We moved from Munich to Gauting one year ago and have now experienced all four seasons in our new surroundings. Here are some pictures from our local rides in different months and now.
Now a before-and-after story:
In March I bought a new bike. A while back Em asked how I was doing with the new bike. I think I can answer the question now.
I soon noticed that the gearing wasn’t good for me. Even the best e-support has limits if the low gears aren’t low enough. I was very upset for not being better informed about the gearing ratios and stuff, and the fact that the guy in the bike shop didn’t advise me well didn’t help. It was fine for local biking with minor or short climbs, but I knew I would have problems touring with panniers and in hillier terrain. I was really kicking myself and wishing I had my old bike back, even if I couldn’t get my leg over the top tube.
Then Janos had a bright idea. Maybe a smaller front chain ring would help. We went back to the bike shop and explained the problem. “With that bike you should be able to ride up Mont Blanc,” was the reply I got. But they were obliging and installed the smaller chain ring.
Yes, it helped, it helped a lot and once I got used to the gears, which are farther apart than on my previous bike, I was again happy with my choice.
Then unexpectedly things got even better. My cardiologist put me on a new medication… and wow. Unless my daily rides got me a lot fitter all of a sudden in two weeks, the new med must be responsible. I am not laboring up the hills in the lowest gear, not gasping to catch my breath, really feeling much stronger. I am amazed. So that’s what it feels like when you get enough oxygen! I have an appointment with my cardiologist next week for a follow-up EKG. Let’s see what he says. Whatever the reason, I am feeling pretty good! And I am still glad I got the smaller chain ring.