23 July, 2009

I'm Back.....well sort of...

Exactly a fortnight after my accident, I hit the road for the first time this morning. A good mate of mine loaned me a Ridley Damocles (thanks Tony) until I get my bike issue straightened out with the insurance people.

I was a bit unsure how I would go and I have to confess that for the first 5 or 6 km I was very leery of any vehicles coming from behind and approaching any intersections. I joined up with one of the regular twice-weekly rides down on the Strand and away we went. Again, I was a bit like a long-tailed cat in a room full of rocking chairs- not wanting to get too close just in case something happened.

Another 10 km and I had settled in- the only issue was my level of comfort on the bike. Tony and I are pretty much of a size height-wise but our body structures are completely different. Tony is much longer through the torso and arms and has a long stem so I found the reach a bit much- going into the drops was never an option. I found the Ridley to be a bit heavier and stiffer than my bike- but then again it might just have been loss of fitness and the nerves of being on someone else's bike.

Back out for another ride in the morning. Who knows- I might even throw a hill or two into the mix.

Cheers- ride safe


Bluenoser said...

Long reach, short reach. I bet it still felt good hey?


BoaB said...

Hey B- it certainly felt better than not being on a bike. Tomorrow (Monday) is day 10 with the insurance so I'll be making some calls to chase it down. Maybe I should temporarily change my blog name to "Bloke on Somebody Else's Bike in the Tropics"

Groover said...

Glad to hear that you are back on the bike. Hills in Townsville? LOL

BoaB said...

I know Groover- they're not like Mt Coot-tha and given the dislike I have for hills at the best of times, I really have to force myself to do the short sharp reps on a regular basis.