It's a Trek 7.2 FX. Same model the local police use. No idea what the difference between a regular 7.2 and the fx is. 21 speeds but I only use the middle sprocket up front unless I'm going up a really steep hill. And it jumps if I use the lowest gear. So I really use it as a 6 speed, with optional 7th uphill gear. Free tune-up at one month, and twice in the next year, from the shop I got it at. The shop, conveniently, is about 30 yards from where the trail I ride crosses Rt 123 in Vienna. It was a movie theater in the pre-multiplex days. I saw "Young Frankenstein" there. Got a nice bright flashy LED lamp on the front, and another in the back, so I can ride on roads at night. Plus a reflective vest. Also got a rack and a bag to go on it so I can carry a repair kit, wallet, keys, etc. Helmet so that I have a better chance if all the lights don't work. All told, I've spent about a $1000 on it so far.
This is one of my usual rides. Fairly easy once I'm past I-66, but the climb up Virginia Lane, or from the other side, is rough. This is another. More hills, but none as steep. So both are equally painful. Takes about half an hour each way. This weekend I added a bit of riding around Vienna and McLean to the rides. So probably 10 miles each day. Trying to do these rides 4 times a week, and shorter ones the other three days.
Started a ride from Falls Church to Ballston on Thursday but at the halfway point I realized I'd been steadily going downhill the whole way and turned around. Not ready for the steady uphill of the return trip yet.
Tried out actual biking shorts today. Not sure what, if any, advantage they have over a $10 jockstrap, since I haven't been having chafing issues yet. I'm too old and too fat to wear spandex openly. Seen some amazing things on the W & OD trail. Really, it's nice that we're all getting in shape, but spandex only looks good if you're already in shape. If you're as out of shape as some of us are, well, I wear regular shorts over the riding shorts. The weather today is mid-70°sF, and sunny, so the trail was crowded. Walkers, joggers, bikers of various sorts traveling at various speeds.
Starting to think about motorcycles now...
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