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photoblog image The Joy of Bicycling #4

The Joy of Bicycling #4

On an Earth Dam retaining wall.

 

There are some fine, fun places to explore on the trusty Merida.

The Joy of Bicycling #4

On an Earth Dam retaining wall.

 

There are some fine, fun places to explore on the trusty Merida.

comments (13)

Nice portrait of your steed! And I like the framing you chose!
Ray: The most reliable bike I have ever owned, Elizabeth.
  • Martine
  • France
  • 27 May 2016, 04:34
Jolie paysage, près de la mer peut-être ? Le vélo a l'air de te servir souvent.
Ray: Je veux monter la plupart des jours , Martine . Cet endroit est à quelques centaines de kilomètres de la mer .
  • Astrid
  • Netherlands
  • 27 May 2016, 04:46
...and it keeps you in shape... Great shot, love the background.
(that Gecko from yesterday is a beauty)
Ray: Thank you, Astrid. I have set myself a few challenges, and am using Strava to measure progress. Yes...there is progress! smile
You surely know how to park your bike Ray! Very nice image.
Ray: On the MTB, I like to stop occasionally for pics and drinks.
I can just picture you jostling along such a path, Ray. I'd enjoy it, too, as long as Alan comes, as well! grin
Ray: Fair-weather Al? I suppose he has a great nose for scones with jam and cream, Ginnie!
  • Chris
  • England
  • 27 May 2016, 06:53
Your trusty steed (21st century version)
Ray: Yup...very fine "animal", Chris.
Who have thought that an earth wall would be a good idea Ray. But I suppose it has proved itself to work, and the tree roots will serve to hold it together.
Ray: There isn't much rock around these parts, Chad, and concrete is expensive.
  • Alan
  • United Kingdom
  • 27 May 2016, 11:47
That's good to hear. I can't recall the last time I had some proper off road adventure on my MTB. I seem to be on the hybrid for the commute or the road bike for some proper cycling.
Ray: This was not at all technical, Alan, but it is fun to jump a few tree roots and slide a bit on gravel.

I don't have a hybrid.
Being of a similar age I wish I had your energy Ray, you get to some interesting places round your way.
Ray: Something has motivated me to push myself a bit on bicycles, Brian, and I am enjoying the exercise very much. This morning I achieved a target to ride 30km in one hour on a flat road, and am feeling rather chuffed about it! smile
  • Louis
  • South Africa
  • 27 May 2016, 15:11
Your steed is checking the water out. Maybe it is in need of a drink, since it is Friday.
Ray: I don't wash her often, Louis...perhaps that is the lure of the water!
A solid looking machine Ray.
Ray: Yes...solid and reliable, Bill.
Ray: An interesting comment, Tom, and I'll attempt to tell a story about it.

MTB [Mountain Bikes] are sturdier bikes than road bikes, as they are intended for use off made roads, However, as soon as MTB were invented, someone organised races for them, and now off-road racing might be even more popular than road racing. My machine is a medium-to-low-end model, so would not stand up to lots of off-road racing without heavy maintenance.

MTB are about twice as heavy as road bikes, have much wider tyres which lead to more friction where they hit the track, have hydraulic suspension which soaks up a lot of the energy the rider puts out, and the seating posture leads to a less aerodynamic bike/rider profile. They are not as fast as road bikes.

A couple of months ago, when I was last in Australia, my son Jake gave me his 20 year old road bike...the medium-to-high-end machine he used when road racing at Junior National Championship level [he still competes at that level, but has moved for the moment to off-road, and is no longer junior]. I am learning how to ride it fast, by setting myself challenges and then going after them...yesterday I achieved my challenge of covering a flat circular circuit of 30km at an average speed of 30kph.

Here is the punchline...I can do 30km in one hour on the road racer...but it takes only about 10 minutes longer on the MTB!
Nothing like a fine machine...
Ray: I am really into to cycling at the moment, Larry...good exercise, good fun...I am appreciating that the bikes are not causing me any grief due to poor engineering or maintenance.

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