muppett Field without a bus or train. I am also entertaining the idea of riding from Muppett Field to Foothill College, and then from College to home (thankfully, 80% down hill.) The whole route is 29 miles long and 626 feet of climbing.
Got my ride yesterday and set it up last night. Today, I tried my route, my whole route, and nothing but my route (so help me DOG) and let me say, my route and my ride are a fantastic match. The big challenge was getting a single speed bike up El-Monte, which is 500ft of climbing over 8 miles. I only wanted for a tooth or two, and considering I've been off bikes for 7 months, I am sure those teeth won't matter in a month, and in three, I may be losing teeth and getting up hill just fine.
The rest of the ride, I hit top speed pretty quickly, so I am going to be working to lose some teeth quickly.
It's been 11 years since I rode a road bike, and it's been 7 years since I rode out of the saddle (my last bike SUCKED out of the saddle, but was awesome on it) so I'm in for a rough couple months as I reconfigure my body to climb hills. This is body building by Fro. That's just how it goes.
Over all, though, I am very happy with my ride and my performance considering my extended hiatus. It will be a while before I do a "production" run, though. One, because I need my car Monday and Wednesday and, two, because I have school Monday and Wednesday, I'll have no chance. So I am going to work Thursday and Friday, so I will ride those days between Muppett Field and Home.