The Tank

The Tank

After what seems weeks (it was) I was actually able to take my old bike out for a spin today. It felt like new but it was my trusty Cannondale R-300 that I bought way back in 1994 when I was stationed in Connecticut. I had originally bought it for a trip I did from Connecticut to Ohio and have lugged the bike around ever since. I don’t know how many miles I have on it but it’s a few. Over the last couple of weeks I went over it with a fine tooth comb and only needed to replace the rear rim to get it rolling again. I’ll write up another article that covered the whole process. So, for today’s ride I traded in the Tank (pictured left) and headed out with my long-time friend. I met my brother-in-law at his neighborhood entrance and he says, “Oh…you’re on the crotch rocket.” Indeed I was and now it has a nickname-Crotch Rocket.

When I left the house I was skeptical of the wind. It was gusting pretty good but I didn’t want to lose a ride day so I headed out into it. The wind left me alone except for one stretch that headed North West and another that headed West.

Crotch Rocket

Crotch Rocket

Riding good ‘ole Crotch Rocket was like a dream. It transferred pedal power so much better than The Tank and rolled effortlessly. Without even realizing it I was cruising along at 15+ mph and had to keep holding back or I would drop my brother-in-law who was on a mountain bike. The thing pedaled and rode so much better than I remembered. It’s not state-of-the-art by any stretch of the imagination but I love it. It’s an older Shimano 7-speed with shifters on the down tube. For laughs I weighed The Tank and Crotch Rocket to see how they compared. It wasn’t even close. The Tank came in at 33 pounds while Crotch Rocket floated in at an even 20 pounds. A 13 pound drop in weight. Amazing. Someday I hope to move up to something nicer but for now it’ll do just fine.

My numbers for today’s ride don’t look too great because I did a lot of holding up. I was able to kick it in for the last two miles home (I gave my brother-in-law heads up that I was going to push it) and it felt great.

Here are the numbers for today: 11.51 miles, 53:35, 18.2 mph max, and 12.8 mph avg.

Also, I went over 200 miles today since starting Biking To Live.