Monday, October 15, 2007
Long Autumn Ride
Rode the loop from BGT to SRT to Marymoor, down to Issaquah, and then back on Newport Way and I-90 bridge on Saturday afternoon. Took a little less than 5 hours to do 50 miles. Not a strong pace, as I stopped for photos, coffee, etc. Had planned to get a sandwich at the Subway at Marymoor, but the place was closed, despite some outdoor religious revival meeting that was going on. I filled the water bottle and headed back on the road, but was low on steam. Maybe it was the layoff from all week, maybe it was having commuted the day before, maybe the lack of food, or who knows what, but my pace was slow and I was tired.
And, the Lemond seems sluggish. Annoying clicks with each turn of the crank. Rough ride with little forgiveness for bumps in the pavement. Am I just getting old and snarly?
As I limped home, another rider pulled up at 25th & Blakely. She was riding a Lemond Sarthe, a steel bike outfitted like my Alpe d'Huez, and she was raving about the ride. "Smooth" she said, and it got me thinking about a Bianchi. Went to Gregg's on Sunday, checked it out, but also went to Recycled and looked at the Surly Bikes. Now I've got some things to compare!
A couple of bike sites have caught my eye this evening, particularly in light of a couple of bike/car collisions that have been in the news recently.....
Keep it safe.....