Labor Day was insanely beautiful here in Utah--sunny, breezy, and in the 70s. Of course, the best way to take advantage of that was to go on a "serious" bike ride with Betty.
Ever since I got Betty, I've been wanting to experience the kind of ride that she was built for, as in a long(-ish) distance ride. As much fun as she is to ride to work, I felt that the stop-and-go city riding wasn't showing off her full potential. So I bought a bike rack for my car so we could hit some local trails. (I hope it is adorable and not crazy-lady that I refer to my bicycle and myself as a "we.") Yesterday, it was the Legacy Highway Bike Trail.
It is relatively flat, but that flatness allowed me to ride longer than I have previously. All in all, I went about 18 miles, a personal best for me. Afterwards, I knew I could have gone even farther. That made me feel pretty good about myself, cause I would love to get to the point where I can ride 30-40 miles no problem.
So now that we have had some time together, what is the verdict on Betty? I LOVE her. She is so smooth and sturdy, yet so nimble and fast. In the beginning, there definitely was a learning curve. I had adjust to more gears, bar-end shifters, a more aggressive riding position, but I feel like I am settling into all that now. Now I blow up hills that previously left me winded, maneuver around obstacles easily, and get-up to speed instantly from a stop. Plus, she is just so darn pretty. And a total flirt. She always seems to be catching someone's eye.
The only negative to the ride was that my shoulders and neck did ache afterward. It is hard to tell if that is because it is a new riding position that my body has to get used to or because my set-up is not quite right.
Regardless, I caught myself smiling several times on the ride. I think that is a good sign that Betty and I are going to ride "happily ever after."