I hit 9000 miles on my road bike this morning, on my way into Patapsco State Park. I was on the service road on the Howard County side that leads from River Rd. to the Avalon day use area. I hit 8000 back on July 12, 2011, so it took around 8 months to log the latest 1000 miles. I think I’m logging miles faster on this bike than my other two, because I tend to take longer rides on the road bike than on the others, and my usage of it has been on the increase, relative to the other two, due to dry weather last summer and this past winter. I knew I was getting close to 9000, but I wasn’t expecting to hit it this week, because I didn’t think I’d be riding the road bike today. We were supposed to get rain overnight last night, and I was planning to switch to a different bike with fenders this morning. However, the rain never materialized, so I stuck with the road bike because all of my racks etc. were already on it.
Today marks my final ride before the switch to Daylight Saving Time. I shouldn’t have any more rides in the dark until November, so this weekend I’ll take my helmet-mounted lights off, which will lighten up my helmet. I remember the helmet feeling heavy when I first put them on in the fall, but I’ve long since gotten used to having them up there. Also, over the next week or so I’ll be taking the studded tires off the mountain bike, and switching from Power Grips back to SPD pedals. Nothing like spring. Next thing I know, I’ll be mowing the lawn and popping allergy drugs again.