Good Weather to Ride Bicycles

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/3900 sec, ISO32
“Bicycle Sign” Cedar Park, 2022

It’s the beginning of May, and here in Central Texas, we’re having perfect riding weather. Today was sunny, with nice clouds, and a soft breeze. So of course I had to go ride my bicycle at lunchtime.

Sophie and I rode to the hike & bike trail and did our normal paved loop (with a tiny bit of gravel). We stopped at the skatepark to take a photo under the “No Bicycles” sign. When I would come here with my boys, there were often BMX bikers using the park alongside skateboarders, scooters, and the occasional inline skater. Everything seemed fine. But I guess something must have happened to prompt the sign being put up. Oh well.

Anyway, if you have time, please watch the video I made, or save it to your bookmarks and ride along with us on your stationary bike!

Bluebonnets on the Hike & Bike

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/1500 sec, ISO32
“Sophie & Bluebonnets” Austin, 2022

A lunchtime ride to the nearby hike & bike trail was made special by a bluebonnet explosion! This year is actually not the best because of rain conditions, but there were some really nice patches of color. And they matched Sophie’s paint nicely too. 😆

If you have a few minutes, why not come for a ride with us:

Morning and Evening Light

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/4.5, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Morning Light” Cedar Park, 2022

This morning a nice sunrise was casting a soft light over Sophie, and then in the evening, the sun gave the sky a colorful glow as it moved towards Asia.

Photo info: Apple iPhone 12 mini, 4.2mm, f/1.6, 1/120 sec, ISO100
“Evening Light” Cedar Park, 2022

Using the Jaws Flex Clamp Mount on the Peugeot

“Sophie Accessories” Cedar Park, 2022

At lunchtime today I went for a ride with Sophie to Brushy Creek Regional Trail. I wanted to try out the Jaws Flex Clamp Mount which I got a few months ago. I wasn’t really happy with the video I was getting when the GoPro was mounted directly to the handlebars. It tended to pan side-to-side quite a bit which didn’t look so good. So I thought that mounting the GoPro to the bicycle’s top-tube might give a smoother result, and I was right!

Even though the cables are in the way of the shot, I like the field of view much more. I enjoy watching POV bicycling videos where the handlebars are in the frame, which was a difficult angle to capture on the Peugeot. On my mountain bikes, my body is more upright, so I can wear the chest-mount and get the desired angle. But with my road bike, my body is leaning so far forward that when I use the chest mount, there’s too much of my arms in the frame.

The Jaws Flex Clamp Mount solves this problem, and now I can have smooth video with the field-of-view I like best. The clamp looks a bit silly on the bike, but when I am riding, it’s hard to tell it’s there.

Road Bikes are Fast

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/5.6, 1/600 sec, ISO320
“Sophie” Cedar Park, 2022

One thing that I appreciate every time I go out for a ride with Sophie (my Peugeot bicycle) is that road bikes are much faster than mountain bikes on the pavement. Of course that makes sense since the frames are generally lighter and the narrower, smoother tires that are inflated to a much higher pressure have less rolling-resistance, but I am still taken aback at how quickly Sophie accelerates and gets up to speed.

She’s 50-years-old and I am 53, so we’re no spring chickens, but it’s still fun to ride fast. Or maybe it just feels fast. At any rate, it’s a blast.