Back in the saddle…

Well, the hiatus is officially over. This past weekend I helped a good friend shop for his first road bike and got out for a 40 mile ride from Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito to Nicasio and back.

Saturday’s shopping expedition was primarily to Mike’s Bikes in SOMA. My carpool buddy has signed up to ride in the 2014 AIDS/LifeCycle and is in need of a road bike. We spent a few hours talking to a guy there about what bikes he should be looking at, and got a chance to take quite a few out for test rides.

Sunday, Justin and I took off for Mike’s Bikes in Sausalito, parked the car and headed out for a 40 mile ride to Nicasip and back. The weather started off cool and foggy, but wound up being absolutely wonderful by the time we made it to Nicasio for a quick rest stop at the general store.

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Bikes parked at our first rest stop in Fairfax, just outside Fat Angel Bakery…

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Justin, taking a water break…

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Panorama from the porch of the Nicasio General Store…

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Obligatory self portrait…

It was really great to get back out on the road. It wasn’t the same as a training ride, but it was a fantastic day – the extended break made for a really strong ride. Next weekend will include some of the same route, but will take us out to Pt. Reyes Station (and Bovine Bakery!).

I’m also trying to spend time at the Bike Kitchen here in the city, in an effort to get more comfortable with doing basic maintenance on my bike. More on that once I get a little more experience.

Hope you all have a fantastic week!