A Little Recognition

I went for a bike ride to tune up my engine. A little recognition is in order:

  • To those in the cars that saw me and gave me room: Thank you! Some of you gave me so much room that I couldn’t have hit you if I tried. I’m not complaining. :-)
  • To the inventor of bike lanes: Thank you! If everyone saw bikes, I would continue to ride country roads like I used to. Nowadays, I don’t like to gamble my life that way.
  • To the inventor of cycling shorts: Thank you!1When I put them on this morning, they were so cool, I had to check to make sure they had no holes. Black riding shorts — genius!
  • To the sadistic inventor of the average speed mode on my cycle computer: “Thank you!” You’ve turned every bike ride into a race against myself. Specifically, the uphill climbs become races against the average speed. Ouch!

Ride summary:

Actual Time Moving2The user guide calls this the “automatic timer mode,” but I prefer “actual time moving.”1:08:34
Average Speed3This was 15.0 when I stopped at Starbucks. I have no idea why it was 14.8 when I started again. Hmph!14.8
Maximum Speed4“What goes up, must come down. Spinning wheel, got to go round.” Those “hills” on the other sides of creeks are preceded by wonderful downhills. ‘Course, I tend to spend more time going up the hill than down, but that’s another story…28.0
Liquid ConsumedVenti ice water, Grande iced white mocha, Large water bottle

Update. Jamison and I rode to the cousins’ twice today. I got another 14.66 miles, for a daily total of 31.6 miles. :-)

Day 10 on the bike. :-)

By Brent Logan

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  1. If you are trying to out race everyone else, you can’t possibly smell the flowers or enjoy the clouds. Just say you are “taking in the view”. I’ll believe it! Because when we travel (by car) we often make about as many u-turns as straight ahead ones…..going back to get a closer look at some flowers, animals, or anything else that looks interesting. Keeps the boredom away.

  2. I hear you. Slow can be fun and beautiful. That’s an accurate description of my commutes to work. That’s also what Jamison and I did yesterday, exploring more of Hillsboro on the way to the cousins’.

    This was a ride to blow the carbon deposits out of the carburetor. The scenery was secondary.

    I think I need some gas additive. ;-)

  3. Thanks for sharing your biking commute.

    I just replaced my front brakes on Sunday (broken, like me, after a crash last month). I will hopefully start riding again tomorrow. :-)

  4. Ouch! Hope you’re okay. Sounds like it. :-)

    I love getting out on the bike, even for my short (3.3 mile) commute. Longer/faster Sunday rides are just the frosting on the cake.

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