I got a nice Brooks saddle off ebay, and Penny gave it a 15 mile test ride while I tweaked the adjustments. Plan B was to put it on my mountain bike… I don’t think she’s going to give it up though…. LOL… Now she has a shiny black Brooks Flyer saddle and she was loving the springs when riding over the bumps.
Absolutely gorgeous day for a ride. Outbound, we intentionally kept the speed below 10mph and gawked around at the scenery. We even got passed by a Dad with two kids on their own bikes…. I tried to convince Penny that it was absolutely empowering to not react to that and lay the hammer down…. LOL.
We turned around in Morrow, but not before I tweaked the nose down on Penny’s new seat. She immediately felt the positive effect of that change.
On the way back we started off relatively slowly, and at one of the stop signs got passed by three guys on mountain bikes, one of them with full suspension and large knobby tires, no less! I commented to Penny that the guy with the full suspension was expending lots of energy. Sure enough, he dropped back to the point where we were nearly drafting off of him. I felt kinda bad because we were hardly putting any effort into it at all despite having our heavy steel touring bikes. We kept creeping up on him and finally I told Penny to drop in behind me as I decided to pick ’em up and put ’em down. We quickly passed all three and Penny caught the “speed fever” and bumped our speed to almost 18mph…. nice cruising speed, but not sustainable for our unseasoned legs. Despite that, by the time we reached South Lebanon and looked back, the 3 guys on MTB’s were no where to be seen. I could tell she enjoyed that! :)