Or maybe, notsomuch. "Hey, Tough Guy" is the favorite term of endearment from the Chronoman when one is performing, er, _attempting_ to perform some act of cycling prowess, strength, or endurance. He usually utters it after the futile attempt, as a reminder that it didn't work.
I've made a conscious decision to ride the Fixed Gear as much as possible for the month of march. I rode a total of 6 hours on saturday and sunday, just over 90 miles worth. Yeah, I know it doesn't sound like a lot, but riding the fixed for 3 hours is a lot more work than riding gears for the same distance. Hauling it up hills, spinning it down, no coasting. It gets to you when you can't coast to stretch after 40 miles. My intent is to get up to the track in londonderry on a regular basis, and I'm going to need some skills with regards to riding at speed in a group. I have two brakes on the the bike, but I've been focusing on controlling speed with my legs and staying off the brakes. No, I'm not going to take the brakes off the bike as long as I'm riding on the road with it. Too dangerous - for me anyways.
For what it's worth, what's up with the track? Their website hasn't been updated since last fall. No 2010 schedule yet. I'd think they would at least be open weekends by now. Anyone has any info, please point me to the link.
I got my first commute of 2010 in today as well, on the fixed gear, through lawrence. No brakes? I say, nay nay.
so much for being a tough guy.