Dirt Diva’s Group Ride

MTB Group Ride
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Group Riding Fears

Fear is an interesting animal.  Some people lack the normal types of fears, they are the “fearless” and can be found back flipping bikes or driving fast in the rain.   Fear to me is self preservation and common sense, tied with adventure.  Which part is larger, which part is stronger and what direction will you be pulled?

First times for events in your life cause fear for most.   First date, first kiss, first time you ride a mountain bike, and so on.   Yearly, I have “first fears.”  First ride in the dark,  first group ride, first fall, first race, and so on.  Some are thoughts, and not major fears but others cause me horrid nerves and anxiety.

Last night I went for my first group ride of the season, it was a great experience and reminded me why I love riding with others.   BUT before the ride I was nervous and feeling sick.  Was I fast enough for the group I picked? Would I crash and be that person that crashed in front of everyone? All of these thoughts were running through my head as I drove to the trail.

I tried to pre-ride to shake the nerves from my legs, but it didn’t work.  I need to get in with the group and start riding!   Thankfully this group is filled with many of my friends and past customers. They knew me, they joked with me, and my nerves were washed away within a quarter of a mile.

Get Out and Conquer Those Fears

Moral of my story is if you are scared, we all have been there.  Look at me, I’ve been riding over 12 years with groups and my first of the season still makes me nervous!    Ride with friends, and loved ones.  Be strong and ride.  If you are scared, go off the front or fall off the back.  Ride with someone that knows your level and what you are capable.  Follow them, ask them questions, and if you still are worried we are here for you.  Let us know how we can help you!

Ergon GC2
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New Steering Wheel on the Surly Sled

Tonight (Tuesday, March 21, 2011) is the first Dirt Diva’s group ride of the year.   As this is the first season I’m not working retail I was very giddy to get back in the saddle with a large group of fellow women that love cycling.   I also knew to keep my respected name in the area I would have to get my bike to stop creaking before the group ride.

Over the weekend when I was riding Fisher Farms my handlebar kept popping and my rear disc kept whining.   Now, I couldn’t have that continue as it was driving me batty!   After a long grocery shopping adventure last night I was ready to check over the bike and make needed changes.   Until both lights in my garage popped.    Did I mention it was 8:30pm and dark now outside?  Even darker in my garage… Never fail, I pulled out my contractors lights and set them up.

Contractor Bicycle Lights

Look into the light...

Next I loosened up my stem to clean out any dirt that may be causing the creaking.   Oh yeah, my handlebar was cracked.  Gotta love aluminum handlebars and Thomson stems…

Origin 8 Space Bar Cracked

Time to swap out the the carbon bar I’ve had laying in the corner and try out the Ergon GC3 grips with bar-ends I’ve been waiting to ride on a straight bar.  Everything happens for a reason…

Ergon GC2

Then it was time to cut housing before I strangled myself or a passing by squirrel… and finally tuned up my brakes with the cleaner line of housing.

Trim Bicycle Housing
It was a quick 30 minute change of parts and rearranging on the Surly Sled.  I do adore this bike, even though it is probably the most “heap” of parts bike I have ever owned but it also probably the one that has seen the most mileage, abuse and scenery.

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