So that’s why it’s called a road bike

I went out on my bike on Monday evening, and managed to fall off, embarrassingly.

So when I went out today for a nice cycle (Lisburn and back, 25 miles), I was a little more wary, and paid a bit more attention to what I was doing. And so now I think I understand what went wrong. Like a teenager going too fast in a sports car on twisty country roads, my new road bike is a bit too fast for twisty pedestrian paths.

This conclusion came as a bit of a surprise to me, I have to admit. But it turns out that my road bike can go from nought to quite fast for a bike without me having to try very hard. So I was simply going too fast to turn the corner when I came off on Monday. This never happened before on my mountain bike, because it took more effort to reach a decent speed.

So it’s much easier to ride on a road, and I guess that’s why it’s called a road bike.


6 Responses to “So that’s why it’s called a road bike”

  1. Phil Says:

    I’m glad you now understand why I have several different bikes. 1 for the roads 1 for off-road and 1 for what lies somewhere in-between, (also known as Belfast city streets)

  2. John Girvin Says:

    I know all too well from my own painful (and recent) experience that road bikes and off road paths do not play well together. Stick to the tarmac, and try to keep it rubber side down.

  3. Niall Says:

    So you got a new bike then! What did you go for? I had planned to replace, but with all the work on the house it’s now not going to happen 🙁 Maybe next year!

  4. Norwin Says:

    Niall – I got myself a Trek 1.2. I like it.
    I went out this evening for a cycle, and managed an average speed of 16.9mph to Bangor and back on a 26 mile cycle.
    It really does work much better on the road.

  5. Geoff! Says:

    Did you not get a ママチャリ? Shame… 😉

  6. Niall Says:

    Wow – a 1.2 litre engine. Sounds like fun 🙂