While I shared pictures of my new bike when I got it back in February, I’m making its formal debut today. I have finally gotten outside on a couple of rides and given it a name.
Without further adieu, I give you The Black Rock.
You are probably wondering what the name means aren’t you? Well the name comes from the title of one of my favorite band’s songs – Black Rock by O.A.R. In case you aren’t familiar with the group or song, feel free to have a listen. Along with the Dave Matthews Band, they are one of my favorite bands.
I can not tell you the number of times the lyrics of this song have run through my head during a long workout; “The black rock is where I spend my time”. In a literal sense, the lyrics talk about writing music, but the underlying tone behind the song is that the Black Rock is a place of solitude – a place of peaceful reflection. I don’t about you, but for me, a long bike is an extremely peaceful and relaxing experience.
Ok, so know you know that name. Want to know how it rides? In short – like a dream. It is an absolutely wonderful experience. It is sleek. It is comfortable. And it is fast.
Well, last year, the fastest I ever did 4 laps around Reeds Lake was 57:51 for a 19.6mph average. I remember this ride because for whatever reason, I was in a hurry to get the workout in and was hauling. Jump to last Thursday, my first ride Black Rock. As it was my first ride, I was still getting adjusted to the bike and careful not to push it. Four laps around the lake later, I rolled back home in 56:51 – a full minute faster!
I now have 3 rides under my belt on Black Rock and with each ride I am getting more and more confident. The first ride was a bit nerve wracking getting used to being aero nearly 100% of the time and using the bar end shifters – a first for me. Riding this bike takes much more foresight and smart riding. With the bar end shifters, it is more important to anticipate the hills and know what gear to be in before you get to the hill because once you start climbing it is harder to shift gears and maintain balance. I’m sure it will get easier with time and experience.
Today’s ride was the biggest confidence boost so far. It was only a 1:15 ride, but the wind was brutal -25mph gusting to 35mph. It was most a crosswind on my route and when the gusts would hit me, it was getting kicked in the side. I was holding on to aero bars for dear life. Thankfully, I made it through unscathed.
Overall, it a wonderful bike and I have the absolute best wife in the world for buying it for me.
Have you named your bike? How did you pick the name? Did the name pick you?
“Sometimes I just look around to take in the feeling coming out from the ground
But that’s just something I do sometimes
And then I just step out the door to take in the wind coming off of the shore
And that’s just what I’m doing tonight”
-Black Rock, O.A.R.