I've reached a couple of milestones on the road bike recently.
|Road Tube vs. Mountain Tube|
Perhaps the next milestone I reached was a "real" road ride, and by real I don't mean noodling around the neighborhood. Instead, I'm referring to the open highway. I was amazed at how hard roadies have to concentrate while riding in traffic. Naturally you have to pay attention to keep from getting ran over, I have to do that on the mountain bike as well. But roadies also have to literally watch the pavement in front of them since they don't have the shock absorbers and 2 inch wide tires that mountain bikes have. When I'm riding the road bike I have to be very alert for things such as drainage grates, cracks in the road, expansion joints and missing valve covers and such. These things can dump you off your bike in a heart beat and when you are riding less than a couple of feet from a moving vehicle it can even be deadly. And so we come to milestone #4, getting passed by car while in the same lane. There is only a brief stretch of road on my route (about 500 feet) where the shoulder disappears and I'm forced to share the lane with 65 mph traffic whizzing by. It's a white knuckle affair and I really don't like doing it, but it's really brief, and traffic is very light on Sunday mornings. I wouldn't be caught dead trying to navigate that section of SH 45 during peak hours.
So, what, if any, milestones have you met in the pursuit of your hobby/sport? I'd love to hear your experiences...