I am writing this to benefit me and think things through. It may help others in this same situation.
I am using the "granny gear" more to help me when I pedal into the wind or head up the hills. This is a term that some may not know. In the photo below, the smallest gear is given this name. Just by the name, granny gear, it is meant to depict a negative. I am a grandparent and I know great grannies that do a lot. I think you know what I mean.
The 3 front gears were on many bikes sold in the last four decades. I feel embarrassed that I have to use the easier gears now after many years of only using them minimally. I know that I should not feel this way, but I do; at least until now. The fact is that as you get older you slow down. The fact that I am still riding is a point to be proud of and celebrate. If there is any competition for me it is against myself. Yesterday I jumped on my bike and I set a new personal record for one of my regular sections to ride.
I ride for my enjoyment. I enjoy my rides. I will do what I am capable of doing. I now enjoy the ebike rides a couple of days a week.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.
Pacific Coast Highway