Mountain bike (Kodiak) 1:14:49 25.37 km (2:57 / km) +179m2:51 / km ahr:137 max:165
This was primarily an exercise to get a feel for the handling of 'Bent's Kodiak. The plan was simple: 5km right turns; 5km hill climb; 5km left turns. Then see what I felt like for the rest of an hour, which turned out being some different hills and finishing of navigating traffic on the river path. All paved today.
The cockpit is a bit snug for me. My ideal would have the seat back about 15mm and the bars maybe 5mm higher. On the right turns I threw my knee outside the bars to create a bit more space. As I started left turns, I felt more comfortable squeezing my knees to the inside, as close as I could get to the tiller. I experimented a bit with the two techniques and didn't really settle on one. I favour the knee outside for faster turns where there is room to make a fairly wide turn. For tight slow speed turns, the knees inside let me make surprisingly tight turns.
The riding posture is much like the BikeE - a bit of a light recumbent. Quite comfortable and a good view of the world. The steering isn't nearly as twitchy as the BikeE and the Kodiak is much more stable climbing and has no problem gobbling up wet grass.
I was a bit sketchy on an uphill start. I was wearing street shoes though.
Road cycle warm up/down (Brompton) 1:04:07 16.13 km (3:59 / km) +63m3:54 / km ahr:98 max:98
I went out with Mrs. to test the new Brompton she bought - perhaps to keep me from continuing to over analyze which one would be best. It was her first ride since the beach in March so it was a pretty leisurely pace.
I mostly wanted to make sure everything was in order before packing it up to take to Phoenix to search for rubies.
Just in case anyone is interested in the technical details: It has a 2x3 drivetrain with no overlap in gears, so a true 6 speed with a range about the same as the small chainring on my cross bike. 2 speed derailleur with fairly close gears (maybe a 14&16) and a 3 speed planetary fairly widely spaced. I had thought about a nickel frame with titanium bits, but the 'raw' frame looked incredibly cool and was far cheaper. In the end I didn't feel the need to pay 4 figures to save a kg on a bike weighing about 12kg. A frame toolkit (inside the frame), a pump and a bell are all integrated and the dealer included lights and a fabric bag.
The vegetation on yesterday's ride not only ate my socks, it plugged my sinuses so sleep last night was sketchy resulting in me not getting up before the prime window for low traffic cycling was closed.
Mountain bike (FatBoy ) 1:56:13 24.08 km (4:50 / km) +72m4:45 / km ahr:143 max:169
North Holland River trail explore with 'Bent. Some of the trails weren't really there anymore. The updated bridge to the stretch through a farmer's field to Holland Landing was gone completely. I forgot to turn my Garmin back on after pausing to see if there was any other way across short of doing a rock walk over, so my time and distance are a bit short and my map (when I load it in a bit) will miss a bit of the eastern loop - 'Bent may load the whole ride.
We eventually found the terrain bowl. Some of the shoots in look fairly challenging and at least one of the ways out is overgrown from lack of use. Even some of the trail we found was overgrown enough that it took an hour to get the burrs of my clothes. The embolic stocking gobbled the little ones up.
Just as we were finishing the woods my bike got much easier to pedal - because it no longer had a chain. With the tools packaged into my bike and 'Bent's tiny pliers we managed to get it together again while providing a feast for the mosquitoes. It turns out we were very close to the end of the trail and could have walked to a much friendlier location to do the repair. The chain seemed fine on the 7km back to the house.
It was a perfect day and great to have someone to explore with.
Tested some more Bromptons. This time they were set up properly. I now have a good handle on the geometry of the different bars and the gearing ranges. They are really solid bikes and more fun than I expected for such a compact package.