Another Saturday, another bike ride. This Saturday’s ride put last week’s to shame, distance-wise.
Once again, I started at our commuter garden in Kirkwood. From there, I headed east to pick up a bike-blog friend, Rebecca. We rode together to Clayton, and then rode in circles in a fancy subdivision trying to find a well-hidden (and rather poorly designed) pedestrian crossing over Forest Park Parkway. After more than a bit of wandering, we prevailed!
I rather imagine the residents of that neighborhood like keeping it a secret. Unfortunately, the design on the north end of the cut through was so poor as to make it rather useless when headed north.
We stopped to rest, sip smoothies, and chat at Kaldi’s. Afterward, we biked a bit further together, then parted ways. Rebecca tackled her hilly route home, and I headed out to do some ground-truthing for Saturday’s CyclingSavvy “Tour of St. Louis.”
On the way home, I stopped by Mesa Cycles to pick up some replacement helmet pads that Matthew ordered. I also bought a rear-mount kickstand for Baby Jake — it only took me five years to get a kickstand for this bike!Due to the placement of the rear shifting cable, I can’t use what I would call a traditional, bottom-mounted plate kickstand on Baby Jake. I’d looked at Greenfield Rear Mount Kickstand before, but it didn’t play nicely with the trailer hitch. But no more trailer means this kickstand is now a go!
Finally, after 21.6 miles, I ended up back at home, a pooped pup!
‘Twas probably good practice for this coming Saturday, when I’ll be riding about the same distance teaching the on-bike portions of CyclingSavvy (that distance includes biking to/from the start point). Having that kickstand will be especially useful when teaching! (If you’re in the StL area, we still have a few open seats for both the Wednesday night classroom session and the Saturday on-bike sessions.)
Sunday didn’t bring much rest, as I first biked to church in the morning, and then to a fundraiser for G’s [soon-to-be] preschool in the evening, racking up 15 more miles.
The Sunday evening ride with Matthew was a great way to wrap up the weekend, and my first chance to trial both my new kickstand and the new front headlight that Matthew got me for Christmas (obviously haven’t done much night biking lately!).