My first commute to work on the coker was fun… but unicycle seats being
as they are (even with air pillows) I did not feel up to unicycling to
work again the very next day. (Ok, well, it’s not so much the seat, as the
fact that all your weight is on it.)
So, I rode my bicycle. Then I noticed something odd. I was going a lot
faster than I usually do on my bike. When I made it into work, I checked
my cycle computer, and my average speed had increased by a mile per hour
over what it usually is. I think this is also my all-time record.
Has anyone else had something like this happen? I am sure my riding style
has a lot to do with it. I tend to ride in high gear at all times, except
for large hills. Since I am in the highest gear, I have no more harder
gears left to use, so the limiting factor is how fast my feet can spin the
pedals. (I don’t think most bicyclists ride this way, but I got into
bicycling after I was into unicycling.)
So, after riding the coker, where I have to pedal like crazy just to stay
at a speed that feels like a crawl (compared to a road bike), my feet
apparently were just more willing to get in more pedal revolutions on the
bike as well.
If the weather remains nice, I will definitely be riding the coker as
frequently as I can, biking a little less, and driving a lot less.
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