It\’s Monday. I must have put 700 miles on my bike since Thursday. My thumbs hurt, and my body has been sore every day. I\’ve had a few relatively close calls. I had to slam on my brakes on the freeway going 70mph, which is one of the scariest things that has happened to me. And I dropped my bike once in sand and once in gravel while going downhill on a forest service road. The bike is fine, but my pride was not. And I actually found it more difficult to turn and brake when I got back on the road because my confidence melted a bit. I am slowly regaining my confidence. Afterwards I learned from Kris that you\’re not supposed to use your front brake while offroad, especially when you\’re on a heavy bike with street tires.
My thumbs really hurt from holding the throttle and brake open for so long.
Sophistication is the virtue by which we perceive Quality or excellence (ἀρετή), especially where the material and social world intersect: food, drink, clothes, and machines, but also art.