Meet the newest member of the bike family: the Dahon Mariner D7.
I bought this bike on Craigslist, and I couldn’t be happier. It’s a 7 speed, so I can ride up hills fairly easily. It has an aluminum frame, which means it’s light to carry. I also like the metallic look a lot. The rack and fenders come standard on this bike– perfect for commuting.
I’ve ridden a little over 40 miles on the bike now, mostly to and from the Metro station. I rode it once to work, then folded it up and carried on the train on the return. I shared a car with two full-sized bikes and a baby stroller, and noticed with smug satisfaction that my bike took up less space than any of them.
So, the idea is ride to work, then fold it up and take the train home. I just got the carry-on bag, so hopefully, I won’t be stopped by a Metro official. And with enough practice, folding and unfolding will become a breeze. I’ll report back after I’ve tried it a few times.
As always, I learn something from every ride I do. Here’s what I’ve learned from the Hoppy 100.
The Tricross works great for a century. Other than the usual soreness from long-distance riding, it felt perfectly comfortable. I might consider riding this instead of the road bike for brevets. If I do this, I need to get a trunk bag. I definitely need to get a better rear light bracket, as the light keeps falling off.
I also experimented with a non-residue electrolyte additive to my water in my Camelbak. The previous solution I used had citric acid in it, which caused me to have a really bad case of heartburn. This time, I used a solution without citric acid. The good news is that it did not cause me to have heartburn. The bad news is that I did get a muscle cramp in my left leg while on the W&OD trail. This may be because I didn’t use enough solution, or that I might have run out of water by that time. I need to experiment more with this.
I didn’t bonk once this trip. I think it had to do with the fact that I ate real food throughout. Beer is a major food group, isn’t it?! In any case, they were timed well enough for me, and I got some good rest between stretches of riding.
Other things to note:
–Remember the camera! I left it on the table and didn’t realize until I was already out the door. Luckily, others remembered. See Rootchopper’s photos here, and Porta-John’s here.
–Bring cash! I usually do this, but I was running late and didn’t have time to get some. White’s Ferry and the snack bar only take cash, as do young kids with lemonade stands on the trail!
–Strongly consider buying a GPS or (what?!) getting a smartphone. Yes, I do not have a smartphone because I am cheap. Thankfully, I was with more technologically plugged in people during the times we got lost, but I’m sure there will be a time when I’ll be by myself, and I will need to figure out where I am.
Keep on doing, keep on learning!
The pair of socks I wore said “One Gear, One Beer”- neither of these statements is true.
The lull is over. I went on a fun century ride yesterday– the Hoppy 100.
Porta-John gives a good account about how this ride came to be. It’s my fault– if you talk about beer and bicycling, I will think it’s a good idea. Luckily, John thought so too, and devised a great route that took us to some local breweries.