After yesterday’s ditchbank and river ride, I went out this morning for a (mostly) road ride around the NMSU campus. I may or may not have done a loop of the pond in the grass for the express purpose of drawing a small penis in Strava. Rode the frontage road for awhile, all around campus, rode over the post office I still have a PO Box at for some reason, and then looped the interchange frontage roads back home.
I busied myself this afternoon tinkering with the bike more. Some additional adjustments on the saddle were made, and I paid a visit to the LBS to give them more money. I picked up a bottle cage and water bottle (because I somehow no longer owned one that fits in standard cage, and I ain’t going to a big box store for any reason right now). In the spirit of lightness, I went for a hollow aluminum tube one and used then my drill at home to mill out some unnecessary material in the base. The general idea here is so that I can leave the 3L Camelback at home for shorter rides.
In the spirit of safety third (and also “please don’t hit me”), I also picked up a bright, flashy stroby light for the back of my brain bucket. I’ve got a set of lights on order for the bike itself, too.
Once the sun got to a less oppressive angle in the sky about 6:30 this evening, I went out for another road ride about an hour and a half long (didn’t take my phone with me, so no idea on the distance). T’was great fun with a couple of climbs and the correspondingly fun descents down in the drops, and my saddle adjustments had things feeling a lot better. One of the things I might be learning about myself out of this is that I might be a road biker. I’ve never previously done much beyond very occasionally riding a few miles to campus and back in my student days. However, I’ve also never before owned a bike that was really suitable for any road distance. I’m thinking picking the taller skinnier tire option on the model range was a good choice.