This afternoon I went for a ride with Sophie, my 1972 Peugeot UJ-10 bicycle. I haven’t ridden the Peugeot in a while so it was fun to go for a spin on the vintage road bike.
I like to record my bicycle rides with my GoPro and post to YouTube, but decided to leave those at home and just ride without the extra burden of the video camera. You would think that filming with the GoPro would be simply hitting the record button and just let it run, right? But actually, it causes me to think a lot about it when I am riding. For instance, “is the angle still okay? had the battery overheated and shut the camera down? do I need to change batteries?”. If GoPro cameras were reliable, then I’d have less stress about it, but they are pretty flaky.
Anyways, the only camera I had with me today was my iPhone, so I was just focused on the ride and seeing the sights. It was so fun! The Peugeot is a lot different than my other bicycles – it’s faster and a little more challenging to ride, especially over any gravel or dirt. I mostly kept to the hard surfaces, but there are a couple places where riding over gravel is necessary, and it got a little sketchy! Still, I enjoyed the whole ride.
I went for a ride on the local hike & bike trail, but had to turn back just a little ways in because last night’s heavy rains had caused a bit of flooding. I started riding in the water, but decided it wasn’t a good idea and turned back. Oh well. It was actually kind of fun!
If you check the video, you can skip ahead to about 15:15 to see the flooded trail.
Today the temperature was about 103°F / 39.4°C when I went out for a bicycle ride. It might be too hot for some, but I really wanted to get some exercise and didn’t feel like running was a good option, so I decided to go riding with Mango, my Kona Blast bicycle. She is super comfy, with an upright seating position, cushy handlebars, and granny gears so I can keep the effort on hills to a minimum.
I also wore my white helmet which has plenty of ventilation.😀
The ride was really fun, mainly because there were hardly any other people on the trail, which can get crowded on the weekends. But it was like a ghost town at mid-day, as people were taking shelter from the heat. I loved it!
The sky was amazing as well, with plenty of pretty clouds to look at, and they provided occasional respite from the sun.
All-in-all it was a great ride. The only bummer was that my Strava crapped out and didn’t record most of it. Oh well.
I finally decided to adjust the saddle on Sophie to be the correct angle (for me). I had set the saddle pretty much level for aesthetic reasons, but felt that comfort was now more important. So the nose is now tilted up like on my other bikes and it makes for much more pleasant riding. 😀