Friday, February 12, 2016

Variety

One aspect of bike commuting I really enjoy is having a wide variety of routes at my disposal. I see something different every day. I get to know different parts of the city.

We're trying to sell our house and move closer to downtown. Once we do I look forward to incorporating the south side of town into my commuting routes. Who says you have to take the most direct routes, right?





Sunday, February 7, 2016

New Steed In the Stable

Today was Super Sunday in more ways than one. I picked up my Elephant Bikes National Forest Explorer from Glen Copus at eight this morning. Like a Siren this bike beckons you. I jumped onto the saddle as soon as I stepped out of the shop and cruised down the block and back.

Once I got home I ate a quick breakfast, changed into my riding clothes, and headed for Riverside State Park. I cruised around for a little over an hour getting to know the bike. It was a blast to ride. It's light and nimble. I hated to get it dirty but, even though the looks may indicate otherwise, I am not looking for a trophy bike.

This will be my bike packing bike. After my front rack arrives I will have it painted to match the pedals and handlebar tape. I'm really looking forward to doing some long riding on some one and two-night camping trips around here. I plan to ride the Idaho Hot Springs Loop this summer on this bike.

I faithfully follow Rule #12.

Saturday, February 6, 2016

Riverside In The Snow, Ice, Mud, and Water

I spent three hours riding around Riverside State Park yesterday. There are still a few areas where I had to leave my footprints because of the unrideable--at least for me--snow.  The snow was mostly rideable when I started but as the day warmed the deep stuff predictably became unpredictable. I would suddenly sink in a soft spot, which wiped out all my momentum. Sometimes I could power through. Sometimes I would have to catch myself before falling over sideways.

I felt much better this time around. The second time going up Five Minute Hill felt better than the first. Maybe because I was fully warmed up by then.

My Strava map.

Making new tracks.


Snack break at the top of Five Minute Hill.

I had to strip down before getting into the car.

Thursday, February 4, 2016

Savin' Souls

Two gentlemen on the left were busy trying to save souls yesterday. One was politely handing out tracts to anyone who would accept one. The tract was full of warnings about hell. The other gentleman was yelling nonstop about everything and anything in the bible or what he believed the bible to mean. And he was aiming his words at the STA Plaza. Most people ignored or quietly endured him. But some decided he wasn't the only one who could raise their voice and would return in kind. It was entertaining for a while.


Tuesday, February 2, 2016

Sing Along Time

I've been riding my single speed to work since last week. Since I can't put the panniers on it I've been using a backpack to carry my stuff. I added my Bluetooth speaker system and I've been cranking out tunes as loud as I can during my commute.

On the way home from work these evening I passed by a house and an older gentleman was standing on the porch. Quiet Riot's "Bang Your Head" was blasting from my backpack. Danged if he didn't start singing along.

Rock on, dude. Rock on.


Sunday, January 31, 2016

Riding Riverside

Yesterday I took the Scott Genius--obviously not named after me--out to Riverside State Park to check out the trail conditions and get a couple hours of riding in. I got plenty of riding in and a little walking, too. The roads have a lot of standing water, which I was able to avoid by hugging the edges. The climbs and descents I hit were rideable. The descents were clear, to include Devil's Down, until you reached the bottom where there was 4-6 inches of crusty snow just itching to throw you off course. The inner loop of the 24 Hour course has a lot of snow. Fat bikes would have an easier time there than my mountain bike.

I got a good workout and comparing the level of effort and performance with that I was doing last year, I can tell that daily commuting may be enough to keep me healthy but it's not enough to keep me in good enough shape for what I expect of myself here. Thankfully, I have plenty of time to get ready for the 24 Hour Race.

Snow between Devil's Up and Devil's Down. 

The sun came out! 

A slight detour required here. 

Bringing some of the park home with me.