What do you ride?
When I am out and about, like local rides and in Scotland I use my Dawes Super Galaxy.
I went up my first alpine climbs and Mont Ventoux on that heavy beasty too, but after that success I invested in a beautiful Trek Madonne .. I know a couple of women who invested in racey sports cars after their cancer experiences, I preferred to get a sporty bike. Beautiful she is ....
She cost me 600 quid a ride between buying her and being back in treatment for my secondaries :-\ very sad times they were ..
But I got well enough to ride her again, and now I have decided to switch to a triple set of gears on her, cos the original was too sporty for a fat-old-bird like me, so I hope this new engine will make it easier to do more climbing on steeper slopes this summer