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A weekend of biking

August 2, 2009

Yesterday was our 8-year anniversary and it was a nice morning so we decided to bike to the Farmers Market downtown.  Of course when we got there I had forgotten the bike lock key at home so we had to turn around, go home and then go back again.  I thought it was quite amusing as I tend to not let stuff like that bother me.

We wandered around but didn’t buy anything other than a snack and then headed across the river.

One thing about me, I HATE bridges but of course we had to ride over one to get across the river.  The specific bridge we crossed over the the High Level Bridge.  I made it across with minimal stress which was a good thing for me.

We stopped off at Red Bike and I test rode the Rocky Mountain Sherpa 30 touring bike.  This was the 1st time we’d even been there and it was a very nice moderate sized shop.  All of the staff was really helpful so we’ll be shopping there again.  I was quite surprised that they let me test ride a 1600.00 bike without even holding a credit card or I.D. or something.

The bike itself was  great ride. I was worried that it wouldn’t support my weight as I am an Athena but I had no problems, well o.k. I did have one,  I’m not used to drop down handle bars and I’m not sure that I would keep them if I bought the bike next year.  I think I would have butterfly style ones installed.

I didn’t test ride the Pashley though so that will be when I go back and order my front basket and get a cycle computer.

This morning we wanted to get a ride in before the expected thunderstorms started so we once again biked from our house to across the river and then to our favorite organic grocery store. I wanted to see how long it would take us so we can start going every two weeks for groceries.  I’m happy to say it was about a 35 minute ride including small breaks for a drink.

I still love my bike and I wish Specialized made a touring bike (well maybe they do, I should check) because I’d probably buy one in a heartbeat.  I’m not really interested in Treks, Surly’s, or other brand and I certainly dont want to ship a R.E.I. tour bike up here to Canada.

We also need to start buying camping equipment and I need to make a run to M.E.C. tomorrow for a small handlebar bag.

I hope everyone has had a great weekend full of fun and lots of riding!

6 Comments leave one →
  1. kenneth hodgkins permalink
    August 2, 2009 2:23 pm

    enjoyed your blog visited from the Bike Forums

    • girlcanbike permalink*
      August 2, 2009 5:29 pm

      Thanks:) and thanks for stopping by

  2. Jim (Jimbo) permalink
    August 2, 2009 2:27 pm

    If you’re looking for a versatile bike, I’d strongly encourage you to look at a cyclocross bike. They are similar to road bikes and touring bikes, but have wider tires than a road bike and are made to take a beating. the perfect commuter for me. Mine is a TriCross Comp, by Specialized. I like the fact that although it does have the drop handlebars, it also has the second set of brake levers on top. I never use the drops.

    You can still go fairly fast on a nice road, but you can also go off-road if need be. They are light for when you’re going up a hill or have to carry it up stairs, and mine even has a flat top bar so it doesn’t cut into your shoulder if you pick it up that way. Make sure you get a bike that can handle fenders, racks, bags, etc.

    • girlcanbike permalink*
      August 2, 2009 5:30 pm

      Would they be good for touring too? TIA

  3. supramax permalink
    August 2, 2009 5:21 pm

    re bridge: Eat some raw ginger, the spherical size of a quarter, half an hour before you hit the bridge.
    Trust me. 🙂

    Specialized does make touring bikes, as far as I know.

    • girlcanbike permalink*
      August 2, 2009 5:29 pm

      I will try that and thanks. I will have to take a closer look at the Specialized site. I did see the Sequoia but wasn’t sure if that was their touring bike

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