Wilf Rides Again
I had to go and visit three separate companies yesterday, including a new one, where the people don’t really know me. So I needed to take a full change of clothes, as well as the laptop, cables, camera, etc, etc.
For most of the last few months, I’ve been riding Trixie the Fixie or
Gina Christine, which are both great summer bikes. But with no luggage carrying capacity, they just weren’t suitable - there was no way that I was going to put all that load on my back!
So I took Wilf, my sturdy commuting bike. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again - the differences between how different bikes ride are really quite surprising. Wilf would be described as a slow & steady bike - chunky road tyres, chunky mountain bike frame, single chainring, wide spread of gears on the back - but only 8 sprockets, so the gaps between ‘em are big, mudguards, and a luggage rack. The 22-litre capacity Ortlieb office bag on the back also does wonders for the handling . . . .NOT!
You’d think that riding Wilf isn’t much fun, compared with my racier, shexier road bikes. But actually not - the sturdiness brings it’s own benefits, like those tyres soaking up lots more bumps & rumbles, and the extra weight translating to momentum, so that you’re not easily slowed down by gusty winds.
On the down side, the wide handlebars & luggage have all the aerodynamics of a brick travelling broadside. Wilf is not a fast bike . . . but you can’t have everything.
- Type: Cycle
- Date: 08/08/2007
- Total Time: 2:08:00.00
- Distance: 32 miles
- Average Speed: 15 mph