Well... all that twisty stuff coupled with the ups and downs makes 11MPH quite reasonable indeed, I should imagine, though I must confess that I was a weak rider with inclines, and nervous on downhill runs, so I've little doubt that you'd CRUSH me rather easily! (That wouldn't stop me enjoying myself immensely in the scenery though.)
We took our 8-year old son on his second triathlon this weekend, and his bike s just a (heavy!) mountain bike. -It EASILY weighs more than twice what my full-size bike does. I spend the last couple of weeks out on training rides with him; We've got a lovely route near us which is level, flat, and a dedicated cycle trail. I mapped out a 10-mile circuit with a stopping point at 3 miles out. That allows him to stop and recharge, then attack a measured 2-mile section. I've been pacing & timing him and giving him tips on trying to quicken things up a little, while reminding him about riding safely and trying to keep aware.
So this weekend we threw on the bike rack and the wife & I took him down to Disney for the triathlon event. I spent a good part of the day looking at what the OTHER kids were riding, and -tellingly- where those kids were finishing. I saw that there were thee or four common bikes which were owned by the kids who were obviously putting some effort in, and all of them were 24-inch-wheel road bkes with aluminium frame & carbon forks.
I looked up prices and availability, and found that only two of those makers seem to be still producing the bikes... FELT (
Model F24) and Ride Blue ( model two-four). Trek USED to make one ( Model KDR-1000), but apparently stopped production in 2008.
None of the local bike shops stock them, though they can order them... so I've not been able to 'test-fit' him on a bike and see how he gets along with them, so I started looking online; the 'usual suspects' eBay, Craigslist etc. Nothing on eBay right now, but two recently sold Trek KDR-1000's; in the $400-$450 range. -Widening the hunt on craigslist Craigslist however, turned up a Trek just north of Tampa.
Tomorrow -as it happens- I'm driving to Tampa anyhow, to help install a new power supply and computer tower over at Morrisound, replacing the ones which were stolen. (I've also offered to spend the rest of the day and donate my services to do whatever else they need; repairing cable ends which were hacked off in the robbery etc.) so I've told the seller that I'll be there.
-So as of right now, I'm pretty excited that I might be able to get him something VASTLY better than what he has. -Also the twist-grip shifting in his bars is a bit like torture, since it's NOT an easy action for small hands... they're so tight that they even give me 'Chinese burns' on my finger & thumb, just working on the bike... so the idea of a better shift arrangement suits me VERY well indeed.
If I had my druthers, I'd love to get the Felt or the Ride Blue, solely because I'm not a great fan of the SORA shifting arrangement (thumb lever inside the brakes as opposed to a second lever behind the brakes) or the Trek's 'bar-rocker' shifters, but for half the price, it's really not that much of a compromise. -I'll see how the bike is before I make a final decision though... sometimes it really is worth spending more to get what you
So the bike rack has stayed on the Audi, and tomorrow our bike stable may have one more member in it.
Do you have anything like "
map my ride" for your area? -I presume there must be something like that? -Round here I know that it's great for ride planning and analysis afterwards, but I'm still getting to grips with my new bike computer.
Currently I'm still loving the Madone 5.9, with full Dura-Ace, and the Node 2 computer which speed, cadence, heart rate, altimeter etc. It also can work with a power sensor, but I'm nowhere near being able to use that sort of data yet! (the sensor's are pretty madly expensive too, so I didn't get that one!) -I still haven't found a saddle which even comes close to the old Avocet which I have moved over from my previous 'beater'... so it's a few more grams, but it just seems to be "right".
This weekend we spent all day at Disney for the triathlon, so I only got to ride on Sunday. I just did the 30-mile trail, and averaged 17.0 MPH. Next Saturday I'm contemplating a group ride with the Seminole Cyclists... Never been on a large group ride before, so I'll just start out in the C-group and take it easy. -I think that I'm probably a fairly comfortable B-group level rider, but I'd much rather take it easy and learn the etiquette, get comfortable with safety etc. before I try and get up to speed.
Trivia: 'Dave Lloyd' was also the name of the guy who sang -among other things- the Cadbury's 'Flake' adverts back in the 1980's, by the way... Dave Lloyd singing, an Bill Mitchell doing the gravelly Voice-Over. -Classic!
...But then the Ad Agency got lazy and used the same soundtrack as the FIRST version for this advert...
Notice how the reverb swells up on the voice for the last ten seconds or so? -That's from where the canoe went under the waterfall and into the cave in the earlier version. -Lazy bastards!
...I know... what can I tell you? -I had no life back then!