It’s a helluva town, and I biked the length of my borough this morning – up to the George Washington Bridge, down to Battery Park City, then home, about 25 miles total, in three hours. It’s the longest ride Maggie and I have taken together. Yay us!
It was a good opportunity to test-drive my garb for the 5 Boro next Sunday. I’m very pleased with the capris I ordered: the material is light and comfortable, they hit just below the knee, and (once I cinched the fit buttons at the waist) they don’t creep or slip. They’re meant to be worn with or without a lightly padded brief. I tried with today, and although I had my doubts about the brief – it seemed like too many moving parts to mesh with my moving parts – everything stayed where it should have.
The day is cool (55º) and partly cloudy so I layered up – thin long-sleeved wicking top, short-sleeved poly/merino jersey, lightly fleece-lined zippered hoodie. Depending on the weather next week, the hoodie may be replaced by a Gore-Tex shell – not as warm, but easier to shed and stash.
The Monkii clip and bottle cage are working well, especially now that I know to move the brake cables away from the clip before unfolding. Fortunately, I figured this out before the cables were damaged.
My old reliable Merrell sneakers are fine. SmartWool micro socks make them even better.
Other things I learned about longish rides:
- I can do them!
- Eat more than a cup of yogurt for breakfast.
- Drink before I get thirsty, and more than I think I need.
- Change hand positions often to avoid numbness. (Much less of a problem than it was.)
- Smile as I bike around ill-behaved people. Somehow it makes them less annoying.
- Relax and have fun.
A few photos snapped along the way…
Yay you and Maggie, for sure! You’ll do wonderfully on the 5 Boro, and may have just had the perfect layering practice, if the weather reports hold. Love your “learned” points; they’re right on target.
I think I’m going to wish I had capris, myself. I had no luck finding any that worked for me, but I suspect they’ll be perfect for the 55-60 degree weather we’re probably going to ride in.
Thanks, Brommie! Less than a week to go. Oh, the excitement!