I did a 55 mile version of that ride with Rhonda quite a few years ago - maybe 8 or 10. Really hard. The hill up into Norfolk from the west was particularly a slog. Rhonda was riding on ahead of me on that and I struggled to keep her in sight. 74 is very impressive. I've been hiding out from that ride every year.
I must have been low on something (fluids, electrolytes, sugar?), just nothing in the tank. The Norfolk hill(s) seemed like they would be nothing special on a normal ride. One of those days.
I had lots of opportunities to observe cyclists going by me, and I would guess that on average they had some place between large and very large thighs. Maybe that's why they were moving along? Way out of my league.
Just like with cars, many bike manufacturers sell (or at least they did a while back--I haven't worried about scratches on my bike paint for a long time) little tubes of touch-up paint for at least reasonably current colors. You might check with your bike shop to see if they can get something that is a pretty exact match. In any case, much better to have the bike fall down and get scratched all by itself, and not when you are on it!
Of all things to be concerned about when it comes to maintenance, the scratch is the least of your worries!
Of course Alex feels the same way about her body.
also true. It's the moving bits that concern me most.
It turned out that a little bottle of red paint was with the stuff they gave me when I got the bike. Took me a while to realize that, a while longer to find where I'd put the stuff, and a while longer to actually do the painting. Still need a second coat for the couple of little spots where the scratch was deeper, but already looking better!
The new paint job looks so good I expect that next you will be applying it to similar scratched areas of skin. It's just like they say, if you got it, flaunt it!
Plus it will make it easier for Gail to spot you when you are standing in a sea of ordinary people who haven't properly attended to their scratches.
Will there be an "after" picture?