I debated riding today since I was so tired but it was so beautiful out that I decided I just have to go especially since I know I’m not riding tomorrow for various reasons. I set out West on the W&OD with the intent to stop at Spokes bicycle shop in Vienna which is around mile marker 11.5. The bike needed lights. 🙂
I noticed today that as I was riding on a higher gear than I had been in past rides. Also, it took me less than 40 minutes this time to get to my pitstop in Vienna. I definitely moved faster today. I do realize though that I also did not have the heavy backpack I did last Friday when I timed myself on my way to work for my trial run. But still, I definitely rode on one higher gear up than I had been even before!
I bought some lights at Spokes because I had a feeling that I’d be getting home a bit later than usual. The days are getting longer but still not like what it will be in summer. I installed the lights outside of the store. I didn’t want to be caught out there without not being seen well or at least better. I also bought a reflective vest which I’m still not sure I’ll keep and a bike map for Washington DC and surrounding areas. That thing is cool!
Once I got home (I hate living at the top of the hill, whew!) and ate dinner I finally installed my cyclocomputer from Planet Bike that I bought at REI months ago. I fine tuned the lights to my liking and moved the front reflector. There really isn’t a whole lot of real estate up there on a handlebar. I definitely have to say that the bike is looking nice. It looks great with all its new accessories but I also feel a sense of relief knowing that I am helping myself in trying to be more visible to people in the road. I’m finishing up “The Art of Urban Cycling: Lessons from the Street” by Robert Hurst. I’ll devote another post to that later but I really think that everyone should read it. Take it upon yourself to help yourself and never assume the actions of other people. Happy Riding!