Sunday, June 10, 2007

meet my track bike!

Today I rode my track bike for the first time! The frame is a DiBernardi from the late 1990s. This was Erick Le's track frame that was too big for him. He gave it to Fred, and Fred to me. About a month ago, I built up the bike with Fred. While I did everything, it was all with supervision, and I don't know if I could remember how to do any of it again. But regardless, I am happy I put it together!

Anyway, today was the first time I road it. (Other than around the block a couple of times) I was still kinda sick from the sinus infection, so I just went to the port of oakland and twiddled around with Fred. The bike is awesome, but WHOA the gears are BIG! I have a 46x15 on it (which is about 82"). My other fixie was a 39x15 (about 70"), so I could really feel the difference. I don't know how i am going to turn these pedals.

Riding a new bike is really hard. I was hoping she'd feel perfect instantaneously, but not so. It just takes sometime to get to know each other, so I am being patient. I think it is just that I feel so comfortable on my Gunnar now, that it is hard to get used to a new bike -- especially one with really low handle bars that is fixed. Anyway, I will try to ride this bike one more time before the TTs at Hellyer next week. But, I am not too nervous for those, because it is just really just practice!


Flandria said...

congrats on your new toy! yay!

twinkiepatissier said...

i didn't know you put the bike together yourself...that's hot.

Beth said...

yeah, it was really fun! I did have a supervisor, though, making sure I screwed in everything tight enough.