This morning, Bryn, Bob and I went for an inagural Topix engineering bike ride. My new bike was a lot of fun to take out on the hills. Even if it did take me a little while to figure out the clips on the pedals. I've got the kind where the shoe actually attaches itself to the pedal so that you can get some extra force from the upswing of your legs. Not that I know how to do that, or noticed it's usefullness. I was too busy gasping for air on the hills.
It's gonna take me a little while to get used to going uphill. My gym experience hasn't really been preparing me for that. I suppose that this will help kick my complacent ass into losing the last 10 or 15 pounds that I keep meaning to get around to. Because I suddenly understand why people make such a big deal about a couple of pounds here or there.
On the other hand, I did alright on the flat lands easy keeping up with (and occasionally passing) my companions. Hopefully I'll get a chance to get in hill shape about as quickly as Bryn and Bob get reaccustomed to riding.
And I got a couple of firsts out of the way. My first flat tire. Apparently whoever had installed the inner tube didn't think that keeping an even density of tubing around the tire was necessary and bunched a lot of it right near the valve. Good thing I had purchased a spare, and that Bryn was with me to show me how to replace it.
And my first fall. It seems that it's standard operating procedure that as you get used to the lock-in shoes, you fall over a couple of times as you forget how to get your foot out when you stop. And while the shoe did cause my spill, I had actually already come to a stop and had one foot on the ground. I had thought, "Hey I should get my other foot on the ground while I stand here" at which point I lifted up and pulled the bike off balance, tumbling myself into the brush.
At least I got my first fall out of the way and managed to hurt nothing but my pride.