A few years ago I used to do a bit of cycling. After work I would come home, cycle downtown, ride along the seawall then ride home . I had two loops, one was 25 km, and the other was 40 km depending how I felt. I also rode with my friend on Saturday mornings after breakfast in Kitsilano. We would race around the seawall until one day my friend had a mishap and wrecked his elbow. My old bike was worn out with too much mileage so I upgraded to this bike
Of course I still have my racing bike with the 100 psi tires but the frame is old style with the shifters on the down tube. You could nearly lift it with your baby finger. This bike doesn't have the lightest frame but it is chrom-moly with alloy wheels and those new type of brakes which stop on a dime.
it has Shimano gears with the changers integrated into the handlebars
The cateye computer still has battery power and still works after all these years. I rushed home after work with the intention of going for a short cycle ride. I dug the bike out from the basement, pumped up the tires to 32 psi, and got out my chain lube and lubed the chain and gear cluster. I also sprayed the pivot points on the brakes and got a dust rag and dusted off the 8+ years of accumulated dust. It is illegal to ride a bicycle in BC without a helmet and I noticed that the inside cushions are disintegrating, so I may have to purchase a newer style helmet
I don't have mirrors mounted on my bicycle but since I wear glasses, I have this neat mirror gizmo which attaches to my left glass arm . Not the greatest but I have to monitor the traffic behind me
It took a few blocks to get used to the hang of things. Such as the front brake is the left lever, and the rear brakes are operated by the right lever, sort of opposite of how a motorcycle works.
I forgot that I did mount some accessories such as the front and rear fenders, rear rack and additional lighting
I cycled over to Queen Elizabeth Park and the hills defeated me, I had to stop for a quick power rest
I seem to be getting my rhythm back, twisting left and right gear levers to find the right gear ratios. Vancouver is bike friendly with many bicycle paths scattered throughout the city and I was able to use the traffic control button as I crossed Cambie Street
bike lanes are easily identified by these large bicycle graphics
My feeble muscles are running out of power so I stop again for a photo with this RCMP statue
I stop because I need to rest my legs. I am not used to this torturous method of transport. When I got home my legs were like jello and I could hardly walk, but it did feel good .
I have a short video . . .