I took advantage of the nice Sunday morning weather and got out for a roughly 35-mile bike ride. I found 6 geocaches along the way, which is the most I’ve found in a single outing this month. After last Sunday’s ride into Baltimore, I decided to head back to the familiar territory of Columbia, riding out towards the downtown area first, and then back across US 29 through Kings Contrivance and Huntington. I then crossed US 1 and headed home through Jessup and Hanover. This is a pretty good single-speed route. Columbia is generally pretty flat east of US 29, and the few steep hills are relatively short. Things don’t really start to get hilly until you get farther out west towards River Hill and Clarksville, or north into the Patapsco River Valley towards Ellicott City. Next weekend, I’m thinking about riding out to West Friendship, and I’ll definitely want a geared bike for that.
Today, I took an out-and-back trip from Bethany Beach to Isle of Wight Park near Ocean City, MD. It was the first of (hopefully) 2 or 3 rides at the shore this week. My round trip distance was just under 34 miles. I rode my Masi single speed bike, which is my favorite bike to ride in coastal areas, as the flat terrain makes multiple gears mostly unnecessary. It was a really nice day for July on the east coast, but traffic has really picked up along this route in the post-COVID years, particularly near the town of Bayard. Once I crossed the border into Maryland, the roads quieted down, and I was able to enjoy the ride a little bit more. My main reason for visiting Isle of Wight park was to find a “Cache Across Maryland” geocache, plus a bonus cache. I skipped a few other caches in the area because they were back in the woods, and I forgot to bring bug repellent, which is a necessity around here this time of year, unless you really like ticks and mosquito bites.
This was likely my longest ride of the week. The next time I get out, I’m planning on riding east to Frankford, which is about a 20-25 mile round trip. If I can get out a third time, I’ll either head north toward Holt’s Landing, or south to Fenwick Island.
It’s been a while since I’ve been inspired to write anything here, but I wanted to sneak a post in for April 2013, preserve my streak of blogging at least once a month. Twitter is largely to blame for my lack of blogging, as with my current schedule, it’s much easier to fire off a quick thought in 140 characters than it is to formulate several paragraphs.
I’ve burned through another rear rim on my road bike. I broke a spoke earlier this month, and upon removing it, I noticed that the rim was cracked in several places. So, off to the bike shop for a new rim and wheel rebuild. I blame the trashed rim on Baltimore County’s crappy back roads. I think I need to put some wider tires on this bike and ride at lower pressure. The problem is, I can’t fit fenders on this bike with anything larger than 23mm tires. Maybe I should lose the fenders and buy another bike that I can use in bad weather. You can never have too many bikes.
While the new wheel is on order, I pulled out my single speed bike, which I hadn’t ridden since last summer. I used to ride fixed gear all the time, until I threw my hip out spinning downhill, and then I gave it up. I flipped the rear wheel around to the freewheel side and have been riding the bike that way. When I first tried that a couple years ago, I hated it because the gearing was too low to pick up any speed going downhill. Now, I’m not as speed-obsessed as I was back then, and I don’t mind it as much. Sometimes it’d be nice to be able to build up a little speed in traffic, but it’s a fair trade-off in exchange for the simplicity and ease of maintenance of a single speed bike.
That’s all for now. Hopefully my next entry will come before May 31.