As predicted, the weather for the first “official” day of Spring was fantastic and demanded a ride. This year’s event was made more special with the maiden voyage of my wife’s new bike, a Fuji Absolute 1.0.
We bought the Absolute several weeks ago at Big Wheels bike shop in Alexandria. My wife hadn’t ridden it yet because she is a normal person and hasn’t (yet) been convinced that riding in temperatures below 60 degrees is enjoyable. So she bided her time and this afternoon provided the perfect opportunity to take it out for a spin.
The Absolute is technically a hybrid bike, but it is basically an entry-level road bike with flat handlebars, a triple crank (normally found on hybrids and mountain bikes to make hill climbing easier), and a rack over the back wheel for putting stuff. The shifter is a Shimano 105 series, just like what I have on my fancy-pants Madone. The tires are 28cm, just a tick wider than the 23mm version one normally finds on a road bike. My wife noted that she often has back problems while riding bikes and the dealer threw in a stem raiser for free, which moved the handlebars up a couple of inches. Nice.
In memory of my first bike ride on my hybrid in March, 2010, we took the same route – a 13.6 mile course out to the county land fill and back. Despite a stop for taking off her hoodie and for me to deal with a thrown chain, we bested the time I made on that fateful ride two years ago. This is all the more impressive since this was her second workout of the day; she went on a five-mile jog in the morning.
Despite the relatively short length, we got to experience most aspects of any bicycle ride. We dodged pedestrians, joggers and fellow cyclists. We discussed traffic. We climbed some hills and flew down the other side of them. We even had a mechanical (my chain derailment). All in all, it was a great first ride and I’m hoping for many more to come.