Pimping My Bike
I’ve done a bad thing.
I’ve submitted three photos of Trixie The Fixie to the Fixed Gear Gallery. I know I said that I wouldn’t, but we went out for a ride today, and I had just so much fun that I wanted to show everyone what I’ve got. And now I feel like I’ve betrayed her trust . . . [hopefully] the photos’ll be up on the site early next week.
Actually, hopefully, she won’t be too cross - hell hath no fury like a bike with trust abused!
The ride itself was great though. 36 miles in and around Newcastle and Gateshead and North Tyneside. The links for a GMAPS Pedometer map - I must get a GPS thingie to track my routes.
There was a light-ish breeze from the SouthWest, so the ‘out’ leg was mostly into the wind, but it was nothing to worry about. The best thing though was the fact that it wasn’t raining! In fact, despite the forecasts I’ve been watching for the whole week predicting a mostly wet day, it was just beautiful cycling weather - sunny enough to put a smile on your face, but not so bright to burn, or hot enough to reduce me to a dehydrated sweat ball.
The return section was just great - a little tailwind can go a long way. And I also rode up a reasonably challenging hill - Dean Street in central Newcastle, which I normally struggle on even with the aid of gears. OK, so I normally just spin it out, whereas today was all grunt, but that’s part of the fun of fixed. And it’ll make me Big and Strong and Tough. Or something like that anyway.
By the time I got home, I was feeling a little tired, and looking forward to stopping pedaling!
Big smiley face, and here are three Beautiful Things . . .
- The weather was just wonderful today!
- Trixie the Fixie is fast becoming my favourite bike. Gina’s still got her place for longer rides, and Wilf’s just great for luggage, but I’m really enjoying being a Fixer - especially around town, where she’s a great, fast bike, but I don’t look like a lycra loon in amongst the civilians.
- I phoned my friend Seth tonight, and we had a great talk. Catching up with people you’ve not seen / spoken to for a while, and realising that with real friends, time and geography aren’t factors that influence your connection is uncanny and wonderful.
Maybe I should cut back on the Soma - this Brave New World in which we live don’t seem so scary any more!
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 07/05/2007
- Time: 19:34:00
- Total Time: 2:20:00.00
- Distance: 36 miles
- Average Speed: 15.43 mph