2012 I believe was the year that I acquired my Carrera Virtuoso Limited Edition. Draped in the colours of the Union Jack, it was my first road bike.
I’d been diagnosed with the Cycling Bug… no treatment needed.
I had the bike before the big hype that followed in the summer I believe. For those hidden in a cave for the last few years. This guy propelled cycling onto the UK radar to the masses by Winning Olympic Gold along with the Tour de France.
Catching the cycling bug a few years ago, I never really got into it until around this time two years ago. Having cycled to work, the shops and never really having been over 10 miles before, my hockey team mates persuaded me to have a long bike ride to Luton. Everything was wrong about the ride, but I made it through.
A few highlights of what was wrong I can hear you shouting…
- My Bike Seat was far TOO LOW!
- I was not clipped in and wore trainers with toe straps
- I wore a bum bag
- My inner wall of the tyre exploded
- Generally unfit and didn’t enjoy it
Baring in mind Luton isn’t exactly the gated community or perfect example of an English City / Town, it was not the most pleasurable 30 mile ride.
Building confidence and having enough time to get out and about on the machine was the main reason why I didn’t clock up too many miles in the first 2 years of having my bike. Also the fact that I lived in a postage sized house was one of my other excuses!
The last 8-12 weeks, I have notched up over 200 miles on the bike, constantly passing and ogling at other middle aged cyclists with their Carbon Fibre ultra expensive bikes and getting bike envy… after I overtake them 😛
I enjoy cycling so much, it takes my mind off the daily grind and gives me a new skill to add to the locker. Short of upgrading my bike, I have changed the tyres, handlebar grips, added elements like a saddle bag, lights to cater for all occasions and scenarios.
If you are around the Hertfordshire area and would like a spin / cycle buddy, drop me a line!
Here’s to another 40 miles this weekend!