Sarria

Tibidabo 002 Cycling

New Bike

Tibidabo 002I’ve recently re-bought a bicycle, yes the last one was stolen after a month of owning it. ūüėē ¬† It’s taken me 3 months to gain the confidence to purchase another. ¬†Granted this one is most likely¬†was stolen from someone else, well the parts were made up from various other stolen bikes. It’s a hard monster to beat but let’s just see it as it is, I bought a much cheaper bike with superior parts to my last bike. ¬†However, let’s just say it’s bit of a “project”, I will need to change quite a few bits and pieces on it:

  1. The suspension requires a little looking at
  2. The tyres would need a looking at, I’m not happy riding knobby tyres around the city.
  3. The rear brake is cable (and feels like a drumb brake then suddenly locks up), the front is hydraulic (which bites nicely).
  4. The paint… well as it’s inarguably stolen the frame was painted grey, I was thinking I might as well embrace it and paint it myself to something else a little better than the bodge paint job they’ve done on it.

Suffice to say, there’s a few things I will look at doing on it¬†little by little, I ultimately don’t want it stolen and that’s my biggest concern.

Tibidabo 002

Last time I cycled up to Tibidabo (4 months ago) I followed google maps on the shortest route there, which took me up a 45 degree slope for a while, before hitting a flight of stairs (which today I found out was 437 stairs long). I recall at the time almost dying a few times over carrying the bike up the stairs.

This time around I decided to do it the not-so-short-route in order to cycle up. ¬†So it has been over 4 months since I last did it, I’ve not been riding at all lately, most of my work places are out of Barcelona and has me riding my motorcycle everywhere. ¬†Which is my lame excuse for why it took me so long. ¬†However, I have decided to try doing this cycle consistently and see how my time improves. ūüôā

The Ride

SarriaWell the bike¬†to me is very new, I’ve ridden it one other time which was a few days ago with my friend Vidal who was visiting. ¬† So today’s ride which was 22km round trip got me familiar with the bike. It handles very nicely and is considerably lighter than my previous¬†bike.

So the ride itself was interesting, as I headed out of my neighbourhood into Sarria, with old buildings tight alley and colourful facades. Beyond that I headed through some further cobbled roads, passed the main gyratory road around the north of Barcelona, and then suddenly I was greeted by resting horses (unattended). Before I knew it I was winding up round the road heading to Vallvidrera with my tongue out, finally I got to the village, by this point I’d been overtaken by several other road-bike cyclists in their lycras and gimmicks, I didn’t feel bad by this at all.

I passed the point where the stairs I had previous climbed up me with the road I was riding, I met a couple of runners who had just made it to the top, we chatted a little while and they told me that there is 437 stairs!  Imagine I hauled my 14kg bike up +400 stairs after riding for a mile at 45 degrees.  Phew!!

The weather at the top was certainly cooler, and certainly quite dead no huge crowds (maybe because it was midday Friday).  Strava informed me I had moved for 1 hour and 13 minutes by the time I got to the top. I sat down at the restaurant at the top, ordered a drink, rested up and shot off again.   The downhill certainly was a lot more fun! Total moving time was 1 hour and 35 minutes,  yup ~20 minutes home!

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