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Bike Shop

(06/29/22)

In this episode I considered and began an informal training schedule with my first rides lugging scoutig gear, and discovered how hard the hilly streets will impact my training. Meanwhile, I made a little progress in the shop...


The final toggle switch was installed on the battery box. Still looking for a local shop selling Anderson PowerPole connectors......


One immediate item needing an upgrade is my helmet, courtesy of the SF Bike Coalition. It's in good shape, no crash damage, but 7 years old. I checked the local non-bike stores and saw Bell helmets sold at Target - it's a brand name I know and some are on sale...


I picked up the Bell Sports Adrenaline helmet, which off the bat has more ventilation and fits fine. $20 on sale...


The more aerodynamic design is perfect for road cycling...


Nice touch, rear reflectors...


This is the DIY tent pole for my stealth camp camo tarp. It's designed to mount on the end of the 2 foot long handlebar and extend the tarp tent height to 2.5 feet...


A medium sized plastic bag folded and wound around the 6 inch long piece of 0.5 inch pvc pipe holds it in place. The two containers held non-cubed chicken-tomato flavored bullion; they're fine for fitting over the grip...


With the pole seated, it just needs a tennis ball to be complete...


A mock-up view of the stealth tent pole on the bike...


In the morning, just remove the pipe, tuck in the plastic, screw down the lid and put it away in a front rack. The two containers are only duct taped for now...


A fresh tennis ball tops the handlebar tent pole...


The first ball's 'X' cut turned out crappy, so I used my exacto knife to cut a pipe-shaped hole with a snug fit...


On Flag Day I set out to the Embarcadero a little after 7AM and rode to and across the Golden Gate Bridge. On the ride back I stopped for a bit at Crissy Field. When I broke out an imitation granola bar two Brewer's Blackbirds came outta nowhere, walked right up, waiting for some crumbs (no, I didn't feed 'em,,,). Anyway, this Gull perched on a becalmed windmill looked nice...


Bridge selfie on a beautiful morning where bikes had lots of room with very few pedestrians...


The 10 miles of Embarcardero I rode out and back, from the Cupid's Bow sculpture to the bridge...


Ocean Beach selfie across from the Kennedy Pkwy corner of GG Park. This is from the 15th; the 2.5 hr ride didn't produce a Charley horse, but the rubbery legs were a little worse after a second straight day of cycling...


The first leg Google bike map from my crib to the county park. Almost 10 miles...


The first leg went a lot faster than I expected - I wound up on Carter St., walking the bike up the long incline of the mountain's base for what seemed like a couple miles...


Further on I walked past the Daly City - Brisbane border, just inside the official county park. I can't stealth here - no trees, and I'd be seen humping up that hill without knowing what else is up there...


This is along the Guadalupe Canyon Parkway before reaching the park entrance. I suspect a lot of the mountain is covered in scattered trees and chaparral with very little cover, and actual boondock-type areas are deep in the park and not suited for overnight camping. The county park charges a $6 vehicle fee on the honor system and there were daycampers there so I couldn't scope the area, but I ain't using an official entrance anyway. I decided to use Google Maps at home to look for a back door and rode back down to the starting poing of the second leg...


The second 10-mile leg took me from the foothills of the mountain up and over to the Lower Great Hwy, then to GG Park. After too short a break, I rode back through the Park, having to walk the bike a few times because I almost got another Charley horse on the weak inclines of King Dr. and Kennedy Pkway...


A Google terrain map of the city shows little pockets of somewhat flat streets in the Marina Dist., the Mission and the Sunset Dist...


A less hilly route to Crissey Field, also on Google Maps...


A southern route around Twin Peaks and Diamond Hts. to the ocean...


The SFMTA Recommended Bike Routes Map. I can use this and Google Maps to make a few long training routes...

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