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City Sunday, an illustrated ride report.(31 posts)

City Sunday, an illustrated ride report.MB1
Nov 4, 2002 9:33 AM
Friday and Saturday we took a vacation day and rode a couple of centuries from Ashland Virginia; about 90 miles south of DC. We stayed in a really nice place and had great food (for prices much lower than we are accustomed to in DC) but we were bored with the riding.

The roads were fairly flat. There wasn't much too look at and it wasn't very different than where we had ridden the last couple of weeks. I think it was a case of me not wanting to tell Miss M that I was bored and her not wanting to tell me the same. Plus a little bit of big miles burnout.

Just another common country scene..
Nov 4, 2002 9:36 AM
The cure for the common ride. We both agreed we were ready for a change. One of our favorite things to do is a city adventure. Miss M has lived in DC for longer than she cares to remember, I moved here 3 years ago. It is a great place to ride.

After stopping at our favorite bagel bakery for breakfast we headed up to Bethesda.
Rock Creek Park.MB1
Nov 4, 2002 9:40 AM
It is sometimes hard to remember that you are right in the middle of the city while riding in Rock Creek Park.
Nice pic. Thanks for sharing. (nm)jtferraro
Nov 4, 2002 10:13 AM
The White HouseMB1
Nov 4, 2002 9:45 AM
After about 35 miles of riding we headed home to switch bikes and grab the locks. We are on a mission. We'll explore the city and get some culture. We rode right through the street hockey game in front of the White House.

Since it is has been closed to cars Pennsylvania Avenue in front of the White House is a great shortcut for cyclists on their way through the city.
Like the "ICEBIKE". (nm)jtferraro
Nov 4, 2002 10:12 AM
The Waterfront Freeway.MB1
Nov 4, 2002 9:47 AM
Traffic isn't bad in the city on Sunday although road work always adds an element of surprise where ever you are.
Safe enough (I hope).MB1
Nov 4, 2002 9:49 AM
2 U-Locks and 2 cables ought to suffice-even in South East DC.
Nov 4, 2002 9:52 AM
Yup, we are going to park the bikes and explore some of the cities culture scene. Well, they call it art..
Eastern Market.MB1
Nov 4, 2002 9:55 AM
Being cultured sure builds an appetite. We stopped at the Eastern Market for some dinner fixins before heading home.
The US Capital.MB1
Nov 4, 2002 9:58 AM
On the way home to dinner.
So you finally decided to give some side views of Miss M?Len J
Nov 4, 2002 12:05 PM
Great pictures As always.

I really miss riding with you guys.

Maybe after the first of the year.

You are a bad influence....MB1
Nov 4, 2002 1:13 PM
She was giving me a hard time all day long about the pictures I was taking, "Don't take any more from behind".

An artist is never appreciated.

BTW want to do our week long ride in July? We will tour the local battlefields. Should be fun with some easy milage options, bring the wife.
Keep me in mind.........Len J
Nov 4, 2002 2:19 PM
Let me know dates and I'll see if Ella can get off work. Her biggest hangup is going to be hills.......she has done none (remember where we live). But maybe by then.

Re the artist thing...... give her the camera and see what she takes.

If I get back on the bike around thanksgiving, I should be ready for a long ride around February. We'll see.

re: hillsJS Haiku Shop
Nov 5, 2002 6:04 AM
during the 6-gap i saw one of the few surest demonstrations of true love that i'll likely ever see during my time on this planet: guy suffering up the climbs, tethered to his wife/GF/SO on a bike immediately behind. sure, she was suffering too, but he was pulling her up the climbs (literally).

just a thought. :)
You don't know my wife!Len J
Nov 5, 2002 6:07 AM
Independant as hell & would be mortified to be seem being pulled up a hill.

I mentioned it to her last night & she was interested.

hmm...JS Haiku Shop
Nov 5, 2002 6:11 AM
how about a tether from her seatpost to your handlebar, then? kidding...

very intresting. ah, well...perhaps next year we'll share the same roads when i decide to get off my arse and make the drive from elvisville to DC. then, no tether needed. you pull the BOB trailer with beer cooler loaded with iced brews, and i'll not have a problem keeping up on the climbs.

Works for me.....Len J
Nov 5, 2002 7:38 AM
But I think I'd pay big time if she had to pull me up a hill.

If Memphis is Elvisville, what is DC.......?

No, wait there is moreMB1
Nov 4, 2002 10:01 AM
We like to take advantage of all the city has to offer. After a nice meal we headed out for more culture. Hope we are bright enough so the cars will see us.

Miss M reflected in my head and helmet lights.
Looks like Las Vegas! ;-) (nm)jtferraro
Nov 4, 2002 10:14 AM
what ankle strips? nmJS Haiku Shop
Nov 4, 2002 1:25 PM
Check out these reflective decalsTig
Nov 4, 2002 7:20 PM
I bought a set of helmet decals through their eBay store. Quality stuff.
Keep your reflectors low.MB1
Nov 5, 2002 4:31 AM
Yes, I will put more reflectors anywhere in an attempt to be seen by autos however....

Miss M does have reflective helmet strips and you can't see them. I believe that lower is better for reflectors since correctly aimed auto headlights have most of their beam pionting slightly down towards the road surface (high beams point higher). Hence the really wide ankle bands (I'll find out what brand they are and let everyone know) and reflective strip on the butt pack.

As far as being visible from the side the leg bands and reflective strips on the jacket work pretty well.

You can't see it in this picture since we only turn them on in traffic but we purchased some wonderful road bar-end plugs/blinkies from Nashbar. Combined with the rear mounted blinkie they really get your attention.

jandd tape (actually 3m reflective strips) work greatJS Haiku Shop
Nov 5, 2002 6:01 AM
put 'em all over the helmet and backs of my shoes (sidi genius 4s), plus on the bike, and had many positive comments during night rides from other cyclists. moderately expensive as a jandd product, but i might try to find them in the other hardware store in town (no luck at home depot). jandd (or 3m) also has sew-on reflective strips, but seems to be out of stock all the time.
E Street.MB1
Nov 4, 2002 10:03 AM
We were heading to the National Mall for a free concert. Oh look, there is the Washington Monument.
National Gallery of ArtMB1
Nov 4, 2002 10:06 AM
Every Sunday except in the summer there are free concerts in the National Gallery of Art. We were the height of fashion with our helmet lights and our shoes clicking on the marble floors. I thought we looked good in basic cycling black (guess we should have worn our furs too).
Lincoln Memorial.MB1
Nov 4, 2002 10:09 AM
Well enough is enough with this culture stuff. Refreshed and happy about riding again it was time to go home and get some sleep. One last cruise by the Lincoln Memorial and we called it a day.
Nov 4, 2002 10:16 AM
I vacationed in DC a few years ago, enjoyed it quite a bit.
Thanks for bringing back some memories of it.
re: City Sunday, an illustrated ride report.tmotz
Nov 4, 2002 11:34 AM
The pics were great,culture are biking go well together.
What gives?tronracer
Nov 4, 2002 7:56 PM
All your action shots are clear as a bell and then the art museum is blurry? Nice shots though, seriously! What camera are you using and how do you manage to take the pic while riding? Small digicam?
It was dark, I couldn't use the flash and I was slipping on the marble floor.MB1
Nov 5, 2002 4:55 AM
Photos aren't allowed in the building.

I carry the camera (a Canon PowerShot S300-but the camera is not important) in a small camera bag with a velcro closure that fits on the belt of my waist pack. I just reach down slip my hand through the wrist loop of the camera and pull it out.

You may have noticed that I never have any high speed riding photos and rarely any photos of group riding. I am pretty comfortable shooting pic while riding but I always remember "Safety First".