Metal Bike Commuter


Tons of riding

Posted in Uncategorized by metaljaybird on June 29, 2009

My Specialized and I had a truly wonderful vacation (oh, and wife and kids too).  I rode down by the shore one day (this was with my father-inlaw’s hybrid), and had plenty of day trips around Denville, Rockaway, Morris Plains.  I even rode with a former co-worker, though I was trying to convince him to ride on the right side of the road, and not the sidewalk.  He drives a motorcycle, too so I was a little suprised.  He did ride safely on the quieter roads.

Of course, last day of vacation being yesterday, my last mile I scored a flat tire!  No repair kit, and I’m all out of spare tubes.  Nice!  That’s life.

Also, I wore bike shorts yesterday.  Pete the crazy cyclist would be proud.  Luckily, these are the kind with the extra layer, so I don’t show off my leg definition.  I’m taking these things in small steps, folks.  I’m sure some years down the road I’ll be shaving my legs like the rest of them, but for now, I’m sticking it  conservative style.  The bike shorts are very comfortable, though.

Funny thing, even though my inlaw’s bike is a hybrid, I felt like I was flying, when compared to my Specialized Hardrock.  Makes me wonder if I should just finally get an old steel road bike.  In fact, the guy down the street was selling an ancient steel bike for $50.00.  I don’t remember the name of the company, but it seemed Italian or French.  I know if I want to start getting some serious mileage, I will need a road or touring bike.

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  1. crazyguyonabikenj said,

    Bike shorts! Ha ha! Were they the spandex ones? I wear spandex for comfort reasons going back to my roadie/wannabe racer roots. I do shave my legs from time to time for a clean cut look and for antisipating an easier clean up if I get road rash. I also like touring shorts that look like normal shorts with a little padding. I think your butt will get used to your seat eventually no matter what you wear. I would rather have my Brooks saddle than any pair of shorts. Is there a naked bike ride coming up?

  2. metaljaybird said,

    I hope not, Pete! Queen sang a song about the famous ride in England.

    The shorts had two layers, spandex on the inside, and a normal layer on the outside.


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