‘You can’t buy happiness but you can buy a bike and that’s pretty close.’ Anonymous
Yesterday was indeed a day of great happiness. For various reasons.
It started with a decent swim (all the best days usually involve swimming) at the gym, and was followed by a very long solo road trip. I say very long, it wasn’t too bad to be honest but the traffic was a bit rubbish. The swim and solo road trip weren’t the cause of the great happiness that washed over me.
It all started over a week ago – a message from a friend regarding a CX bike he’d seen on Facebook and a frantic text to me to tell me about it and persuade me to call about it. I did, and in doing so, I ended up travelling up to Newcastle to go look at a second hand, extra small, Ridley XBow (being a short female, second hand bikes that fit are quite rare!).
I had been debating cyclocross for cross training but it would appear I have been lured to the dark side of cycling after all it would seem as I came home with said bike. I came home poorer but also richer – nothing quite beats N+1 in all honesty. I was grinning from ear to ear all the way home! It helps that I like the paint job on it better than more recent models.
The problem is now, I need to sort out the mudguards – bike hasn’t been raced and used more as a winter hack/commuter and I think I need to tweak a bit with the saddle height. Saying that though, the lady I bought the bike off had a shorted stem put on it – which is what I had to do to my Ridley Liz. I also need to sort out the cleats for the shoes as I’m used to SPD-SL and these aren’t! Regardless….
Seriously gutted I won’t get a chance to play until the end of the week!
Best get a move on and up my bike handling skills!
What have I let myself in for?! (No one mention MTB – I fear the worse!)
2 thoughts on “Lured to the dark side of cycling”
I don’t see cyclocross as the dark side of cycling (there are other much darker sides to it). Glad you found a bike that fit you and seems to have inspired you. I hope you enjoy.
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Compared to my usual exploits! Its more tongue in cheek! It’s unknown territory for me as I’ve always been more for my roadie and resisted any attempts off road – I also know a few people who would frown upon it (mostly jokingly!).
It’s my friends that have roped me in – and found the bike for me too. First ride out yesterday was definitely fun!
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