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Got a new bike (II)
Well, actually I got it one year ago O:)
What can I say? I guess the cycling bug bit me already and now there is
nothing we can do to stop it.
Since I got the Giant Argento two years ago, I started to go on slightly
longer rides. That bike felt (and still feels) great, it was a good choice
back then but, at one point, I started to feel like if I'd need something
more road oriented. The Argento is a really nice bike for moving around
town and for some relaxing offroad rides (specially when we talk about
mud/sand/dirt slippery paths) but as soon as you try to go on a road for
more than 20-30 kms, and specially if you want to go a bit faster, it is
not the best choice.
And so my search for a new bike began.
I remember it pretty well, what I wanted was a Kona Sutra 2014. A lovely but
strong touring bicycle I could use to go for long haul touring, on lots and
lots of kms. Something sturdy I could pack with tons of things I'd need on big
adventures out there. A touring bike seemed also a good choice for towing
Lara's trailer when going on family rides (wider gears range FTW).
The 2014 Kona Sutra
Soon after, I added a couple of more choices to the list, the
Raleigh Sojourn 2014 and the Trek 520 2014. I spent a lot of time reading
about touring bikes, specs, recommendations... and a lot more time comparing
models, specs, looking into oppinions from other cyclists all over the internet.
The 2014 Raleigh Sojourn
The 2014 Trek 520
I talked a lot about it with some friends, specially with betabug, George and
Xurxo (no, those two are not the same person :-P). I heard their
recommendations and suggestions carefully, trying to learn as much as I could
from their knowledge and previous experience (George already recommended me
to go for the Argento one year before all this, and it was a good
One day I discovered that "has to be a touring bike" was not a requirement
anymore. There were some other things to take in account when chosing a road
bike. I also started to look regularly for offers and special prices on new
bikes. This was exactly one year ago, some of the big brands were publishing
information about the new models they were going to have for 2015, which meant
some models from 2014 were offered online at really nice prices.
I guess it was near the middle of august when I have more or less decided
which bike I was going to buy. I was a bit influenced by both betabug's
previous good experience with Kona bikes and all the good/positive reviews
their bikes have on the Internet, and their Jake cyclocross bike (which is
the one betabug has too) looked like a very nice bike.
The 2014 Kona Jake
Cyclocross bikes catched my eye as an option because their geometry looks
closer to a racing road bike (which sounded cool for riding faster) but they
have some details like slightly higher bottom brackets and more wheel clearance
on the forks or holes on the frame where you can attach front/back racks,
which make them suitable for touring, going on offroad excursions, etc.
They seem like a good "do it all" alternative, but still keeping a road
spirit (specially when talking about gears), so in the end I decided that
I was going to get either the Kona Jake 2014 or the
Genesis Croix de Fer 2014, whichever I could find a good price first.
The 2014 Genesis Croix de Fer
Finally I ordered the bike online from Bikester (which service is really good,
I'll write about that on a separate post) and I got it delivered in the
beginning of september (2014, near one year ago). I remember the feelings back
then, it was like being a little kid again and getting a christmas present,
Almost one year later, I've ridden the bike a bit (strava says 1,254.9 kms,
but I'd say 150-200 kms more.), I've added addons to it (lights, SPD pedals,
fenders, some bags) and definetely I've enjoyed it a lot. I'm really happy I got
I'm not going to write here about specs or technical details (you can get that
from Kona's website, here: http://2014.konaworld.com/jake.cfm ). What I can tell
you is that the bike is really nice to ride, even when going uphill you don't
have to be a trained cyclist to keep going on. It is sturdy indeed (not a single
problem in the past 12 months) and it is good enough when pulling Lara too.
Here I've added a small album with pictures of the bike:
My personal review of the Kona Jake 2014
... short story: I love it!
So, now that I've officially announced my new bicycle, which I've been riding
for almost a year now, it is time already to give a more detailed review of it.
The specs for the 2014 model of the Kona Jake can be found here:
I'm not an expert, in fact I'm pretty clueless about techie stuff regarding
bicycles, so take your time going through them and getting your own
My Jake's size is 53cm. I can't tell you exactly the measures/distances
of the seat post, reach, etc (I didn't measure them, I just tried until I
got to something that fits me and feels comfortable). What I can do is show
you a pic of what the bike looks like now:
The size fits me perfectly (I'm around 1.75 meters tall). I had to set up
the bike myself, as I ordered it online and bikester sent the bike partially
disassembled. I had to put things like the handlebar and seat in place. I knew
some basic details on how to do such a setup and bikester included a nice
instructions manual in the package, just in case I could have any questions.
Changing gears is really smooth, even if you miss lowering down gears before
going on a steep uphill. In one year I only had to adjust gears once, because
I found that lowering down from one of the highest gears was skipping on one
cog. After reading a bit about it and watching some videos on youtube I was
able to adjust them myself.
I'm not a very trained cyclist and I was a bit wary of the gears ratio
(34/50 chainrings and 11-30 on the back), specially because the
Argento has a 48/38/28 (triple!) and 14-34 (nice granny gear)
ratio. I thought that I was going to miss those lower gears from the Argento,
but I did not. The Jake is much much lighter than the Giant, and so even
going up (so far) I did not need such lower gears. In fact, after some time
riding the Jake, I've found that I usually don't go to lowest gears when doing
some climbing (well, that's how it is supposed to be, right? your body gets
used to it).
Starting on 2014, the Jake comes with a 2x10 crank, instead of a triple,
but the front derailleur still has three positions. The shifter lets you
set it to those three positions. One puts the chain on the bigger chainring,
another one puts the chain on the smaller chainring and the third one puts
the derailleur in a position that fits better the smaller gears. If you don't
use that third, lower, position you would hear some sounds caused by some
friction on the chain (against the derailleur).
The breaks are ok. Mechanical disc brakes that were really really noisy
during the first few rides. And when I say noisy I mean it, pulling the breaks
while going down fast caused some annoying, ghost-like, screaming. They are good
anyway and they do not *block* the wheel as quick as rim breaks, so they
feel a bit more safer (preventing slips and falls).
One detail about those breaks is that they have to be adjusted quite often.
It happens that the pads stay too close to the disc a lot of times, making
noises and adding some friction while riding. Such adjustments can be done by
yourself, but they are a PITA, quite often you have to get the bike to an LBS
or some professional hands to take care of it (it happened to me just
The break levers and the gear shifters are located in the same place, which
is a different setup than the one you can find in touring bikes
(my first choice for the new bike in the beginning) where bar-end shifters
are used. I've never tried those bar-end shifters, but the tiagra shifters
from the jake work really well.
The tires are strong and durable. If you look for reviews about them on the
Internet, you will find they are classified as do-it-all
Hybrid/Touring/Commuter tires almost everywhere. I've ridden on asphalt/tarmac,
dirt/muddy paths, gravel roads, stony trails and even on sand by the sea. They
performed nicely on every surface and I had no punctures at all (so far).
With gravel, I've found that some times the smaller, really tiny, stones get
stuck in the tread pattern and then I had to remove them by hand.
I've added some addons to the bike during the past few months. First a
couple of lights, a small led red light on the back (attached to the seat
post) and one of the smaller lights from cateye on the front (handlebar).
I hadn't ride at night (yet), but I did ride at first hours in the morning, a
bit before sunrise, and the cateye light was more than enough to light the
road in front of me.
Next, I added some fenders. I got black SKS chromoplastics, the P45
to provide enough clearance for the 32mm tires I've right now. Adding the
fenders was fun, but it took me some time to find a way to fit the stays
near the front wheel break.
I also added a saddle bag and, ocasionally, a small frame bag. The
frame bag has been useful in winter, on longer rides, as the rain jacket fits
perfectly in one pocket and I can bring some extra food in the other pocket.
Also, it has a special plastic pocket for the phone, which is nice (as I don't
have any cycling computer yet). You can see them both in the gallery, here:
The bike, as it came from Bikester, didn't have any pedals. I bought some
regular, cheap, pedals at first. Then I bought Shimano SPD pedals and
Shimano shoes (MTB-style ones, more like boots than racing shoes, as with
those you can still walk for a while if needed). The SPD pedals made a huge
difference. At first it can seem a bit scary to have your feet attached to
the bike, but attach (clip) and detach (unclip) is really easy, after
a couple of rides it is totally natural, and the difference when pedaling is
amazing (no more slippery pedals!!).
If you want to read a more technical, detailed review of the Jake (2013 model,
but most of it fits the 2014 model too, I do agree with most of the comments
there) you can take a look here:
Another short review (2015 model this time) here:
As a summary, the bike has been great on every aspect so far. Reliable,
sturdy but light and fast. After all this time I've got so used to it that
when I've to ride a different bike (like the Argento or the old MTB) I'm
not really confortable on them. I'm not sure if it is due to the bike's
geometry, the dropdown handlebar or the overall position on the bike, but
even for commuting or family rides, I do prefer to ride the Jake.
Second chance for a cargo donkey
... or ... I have a new bike (III)
Yes... I've got another bike. Yes, yes, I've 2 road (CX actually) bikes now.
No, I cannot ride them all at the same time... I'm perfectly aware of that.
I'm not going to explain here the N+1 rule. If the cycling bug bite
you already, either you already know the theory, or you soon will know about
I'm going to talk about my (not so) new bicycle, a Saracen Hack 2 (2015
model, which is not currently available on Saracen's website, but here you
have a review of that model:
Why the f*** do you need another bike??
This is probably the question most of you would be asking right now. Well,
the main reason behind the idea of getting another bike is that we travel a
lot from Lugo (where we live) to Vilagarcia de Arousa (where Dolo's parents
live) and every time we go there, I bring the Jake with us. That means
preparing the bikes rack on the car and some extra packing before leaving.
It also means driving 200-and-something kms with the bike exposed to rain,
mosquitoes and all kind of other things.
Something that can be done, but not something you want to do too often,
specially in winter in a place like Galicia.
So, the idea of getting another bike that could stay in Vilagarcia came to
mind. Something not too expensive (initial budget idea was around 400 eur)
and maybe look for something used, try to find something a bit older, with
good components and in good shape, instead of gettting something new
with really cheap components and probably not so good on the mid-long term.
And so the search began... as soon as posible, as I really wanted to
have the spare bike here and ready for mid-november. Betabug was going to
come for a visit (one of our work sprints) and having the bike here already
would mean going out together on some rides.
If you are into cycling and you like bicycles I bet you know that feeling,
that sensation of "wooohooo, let's look at bikes and bikes and bikes!!.
Endlessly, creating lists of posible bikes to buy, compare them, look for
more bikes, compare a bit more, then try to find some good offers...
I don't know how it would have been 10 or 15 years ago, without the Internet,
but nowadays you have soooo many options right there, in your computer...
There are plenty of online websites that sell all kind of bikes, new bikes,
new bikes from previous years at incredible discounts, used bikes, vintage
bikes, refurbished bikes...
I don't know how many bikes I looked at, or how many sites, but in the end
I started to make a clearer picture of the bike I'd like to get. If you read
the post I wrote about the Jake, you already know that back then I had to
make a choice between the Jake and the Genesis Croix de Fer 2014, so I
started looking for second hand croix de fer on the online markets.
There are plenty of websites where you can look for used bikes in the UK
(I aimed at that specific market, as it should be easier to find Genesis
bikes there) but in the end I found myself always looking in ebay.co.uk.
I started conversations with some of the people that had their bikes for
sale there, specially because shipping those bikes to spain could be an
issue for some of them (I even remember one that did not let me enter my
bid because my ebay account was registered in Spain). The problem with
the Croix de Fer (and even some other models like the Equilibrium) is
that, even used, they are not cheap. Most of them were simply out of
budget for me. So I kept myself looking for it.
And, just one day, I found this Saracen Hack 2 bike. The starting bid was
low, 300 pounds (400-something euro), a lot cheaper than the stock price for it
new (around 950 pounds, 1300-something euro). I didn't know that model (or even
the brand) then, so I looked up the specs on the Internet and I looked for some
reviews. It turned out that it was a CX bike with specs quite similar to the
Jake (quite, quite similar) so it really catched my eye (also, I totally fell
in love with the look of it ;-P).
I went again through the page on ebay, checking the description (sounded
good) and the pictures (not so good, really dark pics). The auction was
going to end in a few hours, so without too much thinking I did bid and I
totally forgot about it.
Next day I had an email from ebay - "Congratulations, you won this auction!"
"WTF!" - I thought - "How can it be??"
I had set a really lower bid but nobody else bid, so I won.
First thing I did afterwards was get in contact with the previous owner of the
bike (Matt), to arrange payment and shipping. We arranged the shipping with
sendbike.com, a small company based in the UK that sends bikes all over the
globe (using UPS). They have really really nice prices and they can even
provide you with all you need to pack the bike. They have also very good
support, in case you need help with anything. I totally recommend them if you
need to ship a bike from the UK.
And then, one day, the bike arrived.
But... at first sight, after pulling it from the box... I got totally
dissapointed. Completely dissapointed.
Matt did mention some minor scratches in the top tube, he even provided me
with some pics, but the scratches looked much worse in person:
And he forgot to mention a big, big scratch on the head tube (it looks like
something caused by cable friction):
Also, the specs of the Hack 2 say it should have a Shimano Tiagra 4601 rear
derailleur, but this one came with a low-end Shimano Sora 3500 (not sure
if the SS or the GS though) instead. This was nasty, as it was not something
described in the description of the product in ebay, and Matt did not mention
it in our previous conversations.
Finally, he had told me that he would include rack and fenders too with the
bike, which sounded cool when I did read it on his message, but wasn't so
cool when I realized the screws attaching the rack to the bike were damaged
severely. So severely that I wasn't able to remove the rack at all. One of
them was even broken, without head.
The wheels were not in the box. Matt was not able to put them inside as there
was not enough space for everything, so he sent the wheels in a separate
package that arrived one week later. Later on, when I found out about the
problem with the rack and the screws, I did realize why he could not remove the
rack (which probably caused the problem with not having enough space in the
When the wheels arrived, I realized that the back wheel was not the stock one,
but a Mavic Aksium Disk One and the bar tape wasn't also the stock one
(black), which I found quite strange, for a bike bought on late november, 2014.
And so I started to be worried about it. Really really worried. I couldn't stop
thinking that maybe the bike suffered a big crash, which could have led to those
replacements (back wheel, rear derailleur, bar tape) and the scratches all over
the top tube. A big crash could also explain the damaged screws on the rack...
So I talked about it with Matt, who was really really nice and answered all my
questions fast and politely. He even sent me the receipt/invoce from the
original seller, as a proof of his ownership.
Basically the poor thing was used as a cargo donkey through the streets of
London. Used for commuting and to carry on one of those child/kid seats you
put on different places on the bike. It got some small hits when putting the
cargo on/off and it seems the tiagra rear derailleur wore off.
What could I do?. I liked the bike and all, I got it on a really nice
price... but I was really worried about it. So next step was to bring it to the
LBS (MTC bicis) for a complete checkup. When I went there again to pick up
the bike, they told me the bike was ok. The frame was perfectly fine and those
were simply minor scratches. The gears and breaks were ok (front disc break was
a bit bent, but ok) and they couldn't find anything to be really worried about.
They removed the rack, sawing the screws. I won't be able to put a rack again
on it, but that was not the idea to begin with. One nice detail is that the
rack survived the surgery, so it can be used in other bikes (spare parts!).
And so I did ride it.
And I had lots of fun riding it, really. The bike feels good, almost the same
as the Jake, with some differences. It is a bit shorter/smaller (a couple of
cms here and there) and it feels lighter (maybe being a bit shorter + the
carbon fork?). The gears work perfectly fine and the disc breaks work quite
good (with the same issues as the ones on the Jake, noisy and easily
deadjustable). One thing I did change as soon as I got the wheels were the tires. I replaced the stock Schwalbe Spicer 35mm with the Freedom Ryder 32mm that came with the Jake (which has now Continental 4 Seasons 28mm).
We had some nice rides during betabug's visit (but that's another story) and
after some riding, we found out (well, r0sk actually found out) that the
breaks were in the opposite position, that is, the rear break was on the left
hand and the front break on the right hand, just like in a motorbike.
It seems the position of the breaks is related to the way of the road we drive,
so it is different in brittish countries (UK, Australia, etc). More info,
Fun fact: I did not realize at all about it. Lucky me I did not end on the
floor because of improper breaking.
Myth busted: You can go fast as crazy on your disc-breaks bike and then pull
strongly only the front break, you won't jump over the bike and crash on the
After such a finding, I got the bike again to the LBS, to change the breaks (and
ask how it could be they did not notice the first time I brought it there!). As
the breaks cables go directly below the tape bar, I replaced the blue one with
a new one in red, which (imho) fits the bike better.
Then we brought the bike to Vilagarcia, to its new home, and I did a test ride
by the Ocean, just for fun!
I think this has been quite a change for this bike, from London commuting to
mid (and hopefully soon long) rides on open roads by the sea and the Ocean...
Got my cycling federation Card/ID
one more step in the cycling world!
Last year I decided that I really wanted to get more into cycling. I
totally love it. The cycling bug bit me for good and now I can't (don't
want to) think of a live without it.
And so I started to ride more, increasing the number of rides per week and
the duration of those rides. I did it gradually, too slow maybe, and let me tell
you that finding time to go out is really hard some times (specially having a 4
years old daughter :-P).
I also got some proper cycling clothes, cheap stuff from Decathlon at
first, some more cheap stuff from Lidl afterwards, and some better stuff from
brands like sportful too (also, some good stuff made in Italy should arrive soon...).
Then I decided to join a cycling club. I had some conversations with my
friend Xurxo about it. He had been in the cycling world for much longer than
me and he knows a lot of cyclists, teams and clubs in Lugo, so I asked him for
a recommendation on which club I should join. He recommended me the Club
Ciclista Ribeiras do Miño, where he has some good friends. He thought I'd
be comfortable among them, and he was right!
And finally, earlier this year, I decided to join a Cycling Federation.
Being federated has multiple benefits, you get insurance in case of accident,
legal counsel, access to races and events... and, best of all, your wallet
gets a bit lighter every year!
Some days ago I finally got the card/ID you saw at the beginning of this post.
There it says that I'm now a member of the Galician Cycling Federation,
the Spanish Cycling Federation and, in the end, a member of the
Union Cycliste Internationale.
Wow, who would have guessed this 5 years ago... o_O!
2015 - A year in cycling pictures
Taking a look back through the pictures, I had lots of fun during last year
I've prepared a small gallery with some pictures of what 2015 was for me, related to cycling.
According to strava, I've cycled 2040 Kms in 89 hours and 40 minutes, with a total of 24650 meters of elevation gain in 58 rides. I did some more cycling, as I don't track commuting or family rides with strava, but I guess that won't make a big difference in the numbers.
Depending on how much you cycle maybe you could find those numbers too short/less or maybe you could find them awesome. For me it has been a nice improvement over previous years numbers. I'd love to go out more time, further distances, longer rides, but even so, it has been awesome almost every single time.
You can check the gallery here:
I hope you will enjoy it.
Finally, I did a +100km ride, and in the best possible company
10 of April, 2016
The alarm should ring at 07:00 (EEST), but I wake up way before
that. I'm too excited to stay in bed, so I get out of the room as stealthy as
I can, trying not to bother Oscar, sleeping in the other bed.
I left the clothes ready the day before, in the living room, so there is where
I go after preparing breakfast (coffee, milk, bread and cheese).
I take it easy, eating slowly. It is always really hard to have breakfast so
early, but today I manage quite well and I eat it all up. The bike is ready
already, I put my cycling clothes on and I double check again that I have
everything with me (Phone, Garmin, HR Sensor, GoPro, spare tube, tools...).
Then I pick up Sascha's Jake to get outside.
Today we have planned to go on a longer ride together, Sascha and me. We will
do the Apollonas round (clockwise), a route that covers something like 100
kms around the island of Naxos. We will pass by beaches, villages, valleys
And I am pretty sure we will have looots of fun
I meet Sascha at the turn to Damarionas, the little village where
we are staying. We say hello and we start riding towards the south, to the
beaches. This is the easiest part of the ride, almost going down all the way
down to Agia Anna, where we stop for a moment. It is near 08:46 and it is
already really warm, so we decide to remove some clothes. I do remove the
not-so-warm long sleeve tshirt, replacing it with a more fresh short sleeve
one under my jersey/maillot. I also remove the scarf and I'm tempted to
remove the fingerless gloves too. In the end I decide to keep them.
Soon after restarting, we notice that they are doing a lot of work on the road
there. Some of the streets/roads are blocked, so we cannot go on them.
Following Sascha's idea, we take the bikes on our shoulders and we do a small
detour over the beach.
For the next 10 or 15 minutes we ride on flat land towards Hora, where we
stop for a moment to say hi to Giannis. I ask him if he could keep the
long sleeve tshirt, as I'm quite sure I will not need it at all.
It is around 09:30, and the sun is not yet hitting us hard. I feel awesome,
I have lots of energy and the whole idea of this ride gives me an extra
push. The road towards Apollonas is lovely. On my left side I've the sea,
which I can view from above, like a bird flying by the coast. On my right side
I can see mountains, hills, valleys... sooo beautiful, mind-blowing sometimes.
This road, as almost every road I've seen in Naxos, is sneaky. It twists, like
a snake trying to find his way through the island. I don't know how many 360º
turns I'm taking here, but I can tell you I'm enjoying each one of them
In Apollonas we do a stop for drinks and eat something, a toast, which for
them is a big ham+cheese sandwich with french fries. I also have a biiiig
mug of coffee and milk. We have all this sitting by the sea, with the beach
just by our feet. We talk. I don't know exactly for how long we have been
friends, but I enjoy every time I can sit and talk with him for a while. We
talk about work, cycling, about life.
Once we are done with the food and the drinks, we refill the bottles with fresh
water and we take the road again. The hardest part of the ride is just ahead of
us, waiting patiently.
It is 12:00 now. We can fully feel the sun on us. We have done a bit more than
50 kms already. I don't feel tired, but I'm wondering how I will perform in the
We are doing fine, but shortly after leaving Apollonas we do a short stop, just
after the first serious climb. Sascha knows the road better and he suggest to
do that stop to gather some breath (and take some pictures) before going into
the real thing.
I don't feel so powerful now, but it is totally fun going up on this snake of a
road. I'm enjoying every meter, every push of the pedals, every moment of
suffering on the legs. We took it easy and Sascha looks perfectly ok with it.
At one point, before Skado, he is faster than me. He keeps on with that
magic, hypnotic spinning rythm of his, but I know perfectly well I would burn
myself too fast if I try to keep up with that rythm, so I let go.
I take my time, I do find my rythm and I keep on with it, slowly, steady.
A bit later I find him waiting for me, sitting on the shade of a house. I'm
glad we stop, give some time to my legs to recover a bit, drink some water.
All the kms we have done, the climbing, the tired muscles... nothing can't
compare now to the feel of the sun on me. I can't imagine how this would be
in July, or August, with a full summer sun hitting you with no mercy. When
things get a bit easier (~6%, that is) it is bearable. I can gain some speed
and the air and wind around me helps cooling myself down a bit. When things
get serious (~11%, that is), I'm cooked, boiling on my sweat. And it is
middle of April, crazy.
We pass Skado, the end of the hardest part is just there.
"Just one last effort, keep it rolling, spin your legs, spin, spin spin!" - I
hear myself saying.
I notice the GoPro have run out of battery already, but I have no idea when it
did stop recording exactly.
Now a stronger wind joins us on our journey. Obviously it is not blowing from
behind, if you know what I mean. I grab the drops, lowering my position on the
bike and keep myself pushing the pedals, trying not to push too much against
Suddenly, the mountain gives us shelter. The wind is coming from the other side
and the rock is stopping it. It is the last part of it - "Go for it" - I tell
myself again. I put higher gears on the back and I stand on the pedals, pushing
harder, dancing with the bike. I gain some speed, just before that 360º turn
in front of me. Here I am, in the middle of the turn, standing, pushing hard
- "Let's catch up the swiss climber!" - talking to me again, just in time to
get slapped by reality. I'm not covered by the mountain anymore, I'm out of the
360 turn and without shelter the wind gives me a blow that felt like a wrestler
grabbing my seat post and pulling me back.
I fight, this time I fight the wind. I don't care if I'll burn, I'm almost
there, there is just a bit more and then it will be flat and all the way down
I've survived. I'm in Apiranthos, back behind Sascha's wheel again. He
waited for me and I catched up on the flat part before this wonderful village.
Now it is time to go up, just a little bit more, before starting all the way
down. I stick my front wheel behind Sascha's back wheel. He pushes, I push,
he spins, I spin. It works, I get the lift I need, at least until I notice
a pain in my left leg. A cramp, yeah, it has to happen. I should have known
that I cannot keep up with that fast spinning.
Luckily it just go away with a short stop, just a couple of minutes and some
I'm home now. The way down from Apiranthos was... down. Easy, fast. In
order to pass the psicological barrier of the 100km we had to go on the road
to Moni for a while, then back, but it was ok. Sascha did stop at his place
in Kaloxylos and I came straight to Damarionas (a bit more climbing for
a good finish).
I feel awesome, tired for sure, but better than what I expected. Now I have to
do this more often!
all geared up and connected!
A couple of days ago I went on a ride in the morning. One of the usual routes
I do around Lugo, first going southeast towards the mountains, then turning
west, then northeast back to Lugo. Around 58 kms on both main/bigger roads and
small and lovely secondary roads.
Something I do quite often this days, but this time something was different.
This time I had fun x 10. I felt so good, it was so much fun, I couldn't
stop smiling. I even laughed out loud some times. It was like having an extra
boost of adrenaline. It was real good fun there and, at one moment, I thought
that I'd love Dolo to be there with me, having exactly that same sensation,
feeling the joy and the fun.
"That won't happen any time soon" - I thought. I know, I know, not everybody
likes the same things, same sports... but I thought it would be really nice to
be able to share that with her.
And then an idea came to mind, like a lighting strike: SimStim!.
For those of you who hadn't read (yet) Neuromancer (seriously, go read it!),
a SimStim allows one of the characters on the novel (Case) to be able to
connect to another character (Molly) and live her experiences as his
own, seeing what she sees, feeling what she feels (pain, joy, surprise, etc).
That'd be just perfect for sharing all the joy I had the other day while riding
my bike. And, who knows, the future is just there, around the corner...