I decided to test the cyclo-cross and build up my strength and stamina cycling a slightly longer distance last Sunday to the town of Pontian Kechil shortcutting the main road by going through palm oil plantations which have a mixed of paved and dirt/gravel roads. It was a leisurely ride as I didn’t have the required fitness yet and obviously there were lots of stoppages in parts due to rains, photography, tiredness and lastly as I expected, saddle sore. All in all, it took me four and half hours to reach Pontian Kechil. On reaching Pontian Kechil the bike became slightly heavy which I found caused by the brake pad touching the rotor. Without the necessary tools, I was unable to readjust it. The only tool that I brought along was the air pump. Tired, sore butt plus if I were to cycle home, part of the journey will be in the night and if I were to go by the main roads, the distance will be longer, I decided to get a taxi home.
Two lessons learned from this trip, one is that I need to set aside a generous amount of time for the trip and rest if I’m not spending the night and bring along tools to do repair/adjustment. For longer distances, spare tube is a must. The other, cycling on dirt/gravel road is more tiring due to lack of traction and rolling. It is akin to running on a beach, nevertheless, it helps build up strength and stamina.
Actually three lessons learned…I read how to avoid saddle sore.