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September Bike challenge

Friday, September 06, 2013

This months challenge for Girls gone riding was to take a ride in a scenic place and post pictures. So I went to Kelleys Island in Lake erie with my roommate and two bikes. While we were biking around the island we encountered the tiny Kelleys Island airport, and as the sign shows road traffic must yield the right of way to airplanes crossing.

We biked around the primary state park on the island and up to the Glacial grooves

The actual grooves are pretty impressive, especially when you think of a giant chunk of ice carving this smooth beautiful place.

After we looked around the carvings we went back down into town for lunch. Then we went back to the far side of the island for a ride around the coast of the island back to the ferry. Using maps and the fitness calculator I think we did about 12 miles. It was a great casual ride, and we were on the island for 2 and a half hours including sitting down outside for lunch.

Was a good shakedown for the road bike, my roommate rode my hybrid bike. Bike gloves are more important on a road bike because you put more pressure on your hands and wrists riding in a more forward fashion. Chamis shorts also more important, though a more comfortable saddle is on order, I hope it works. I am totally used to the saddle on my hybrid and can ride an hour without discomfort, so now I need to get that comfortable on the new bike. I feel like I can go faster on this bike now and it is built to fly, I can't wait to start really training on it. I am going to put the road bike on the trainer once winter comes and the Hybrid is going to be for the days it is ok to go outside and I have cabin fever.

So far this summer I have put 200 miles on the hybrid, walked an official 5k (the color run in toledo with my roommate), and biked around the islands. It still amazes me that I started out doing 15-20 minutes on a fan driven exercise bike a couple years ago. Now I am riding outside for an hour or more, signed up for a supported bike tour next year in Niagara Falls, and walking a 5k in the morning just because I told my roommate I would do it with her.
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  • MISSG180
    Great pictures! I need to find a day to get out to the island and bike.
    1626 days ago
    Sounds like an awesome ride! I'll have to put Kelley's Island on my list of places to visit.

    As for seats I switched my saddle to one with a groove in the center--supposed be built for a woman's anatomy. It's pretty comfortable--at least until we hit hour 3 on the mountain bikes! emoticon
    1627 days ago
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