So, ive been riding my foia for a couple months since my first post. Its was one of those love at first site bikes. Sure some people started at it in confusion but beauty is in the eye of the beholder and it rides like a beast so anything else can be forgiven.
Im finishing off my final year at uni now and have got a dissertation hand it looming (this is perfect procrastination) so I dont get to ride as much as I like. Ive been commuting to campus as much as possible to get my ridding in. Its only five miles each way but its incredibly hilly so inevitably I get carried away and turn every ride into a race.
The ride to uni is uphill biased so I tend to stick to the roads and mash the pedal strokes in. Ive managed to wear out two tyres in as many months (race kings and crossmaxs) so im clearly still putting a dent into my normal routine. I also get to see the sea every day, twice a day. Its something I love and will miss terribly next year. Along the way I always try to beat my manual effort, which the foia is king at. I can pretty much manual any distance providing im carrying the speed which I have never done on any other bike.If im lucky I can get into the slipstream of a bus and cheat part of the way. Im trying to improve on my time of just under 22 minutes (not bad considering the monster elevation).
What goes up must come down and oh is it good. I set a route through my campuss, down a few stair sets, through a small section of woodland, down another and then home. Its the best ending to a hard days work. Gives me time to forget everything and just focus on the moment. I tend to leave later in the evening giving me an empty path all the way down to the road. There a couple great hip jumps and transfers on grass and concrete banks. I thank the post-modern architects for the crazy designs. I can only assume he’s a ridder too otherwise its just the best luck ever! So having dodged a couple student and lecturers, transferred and whipped my way through campus I then carve through the woodland. This time of year it gets a bit loose so I tend to go sideways (had a few offs too). I then join the road and have a bit of fun with the speed bumps before leveling out and spinning my way home. My best time is well bellow 18 minutes (with traffic light stops, giving way and the rest).
The ride is so much fun; come rain, shine, wind or calm weather. I always feel the surge of adrenaline through my veins when I leave to unlock my bike and fasten my helmet. I think the foia helps make the ride special. The foia is seriously quick whilst also reminding me to stick the back end out when I fancy it. Grin factor? Ear to ear.
Ride on and make the most of what you got !