Something old, something new! Not sure if this is cheating the month’s challenge slightly or just bending the rules to suit my own agenda, but the “new” is a new thing to me so that’s what counts, right? 🙂
I’ve succumbed to N+1 for the first time in a few years! After having done nothing but all-out road cycling for several years, I finally gave in and bought a mountain bike.
What! I hear you say? You’re not joining those hairy legged baggy shorts wearing beer chugging stump jumping dirt donkeys are you? Don’t worry team, I haven’t given up the Lycra and leg shaving yet! Tasmania has a reputation for being a mountain bikers paradise, so it was probably about time I joined the fold or at least gave it a go. I tell you what, it’s quite the change and challenge.
Here’s a snap from one of my first rides. I stumbled across this old truck out in the middle of nowhere while exploring. I just had to stop and take a photo of it alongside my new truck! I wonder how long this old truck has been laying dormant there? I wonder who owned it last? Or what it was used for?
Mountain bikes have certainly come on since I last owned one with loads of new tech. Seat posts you can raise/lower with the flick of a switch, single ring wide ratio drive trains, hydraulic disc brakes, not to mention those massive 29 inch wheels which roll over everything with ease!
So over the winter here in the Southern Hemisphere I’m going to start hitting up the local trails and sharpen my off-road abilities (or lack thereof). Needless to say, it’s a lot harder than simply hammering constantly on the pedals when on the smooth blacktop! Here’s to new adventures and learning new skills!