Getting Back In the Saddle, For the New Year
The band has taken up so much of my time, these past few months, that I have all but ceased to think of myself as a cyclist. Sure, I ride back and forth to work, occasionally, and run some errands. But, I haven't gone on a lot of rides, and none of any appreciable distance, in quite a while.
The silver lining to that is that my Achilles tendon has been less stressed, and I hope that it is pretty much healed up. I have not experienced any pain from it, lately. And I really hope that means that, once I get back to riding farther, and more often, I will have no problems with it.
In the meantime, I have been doing a little roller riding. Even though there is no substitute for actual, on the ground, mileage, riding the rollers seems to bump-start my fitness pretty efficiently. Being a bit out of shape, I find that riding in the cold is not that much fun. I have to put so much effort into staying warm tht the ride, itself, is punishing.
So, the rollers came into the house, along with one of my all-time favorite bikes, Le Peugeot L'Orange. Riding fixed on rollers is a lot more fun than riding with a freewheel, to me.
I sort of dropped out of the fixed-gear scene, a couple of years ago, due to a few factors. One of those was that most of people with whom I ride don't enjoy riding fixed. But, since I really don't get invited along on too many rides, nowadays, I suppose I might as well ride whatever I feel like.
(It's amazing how quickly people stop inviting you along, at all, if you have a bit of a handicap on the bike, and have to turn down a few rides...)
Anyway, I think I will go back to riding a lot of fixed, this year. I think I will even build myself up a fixed mountain bike, and do some off-roading, again. I have missed that. And, I have a suitable frame hanging in the shop building.