As another famous blogger says "Me! Me! It's all about me!"
ok this is getting to be like old news now and it's long and no pictures. You're just lucky if you're reading this whole thing through that I deleted this weeks' Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday rides:
Last Thursday - went on my very first ever Shop Ride, which was 2 Wheel Transit's last shop ride of the season. We started out at their future location on South Perry and headed up Southeast Boulevard, to Regal and then I'm not sure where. I remember we turned left up Jamieson at one point. There are some nice views up there. The group got split up after a bit, and so after awhile I just tried to stick with one group as we headed back down the South Hill. It was a fun ride, about 15 miles for me, some had more or less depending on their route. It was a good group to ride with, and there was a mix of road and 'cross bikes and a hybrid or two. I'm not sure if I'm big on riding in a large group, but it's a good way to get out of the house and meet some new people. The great folks at 2WT fed us with pizza and gave us a tour of the new shop-in-progress afterwards.
I learned a lesson - Bike Commuting/riding tip #4.2aa - Carry extra batteries, stupid! Or a back-up light. Yes, my front light died somewhere on the ride. It was getting near dusk when it was time to ride home, so I walked over to the convenience store and found they had 4-5 pegs filled with AAA batteries, a few 9v and D batteries, but no AA's for sale. I headed towards home while it was still light out and stopped at a 7-11 on 2nd Ave and picked up a 4-pack of batteries. It was dark by the time I made it to NW Blvd. Sure felt strange riding in the dark already this time of year, and gave me a preview of fall and winter riding. I like riding in the dark for some strange reason, but it sure seems like the sun is setting way too early.
Friday - I forget. I must've ridden to work and taken the 7-Mile loop home. Getting a little predictable, but another good 20+ miles.
Saturday - took it easy. Renewed my USA Cycling license and finally sent away to WSBA for my race numbers. Looks like I'm really going to do 'cross again this year, there's no backing out now. Worked up some energy in the evening and rode my blue Redline to downtown Spokane to watch the Twilight Crit. A pretty cool event, I made it in time for the kids race which was fun to watch. Then came the Masters 40/50+ and Women's race. Holy Crap! am I glad I didn't sign up. Those guys were booking it around the course, leaning into the corners. The course was open to the public after the Masters/Womens race so I took one half-embarrassed lap around the course during the "Citizen's Ragtag Rally" as they called it (don't care for that name, but then I had nothing to do with putting on this great event so can't complain). I started out without my helmet on - gasp! - and thought better of it. Didn't want any pictures getting back to the Mrs.
Sunday - oh let's see...oh yeah we rode down to do the 5th annual Spokefest. We thought about doing the 47 mile Four Mounds option but ended doing the 21 mile route. Through mishap and maybe bad judgement on my part, the gears on the blue bike which had been running so smooth after its tuneup, are now rattling up front and refusing to go in the two lowest gears in back.* Took Spokefest fairly easy, except for one spot on the return section. A guy in a team jersey with a noisy bike passed me on the right and this annoyed me for some reason. Got my competitive juices going, so I hung with him for a bit and then passed him on a hill. So there. In a real race I doubt if I would've caught him.
My wife missed seeing BikeStyle Spokane at the vendor tents this year as she was hoping to find some new bike gloves. I had a german sausage, beans and a sno-cone to fuel the ride home, so we broke our long standing 3 year tradition of stopping at Doyle's Ice Cream on the way home from Spokefest.
Sheesh, this is more like a bike diary, I'm a regular Samuel Pepys.
*I've discovered it's not a good idea to lock your 30 pound U-lock to a strangely shaped bike rack and your seat tube above your front derailer. The lock slid down below the derailer and twisted it around a bit. And also riding on an almost flat rear tire the last few blocks home can do some weird voodoo thing to your rear derailer. I managed to get the front derailer working without rattling against the chain last night, but still need to fiddle with the rear a bit more before I cave and take it in to the shop.