In 2013, I rode

  • 374.8 miles
  • spent 25 hrs 2 min on the saddle
  • climbed 7159 ft

See it on my Strava profile.

Not bad considering that I only bought my bike on July 29th and started slowly.

Winter time

Why Don’t Americans Have Bike Barriers?

The Dish

Dunsmuir Separated Bike Lane

They’ve been proven to save lives in countries such as the Netherlands and Canada, so why their absence in the US? Architectural historian Steven Fleming argues that macho bike culture deserves some of the blame:

A sad irony in the history of bicycle transport is that keen cyclists aided and abetted motoring lobbyists, who wanted the whole road for cars.

Bike store owner John Forester was a keen “vehicular cyclist.” He could keep pace with cars, assert his right to a lane, and gracefully somersault onto the grass if ever a driver looked but didn’t see him. He published these tips in his 1976 book Effective Cycling, with some good intentions, but also a hint of male pride. By the way he opposed the Dutch-modeled cycle tracks he feared would spread to the US, you could be forgiven for thinking his secret fear was being made to ride beside women and…

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Firsts

A few first today:

  • 23 miles ride. First time I rode over 20 miles. Not as exhausting as I anticipated but my legs were pretty shot for the last 6 miles. Still managed to maintain an average of 16 mph though.
  • New road tires (Continental Grand Prix 4000S) are a success! Less rolling resistance but almost as compliant as the stock cycle-cross tires. Though I can no longer ride through loose gravels with impunity like before.
  • New base layer from Under Armour I wore under my short sleeves jersey. It kept me warm at the beginning of the ride in morning but didn’t make me overheat at the end when the temperature rose to low 20s with bright sun. This should keep me warm for my morning rides until a proper jacket is needed.

Making it my own

One of the great thing about owning a piece of sport equipment is customization, to make it uniquely mine. A bike offers many ways of customization and here are mine. Some of them are more customizing my riding experience vs. customizing the bike itself. (I haven’t included pictures of the mundane stuff like foot pump, spare tube, CO2 canister, tire repair kit, and saddle bag)

Currently I’m waiting for two more items to arrive; Camelbak Podium Big Chill Bottle and Serfas Fissure Jersey.

Things that are on my shopping list in the future; road tires, better saddle, and winter clothing.

Name sticker with country flag

Name sticker with country flag

Bontrager water bottle cage

Bontrager water bottle cage

Topeak iPhone mount on stem

Topeak iPhone mount on stem

Topeak Ride Case II iPhone 5 mount

Topeak Ride Case II iPhone 5 mount

Pearl iZUMi Men's X-Alp Seek IV Cycling Shoe

Pearl iZUMi Men’s X-Alp Seek IV Cycling Shoe

Shimano PD-M520L pedals

Shimano PD-M520L pedals

Heart Rate Monitor

Heart Rate Monitor

Wahoo Speed & Cadence sensor

Wahoo Speed & Cadence sensor

Blackburn front and back lights

Blackburn front and back lights

Giro gloves

Giro gloves

Bell XLV helmet

Bell XLV helmet

Oakley M-Frame with red iridium and black iridium lenses

Oakley M-Frame with red iridium and black iridium lenses