What gear should I be in?
I don’t know…are you pushing hard or does it feel easy? If it’s easy change gears.
Is that high or low? Up or down? Both levers together?
I don’t know!
Much giggling and crunching of gears and legs free wheeling later, we still didn’t have any idea; we were having a great time regardless.
That’s a bit how the conversation went last night when two Quackers went out for their first road bike ride out along our favourite running route (a Quacker has recently purchased her first road bike, it’s very pretty). River Road is nicely undulating and reasonably quiet so a perfect course for beginner riders.
The trouble for these two Quackers is that one is a raw beginner and the other is only half a pedal turn in front. I soon discovered that when it comes to riding fast this Quacker makes me look like Richie Porte.
Who’s Richie Porte you ask? Why he’s a speedy Tasmanian cyclist who wins big international races and gets places and gets to wear that yellow jersey sometimes in that French race…what’s it called…umm…The Tour de France…that’s it. He’s also an Australian Olympian. Such is my cycling knowledge but I do know who Richie is because he’s a fellow Tasmanian. Go Australia!
Back to our ride last night. Yes this Quacker makes me look like Richie. Apart from going up hills. She powers up those hills and I fall a bit behind, but on the flats? Off I go like a zombie is chasing me whereas my fellow Quacker is riding like she’s off to enjoy the scenery. I got my fellow Quacker to go a bit faster along a flat section and we managed to get up to 32kph! Our average speed was 17.5kph over 15.5kms.
And just because we don’t know if low is fast or slow, or high is slow or fast. Here’s a little help for us two beginner cyclists. We need to get the lingo correct. But let’s think back to only six-ish years ago when we heard the word taper and had to look it up. Watch this space. I’m sure that soon this Quacker will be claiming that yellow jersey and the title of Richie.