I used to be a pretty decent cyclist. Sure, a lot of people could drop me, but I could hold my own against a lot of folks as well. I think when I was living in Luxembourg I raced against the Schleck brothers (FrÃ¤nk and Andy) as well. I probably beat them too. Well, maybe I was only beating Andy. At the time we would have been racing against each other in Luxembourg, FrÃ¤nk was 16 and Andy was 11.
Now, my beautiful titanium bicycle is sitting in my garage in Los Angeles, gathering dust. As you know I have my similarly colored ãƒžãƒžãƒãƒ£ãƒª here in Nagoya. On Sunday I was feeling sloth-like, and needed to get some exercise. I had planned on a bike ride, but the day was passing without any action. I was making excuses, like, â€œWell, if I go out it will probably rain.â€ Lame.
As I was falling asleep on the couch I finally shook myself out of my lethargy and started mapping a course. I knew that if I could just get to a river, likely Iâ€™d have a bike path to follow. One thing that drives me crazy is the constant stopping and starting. Why even bother with a road bike when you would be clipping and unclipping most the time? A riverside ride would at least give the illusion of an open road.
I was checking out the Nagoya map and found a river out by the Nagoya Dome. Hey, that had potential. Around 5 pm, on a hot and humid day, I headed out on my bike looking for some exercise.
Indeed I found a bike path, one that was actually pretty nice. I told myself Iâ€™d go out until 6:00 pm and turn around so that Iâ€™d get two hours in. Of course, just getting to where I could ride consistently without stopping took some time, but once I got along the Yada river I found a very serviceable path and had a nice, long ride. On one speed. It is kind of hard to feel like a cyclist sitting upright with a basket in the front, but I kept plugging along. I wonder how fast I was going?
The Yada River meets the Shonai River and the trip starts feeling like you are actually out in the country.
So the experience has made me think, â€œDo I want a real road bike out here?â€ Should I drop the cash and get a low end road bike? Even low end is still serious cash. Will I actually ride consistently? Iâ€™m not sure, but I do know that Iâ€™ll get out there again on the but this time Iâ€™ll put some water in the basket!