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Road bike feeling neglected

Friday, June 1st, 2007

My road bike hasn’t seen many miles recently. I went mountain biking last week, and suddenly my zest for mountain biking was reignited. It’s especially fun since I’m in much better shape than I was when I was doing a lot of mountain biking before. I can make it over a lot of hills and technical obstacles that I couldn’t ride before, and some sections that used to be laborious are now fun, as I can just fly over them.

Of course, there are still things that provide significant challenge, and a few things I can’t do. But the work to fun ratio tips a lot more to the fun side. Generally, I find that in mountain biking, the challenges are harder, but the fun parts are even more fun.

Even commuting has taken a hit, not because of mountain biking, but because it’s been so hot lately. I really hate showing up to work sweaty in the morning, and even though it hasn’t been super hot in the mornings, it’s extremely humid around here — enough to ensure that I’ll work up a sweat, even on my less than 3-mile commute.

None of this is to say that I’ve given up on road biking or commuting. Not at all. I just try to fit in bicycling however I can — mountain biking happens to be the first choice right now. But sometimes road biking is more practical, and it also tends to help fitness more. And, I’ll continue commuting as much as possible.  I just need to get better at keeping cool.

3 Responses to “Road bike feeling neglected”

  1. Sarah Says:

    You ought to be great at that. You are the master of cool.

  2. furiousball Says:

    you could commute naked – that would keep you cool

  3. Revrunner Says:

    My job as a pastor makes it impossible for me to commute to some places by bike–like hospitals, funerals and, well, weddings, too! People in those places generally frown on you when you show up looking like you just finished a 10K race.

    I actually envy people who can commute to work and change. Now that would be cool!

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