So it is Christmas Eve and I finally head out on my new old bike (eBay did me proud). And I find out a few things:
1. Road bikes are wierd.
Now I have what I would call a typical London bike, second hand, weighs a ton, started off life as one thing but has since morphed into an odd hybrid with over the years the changing of the tyres, the brakes, the addition of a panier rack and rear mud guard adapted to fit as they were free etc. etc. Put it this way I am not too worried about it being stolen. Now my new road bike is an intimidating (to me) bit of kit. I have had to call it Doris to make it less scary. So what I learnt about Doris was her saddle was in the wrong place, I may need to label the gears as I kept grinding to a halt by going the wrong way uphill and going downhill it would be possible to break the speed limit if I wasn't such a coward. Oh and the first time I stood on the pedals I nearly ended up in the hedge. And what is with that steering? In short she is going to take some getting used too!
2. Dorset lanes are indeed 60% mud.
3. Cycling just for fun (as oppose to trying to get from A to B as fast as possible as you are late for work) is great! I had forgotten that.
4. I am VERY unfit. Apparently even Badgers are more spry than me. They come with their own warning signs.
Will keep you posted with improvement hopefully!