Made it out on the V20 for the first time in a couple of weeks today for the first ride of 2018. The roads were utterly filthy and I spent half the afternoon cleaning up the bike again when I got back!
I did the usual Innerleithen loop, and was pushing for my first ever sub 2 hour time. Missed it by about a minute and a half elapsed time – traffic lights in Innerleithen and a few spots where I had to pick my way through bits of ice. Next time……
The bike is phenomenal to ride, I am enjoying it more with every outing. It is completely silent apart from the hum of the tyres on the road – the only recumbent I’ve ever seen that has no drivetrain noise at all. This was the first ride where I was pretty much able to pedal with no input from the arms to correct for pedal steer – I’m starting to relax into the bike. I am still wobbling about the road a bit, but am doing so in a relaxed fashion 🙂 The key to riding this bike seems to be to keep the lower back and pelvis nice and loose. If you do that, everything works beautifully.
The climb up Windydoors hill was soaking wet today with a lot of surface water. I managed it with only the slightest hint of front wheel slip – it’s a 14% hill at the steepest part. So my climbing technique is getting better too. I’m still not ready to attempt anything steeper though, I’m not sure I could keep traction.
A fab ride and a new PR for the loop – great day!