I don’t care what they say February 15, 2010Posted by Bill in Equipment, Reflection.
Tags: american river parkway, bikes, madone, older rider, training
After today’s inaugural 20 miles on my “new” build Madone, nobody can ever tell me that a non-racer geezer doesn’t belong on a race bike. Well, they can tell me, but now I have no reason to listen, without a moment’s doubt.
There is no practical and age-appropriate machine for any particular individual or age group. If you want to feel a snappy turn and you want your bike to shift effortlessly, without hesitation or grumble, you find a way to make that happen for you.
After this build, giving me a truly awesome ride at 15 pounds 2 ounces (with pedals, without water & tools), I have something that tells me in uncomfortably unforgiving terms that the only limitation is the rider and the condition thereof. This bike screams “Come on!” as I think about how to spend my time. Do I take advanced training in Tivo programming, or do I divert into the garage and spin for awhile?
Posts to come will have more to do with returning to a higher level of conditioning at a certain age. WIsh me luck. Or better yet, join me.