12 July 2015

Long time passing

#381 / #175

12 July
Sometime in the past few months, Red Leader went on a bike ride by himself, and had a pinch flat and TWO more flat tubes.

Today, we carefully checked his flat tire for sharp bits, found none, and put in a new tube.

We did the counterclockwise Lake Natoma loop. On the last hill I got a flat! So we are officially in need of new tubes. RL has no more and I have one patched tube and one new tube.
I ordered 6 more tubes. I shall also pick up a patch kit and patch the two tubes with tiny holes.

We really, truly plan on an early evening ride later this week.
Stay tuned and see if we keep our promise!

27 May 2015

Triple Threat

IOU posts!

Here are posts!

Right here!



Thursday May 14th
Ride to the Capitol
43 miles.
Joined a May is Bike Month event full of mayors and such like folk at Hagen Park. Rode to Discovery Park and got free spaghetti and listened to some speeches. Didn't ride to the Capitol, but rode to Alphabent where I had the following cam on my frame quickrelease replaced. Yay!

Sunday, May 17th
Rode 21.5 cool and comfortable miles with Red Leader on the American River Trail (huge surprise, yes? Ha ha) from Folsom on the north side of Lake Natoma past Sunrise, then back on the south side of the lake.

Saturday May 23rd
22.5 miles on the ARBT from Sunrise to Howe and back.

There. Three very terse reports.


12 May 2015

Headcold slog

11 May

My husband, Red Leader, brought back a lovely cold from Indiana. It manifested in him as a barking cough, and in me as a classic right side ear, nose, throat thing.
Both colds were on the way out by Sunday, so we decided to try an easy bike ride on the American River Parkway Trail.
We managed 12 miles.

So I've managed to log 40 miles this month for May is Bike Month.

If all goes well, I'll get another 40 on Thursday when I ride from Sunrise to Discovery Park as part of a 50 Corridor bike ride. I have heard that about 100 riders will be on this. Cool!

MiBM El Dorado County Kickoff

7 May 2015

2 whole miles. Whoooo.
Now this ride, I'm not surprised I forgot to blog about. Between the ride on the 3rd, and this ride on the 7th, I got a massive, horrible head cold.
Which I still had when I did this event.
It was raining, cold, and a little windy. So I only went 2 miles.
More people turned out then I expected, given the weather, but we El Dorado County folks are tough.
I didn't have my fenders on the trike, so I got liberally speckled with mud on my way back to the start, to collect my tasty lunch and May is Bike Month t-shirt.

BUT I GOT THE SHIRT and logged miles!

Great Scott 2015; Thoughts on driving in traffic

3 May 2015
25 miles

I can't believe I forgot to write this post!
The ride was fun - I decided to use the larger organized ride as a convenient excuse to run a group ride for the bicycle meetup group I belong to.

The Scott Road Ride makes use of several rural roads, closing them to most motor vehicle traffic so bicyclists and pedestrians can use the roads in greater comfort. 
Participants desiring to leave from Folsom have the Palladio shopping center as a suggested parking spot. More on this later.

Only two others showed up at the Palladio, my good friend M. Kay and her husband. We had a nice ride, enjoying the scenic rural countryside. We rode together the 12 miles to Latrobe Rd., then they had to get to another appointment, so we headed back separately.

I remembered that the ride back through the 'open to motor vehicle traffic area' would be tough with noontime weekend traffic. I elected to use the pedestrian crosswalks to make my left turn, although upon consideration, and consultation with the experienced folks on the FaceBook group Cyclists are Drivers, I decided that I could have safely used entirely traffic lanes and the left turn to make my way back to where I had parked.

Parking at the Palladio.

This is the note I posted to FB Cyclists are Drivers group.

"Today, I used two crosswalks instead of fighting my way across multiple lanes of noontime weekend traffic. I just could not see a way to do it as traffic. Folsom, California. E Bidwell and Iron Point Rd. Pinkish lines in the screenshots represent my direction of travel. How would you have handled this?"

 I got lots of good advice from the group, some of which I had to shoot down since I had not included all of my decision making in the initial post.

Here's a non-satellite view of the intersection in question, probably easier to look at.

It was suggested that I could have done a boulevard turn east on Iron Point. 
I replied: " I had considered a 'Michigan turn' on Iron Point (going rt to go left as you suggested) but discarded that option as Iron Point is busy with multiple lanes, starting up a famously long hill, and I am so slow on hills I think it would take phenomenal luck to find a break in traffic big enough for me to get across the 3 lanes to make a boulevard turn."

I also commented on the problems with parking at the Palladio: 
"I saw a lot of frustrating edge hugging and sidewalk riding today, which is probably why I disliked my own behavior so much. The county closes some sections of rural roads to motorized traffic one Sunday in May to mark May is Bike Month. Their suggested parking area for this particular entrance to the closed area is on the other side of this intersection, with some moderately hairy riding in motorized traffic to reach the closed area. I was pleased with my bicycle driving on the way out, as I used actual traffic lanes to get over the freeway overpass, while my friends hugged the right past two on ramps. The closed area is attractive to riders unaccustomed to riding with motorized traffic, but to get there they have to do all kinds of 'feel safe, actually not' things."

I'm going to digress here, and say that the bolded words are what I see as the root problem with bicycle specific infrastructure. If bicycle specific infrastructure is everywhere, then riders of all skill, experience, and 'guts' levels can ride where ever they want. But the reality is, between different regulatory entities, funding issues, and various levels of community support, we are never going to have 'complete streets' everywhere.

Anyway, the best advice I got was to go and practice that intersection. And to USE the traffic lanes already there. Yes, I'll get beeped at. I'll probably survive. No, don't "not believe" in the laws of physics, but I do believe that I can ride in traffic, as traffic, in most situations.

18 April 2015

Bike Around the Buttes 2015

Saturday, April 18th

Generic picture

Red Leader and I had intended to do the 40 miles course this time, but we wimped out and did the 17 again instead. It was over in a flash, and we decided that the magic hill-levelers were at it again.

My trike was a little unstable on the downhill side of Pass Road, wanting to wiggle and wander from the combination of road camber and a slight wind. And a rough road. So I kept it down to 27mph and was relieved to reach the bottom rightside up.

Last year, I said I would count cows this year. And I did. About 150 cows on the 17 mile ride.

Butte Slough, I think. No cows here.

I considered naming this post "Cows and Culverts", or "Cows, Culverts, and Concrete", or "Teleporting Cows."


Red Leader decided that my efforts to count cows were in vain, since the cows were obviously teleporting around the course to stay ahead of us. All cows look the same to me. He might have something there.

We don't go very fast on our trikes, and we are positioned to look ahead and around, rather than staring at the pavement and a front wheel. So I noticed a dry rice field to our right. Well, first I noticed tiny little narrow culverts in long straight berms. Then I figured out it used to be a rice field.

I also noticed that many roadside culverts - where a driveway or farm road comes out - were constructed of bags filled with something. We decided it must be Quick Crete. So that's a twofer - Culverts AND Concrete.

A Concrete? Culvert

I'm looking forward to May is Bike Month - signed up for a 25 mile and a 60 mile ride already. Whee!


Autopause. Sigh.

April 9th, Red Leader and I started from the Folsom parking garage on our (now) usual 20-something mile ride to somewhere past Sunrise and back.

I have got to remember that using any other app on my phone while Strava is running causes it to autopause. I don't want it to autopause, because then I have to find the app and poke it to get to to run again.

So my recorded ride was 7 miles. Phhhhhht.

That is all.