Ride Report - Vancouver to Squamish
So I rode some twisties for the first time and I did it under the watchful eyes of "bigaussie". It was a pleasant evening and the ride took us about one hour each way. We didn't make stops on the way so took pictures upon reaching Squamish. Some highlights and observations are noted below:
1: It is a great experience riding in twisties and V is an easy bike to throw around them (duh!)
2: I went slow and easy on most of the turns and twists but was feeling more comfortable by the end of the day than I was at the beginning of the ride.
3: I can't say that stock seat is okay. But it is no as horrible as I expected it to be. About an hour commute to work in the morning + ~ 9 hours of sitting at a computer + 30 minutes of riding to meet bigaussie at his work place + 1 hour each way to/from Squamish + an hour back to my home. On top of all this, I have a bad back. My tail bone took the brunt of it by the time we reached Squamish. We are gonna swap our seats on our next ride (he has a gel seat) to see if it makes any difference.
4: 15 minutes into our ride, I was hoping for either lower footpegs or highway pegs to stretch my legs. I am just about 5'10" but the seat to peg ration is not ideal even for my height. By ythe time I got home (around 9 p.m.) I had almost cramp like pain in my right leg. I think the long ride coupled with the fact that I had been fasting for almost 15 hours, I must have been very dehydrated which was causing muscles to act up. And unlike bigaussie, I wasn't properly dressed for the ride. It got pretty cold on my way back. My upper body was warm (waterproof jacket) but jeans made my legs cold and my hands were stiff with cold as well (Teknic racing gloves).
5: I felt so light riding the bike after bigaussie kindly offered to put my backpack in his Givi side bag. I usually haul 5-10 kg on my back which is a big no-no. I did not have any sore shoulder which I normally have after 30-50 minutes of ride with my backpack. So have to save money for at least a top box now.
6: Givi windscreen works good.
7: I have to do something about the vibes in the handlebar and the buzz from the guage cluster.
8: And last but not the least, I need to get into shape for longer rides. Probably should loose 40 pounds of fat and gain 10 pounds of muscle especially in shoulders/arms and legs.
9: Next time, I am taking my DSLR and making stops on the way. If it weren't for me to reach in time for breaking the fast, we would have made some pit stops to appreciate the scenery.
10: Can't think of anything else, maybe bigaussie can chime in.
Edit: hmmm....not sure why the images are loading up sideways. They are fine on my computer.
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Last edited by datawiz2012; 08-22-2010 at 01:47 AM.