On a recent sunny morning, a few miles off the coast of Kinsale, we were riding our bike on a beach in the middle of the bay.
It was the first time I’d ever ridden a bike on this stretch of coastline, and my new friend and I were eager to learn more about the bike we were about to take out for a spin.
The local bike shop, Bicycle Lab, has a range of bikes and a full range of gear to help you prepare for the surf and waves of the coast.
The shop is a little less busy than some other bike shops, and I was keen to see what was on offer.
We were taken through a shop that displayed a range and was very well stocked with bikes and helmets.
It wasn’t long before the shop manager had me check out my new bike.
“Look at the pedals,” he said.
“It’s a Honda Vibram Five-Star.”
I asked, wondering what his thoughts were.
“They’re not the best, but it’s good for you to ride.”
I was a bit confused, so I asked the manager why.
He explained that the five-star bike is a more modern model, but not exactly the best model.
I explained that I had just ridden my first bike and needed some feedback on how it was going.
The manager seemed surprised, but he said that the bike I was riding had the best riding position for me.
I’m sure this was because I was wearing a helmet and had put on a few pounds since riding the bike, and the pedals were good for me, and it was the perfect balance between comfort and performance.
He then suggested that I try riding the model that the shop had on display.
“You can’t do that,” he explained, because it doesn’t have the best pedals.
“That’s not good,” I replied.
“There’s no reason for you,” he replied.
He asked if I had any questions, and when I said I didn’t, he told me to go back to his shop and get the model.
After the bike was in my possession, I decided to ride it.
The pedals were a bit awkward for me to use on the bike.
They were a little tight, but I managed to get a few good bounces.
It seemed the pedals had a little more stiffness than they should, but there were no issues.
I was able to make some turns in about three minutes and the bike felt very comfortable.
It felt good to be on the water.
A few minutes later, I was back at the shop.
The bike seemed a little different to what I’d ridden before.
It had the same size of the pedals, but the head tube was much smaller and was far less comfortable.
I put it in the back of my mind and hoped that it would feel good when I got back to the shop, but to no avail.
I decided that I would try the new model.
It didn’t really feel as good as the first model, and there were a few small complaints about the shape of the pedal that had been present before. I didn