So I did go to the Performance Bike yesterday to return my Speedplay Frog pedals. I decided to just stick with what I have (the yellow Crank Brothers Candy C) as they didn’t at all bother me on the very flat century I completed last weekend. I know I need to get a ride report in. I didn’t buy the rain jacket that I was thinking about getting last post but I did walk out with a new, cheap saddle and a pair of Pearl Izumi Sugar knickers. I have been having saddle comfort issues and wanted to see if I could alleviate this some. I hate being cheap when it comes to buying things but I am learning that you get what you pay for. Anyway, I installed the Forte Women’s Contour Saddle. I really liked that it had the cut out and was a bit wider than my current saddle and it was flat. I wanted to just test that out with my old shorts but I realized I hadn’t done laundry in a few days and was out of bike bottoms. So I had to wear my new knickers today with the saddle. Seriously, the most comfortable ride saddle-wise thus far ever this morning. I am definitely keeping the knickers as they rock but I will have to see if the saddle also makes a difference.
As to the rest of Bike to Work Day, aside from the pitstop it was fairly uneventful. I hit some rain a few minutes from my pitstop at the Whole Foods in Vienna but it stopped while I was there. I seem to remember that last year there seemed to be more giveaways and free schwag but beggars can’t be choosers, I suppose. I did talk to some other ladies in the area who stopped at other pitstops and got cool things like chamois towels and even a handlebar bag! I did get my free t-shirt and had the breakfast I wasn’t able to have before leaving this morning. I had gotten out a bit later than I had wanted to. I also got my hot-off-the-press Fairfax County Bicycle Map. There’s a good article about it at the Washington Post. I took a look at the map earlier. It looks pretty cool. My husband and I are always wondering how to get around places by bike in the area. This should help! There was a pretty decent turn-out at the pitstop despite the weather. Most memorable to me was the man who was tandem riding his daughter who was probably about 6 or 7 at the most. She was wearing her backpack underneath an oversized rain poncho and was too cute. What a trooper to participate even in the rain!
As to the fender issue, It probably would have been nice to have one up front this morning. Definitely a lot of spray but not too bad. I may consider the EZ Fenders that are fairly quick to detach for days like this. Since my commuter is my regular bike because of the length of my commute, something I can take on and off easily sounds best.
I’m working on that ride report for the Knotts Island Century, I promise!