Following my crazy schedule, long working hours and non-stop meeting after 5pm, commitment to the gym became close to impossible. Plus, the gym gets pretty boring very quickly if you do not have a working out buddy.
Why struggle keeping up when you can have fun with an alternatives?! So, I figured its best I get alternative and mountain biking was one of them. If you read my last post, I talked about all the other cool stuff I intend to do this year – if you haven’t read it, here you go!
First thing you need to start Mountain biking obviously is a bike. I was impatient and naive so I went to Game Stores and bought me what I thought was a great bike, a Totem XC330 – Ya, it didn’t work for me. It cost me about 650,000Ugx
Here is why;
- It has an ancient gear system – this made my riding horrible. The climbs were a nightmare since the gears wouldn’t shift smoothly
- It felt weak – I was already scared going down hill that any moment the frame will break and that will be the end of me.
- It had an old braking system – Yeah, I learnt about this when I started riding. You need disc brakes for better safety.
On the other hand however, It was a green beauty.
Fast forward, I sold it and bought a second hand Boss Convert , it is an entry level Mountain bike but it has the bells and whistles one needs to get started. I had todo a few customizations to it mainly changing the gear system. I wasn’t comfortable with the grip shifter so I replaced them with number push shifter. Oh! I also changed the seat. The original Boss seat was too small and to hard on my fragile pelvic bone. I had to replace that with an after market seat that is more comfortable. All this cost me about 440,000Ugx
First thing you should always do after getting a bike is service it – matter of fact, service your bike as often as need be. I service mine on a monthly basis because I only take it out four times a month.
This last time however, the freewheel hub had its own issues, these are some of the things that you need to get done to get a smooth ride.
I ride with a group of awesome people every Sunday morning for an exciting 20Km ride which is either around Kampala or the Lake Side along L. Victoria. I shall be posting about the rides including the falls that I have had in the last couple of rides. Nothing to worry about it, nothing was broken only bruised body parts. But where is the fun without a few falls?
Till later have a great one.