The last week(s) were quite warm (if not hot) and dry in Germany so I tried to
cycle to work and back almost each day.
At first I rode my uprights, but then I felt like trying the Python for the
first longer distance.
For security reasons and because there are stretches with roads and car traffic
I first changed my back wheel to the already prepared SON dynohub wheel and
fixed front and rear light. Both are switched to „always on“ mode.
One way to work is about 35 km - meaning a total distance of 70 km ( 43 miles)
Adding all the shorter and longer trips (the longest was 50 km) I came to the
conclusion that I must have finished my learning phase.because I exceeded the
total 300 km ;-)
That means I am now changing from „beginner“ to „intermediate“ level of riding.
Sort of. :)
Some thoughts and changes so far:
- Adjusting the chain tension is not easy the way my bottom bracket is fixed.
Even a slight slack will sometimes cause the chain to fall off the sprocket. I
am considering to put in a chain tensioner despite the hub gears
- At first I put the seat to a more upright position so I had more clearance to
the back wheel for a saddle bag. This gave me more control, better view but
also an awkward angle to peddle. Now I lowered the seat again but put in a
bigger spacer for the damper of the rear swingarm to raise the bike again. This
causes the same height, more control and a better (more straight) alignment for
my legs regarding the pedals
- Driving a straight line becomes more and more easy and automatic. However
when pedalling this only works safely when I dampen the movements with my hands
on the handlebar. When there is enough room I always try to ride without
handlebars and try to make very smooth pedalling movements without jerking
sideways. It feels like a meditation sometimes. Is this the way to go? But
sometimes the handlebars really feel safer - maybe just as a feedback for
steering or a dampening. Not really for steering
- The Azub mesh seat is not optimal for two reasons: 1. when falling in the
learning phase the mesh gets quickly rubbed though. I have sewn on a strip of
cordura to fix it. 2. because it is very wide in the front it collides with my
front wheel or fender when pivoting to 90 degrees. 3. It does not fit my body
perfectly since I tend to slide down gradually when riding. So maybe I have to
look for another seat or try to build my own
- Riding freehanded is real fun. On my way home on Friday I bought a big cup of
ice cream and started riding while eating it. There was an upright racing bike
rider passing me and his jaw almost dropped when he saw me eating ice cream
while riding. That was fun.
Jürgen, Vi and all you others who wrote, shot pictures and videos to fuel my
decision to own a Python:
Thank you so much!
This was the best decision and experience in years and I am glad that I did
this (after struggling for almost seven years to actually start).
Some impressions from my last trips:
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