I usually stay off of sidewalks because I don't want to scare the daylights out of pedestrians or get undercut by rampaging tricycles. Today during my lunchtime ride through a quiet neighborhood though I took to that narrow ribbon of concrete.
And it was more challenging than I expected.
Roads have undulations to ride through and potholes to avoid, but compared to the drops and bumps every 5 feet as you jounce over sidewalk cracks and expansion joints, roads are smoooooth. I find, especially with the 24 compared to the 29 wheel, that my slow speed stability is low and jittery. Combine that stability issue with the unexpected challenge of sidewalk riding and this noon's outing was an adventure!