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It's my new riding technique; I call it "trying to keep up"
If someone gave you a 7 kilo road bike, you would have no problem keeping up with the best of the Cycling Kyoto gang! I was the one needed to be waited for the first 90k yesterday. Especially after the descents. Still fun though. And in any ride group, someone is bound to be the weakest. :-)
Tough Thursday social ride coming or next Thursday? Have you and Manseki been westward? Or maybe we could try a 200k flat ride?
I'm perfectly fine to be the weakest... gives me something to shoot for. I don't know how much my bike weighs, but I doubt the extra weight makes all that much difference, relatively speaking, because I've already got 85kg of body to move, so the marginal benefit of a few kg saved on the bike is probably not a significant percent of total weight to move. Now, if I were 45kg like some members of the group, a few kg becomes a big thing.
Anyway, I'll consider my current bike like learning to type with a manual typewriter (which is how I learned). It's more difficult to learn, but the learning is much better.