Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Terrible Hole, IN
Good call taking the msf course.
As far as riding alone, I pretty much always do. The only person I really ever ride with is my wife, but we're down to one bike now so it's pretty much always alone. The few times I've been in groups I wasn't a fan of it. Perhaps it was because I didn't know the other riders well, but I just felt unsafe around them. It seemed they were getting the group attitude as we rode on also, meaning someone would do something so the others felt they had to one-up him, and so on and so forth. I would break from the group quickly and do my own thing. When I'm riding by myself I can concentrate on becoming a better rider more. I do like getting in behind other lone riders once in a while to observe techniques though, it's a great way to learn.
Comfort is not really something anyone can tell you much about, IMO. Some people will say the Gix 6 is the most comfy bike they've ever been on, others will say it is about as comfortable as a running kick in the family jewels. It all depends on your body type and size, personal preferences, etc. For a 30 minute ride I would think you would be fine. The more you ride the more you'll realize that a 30 minute ride barely constitutes a warm-up.
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