Today was cloudy, but unseasonably warm (around 50F) for winter. So I thought it'd be the perfect day to take Adelaide out for her first real ride. So we went to my favorite riding spot, Liberty Park.
There's definitely a "getting to know you" period when you get a new bike. Everything seems just a little different. Not in a good or bad way, just different from what you are used to. For instance, I kept finding myself trying to brake by back-pedaling, when Adelaide has hand brakes. And of course, the Brooks saddle. I probably have 99 miles to go before I really break it in. In the meantime, it is hard as a rock.
But one thing, I do know. I love Adelaide. She is a beauty. She got comments left and right (there are not a lot of bikes like her in SLC). In fact, even a spandex-clad cyclist rode up next to me to ask about her. He said his daughter would love a bike like that. High praise, indeed.
Going on our ride today, just made me excited for spring. For green grass, summer dresses, and bike rides with Adelaide.