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Ride: Sacramento work commute.

Mileage:  26.1 miles.

Time: 1:41 round trip.  About 15.5 mph average.

Weather: Warm (90 F on return) not much breeze.

Comments: Schedule has confounded me so I haven’t ridden in a while, so easy out.  Really pretty fast on the way back (max 20 mph, sustained 17-18 mph) even with the heat.  Minimal headwind on the causeway makes a big difference westbound.


Ride: Lake Solano out and back.

Mileage:  50.1 miles.

Time: 3:34 round trip.  About 14 mph average.

Weather: Warm not much breeze.

Comments: Long ride for me.  The Mrs. did the Stevenson Bridge out and back, so she was with me for part of the way.  Minor hills near Lake Solano were a bit tough at the end of long ride out.  Legs were running out of gas, but mostly sore butt and body aches and pains in the last 10 miles.  Still felt pretty good for a longest to date ride.

Ride: Work Commute

Mileage:  26 miles.

Time: 1:45 round trip.  About 15 mph average.

Weather: Cool and breezy.

Comments: Changeable breeze in the am and worse in the pm.  At times had a tail wind that wound me up to 18-19 mph for extended periods on the way out but prevailing headwinds almost all the way bag made it feel uphill the whole way.

Ride: Stevenson Bridge +

Mileage:  25.1 miles.

Time: A little over 2 hours.  11.9 mph average.

Weather: Hot (97F) and a bit muggy, no breeze.

Comments: Ended up being very hot despite the forecast of low 90s.  Coupled with no breeze and a bit muggy had the wife and I feeling too hot and crappy to really rock it.  Hit the shade a few times to cool off and rejuvenate.

Ride: Davis loop.

Mileage:  12.9 miles.

Time: About 50 min.  15.0 mph average.

Weather: Very warm start but cooled off as sun set (95 F ish) and not too much wind.

Comments: Was running late but wanted to get a ride in so I was pushing daylight.  I also wanted to do a faster midweek ride so I was able to accomplish both.  Some portions were quite fast 19-20 mph while a few others were kind of ped and bike trafficky.

Ride: Stevenson Bridge via South Davis/Putah Creek Parkway + a South Davis loop.

Mileage:  41 miles.

Time: About 3 hours.  13.4 mph average.  Probably 12ish on the bridge portion and more like 15-16 on the solo loop.

Weather: Mild temps (85 F ish) and not too much wind.

Comments: Wife and I rode out and back to the bridge.  Flatted just after the bridge.  Patch repair and back on our way.  I added on another 16ish mile loop through farms on the roads south of town.  Just starting to run out of gas as I near the 40 mile mark.

Ride: Home to the Amtrak Station.

Mileage:  About 6 miles, round trip.

Time: Didn’t really time it, but probably something like 10-15 minutes each way.

Weather: Warm temps (95 F ish) and not too much wind.

Comments: Rode my buddies wife’s bike with the kiddie seat and kiddie on board while he rode his soon-to-be-commuter.

Buddy was testing his new seat and timing his ride to the train station.  His work has a deal which gives him a substantial discount on Amtrak (which allows you to bring your bike) from Davis to Sacramento.  He’s planning on starting a bike/train/bike commute, so how could I avoid helping him suss it out?  He’ll probably have about 10 minutes on this end and maybe 15 on the other end, so that’s probably close to an hour of “free” exercise whenever he bike/train commutes.

As luck would have it, the Capitol Corridor train arrived just a few minutes after we arrived so he was able to check out the onboard storage facilities on the train as well as the station ticketing options/times.

Not to mention that said kiddie loves trains and enjoyed the show.  Wasn’t planning on riding anything today, but what the hey.  Time in the saddle and cleared some of the cobwebs.

Ride: Davis Loop + Stevenson Bridge Out and Back.  One lap with the Mrs., then out and back solo.

Mileage:  36 miles.

Time: 2:40 by the computer (13.4 mph avg).  First loop was probably 12-13 mph, out and back was probably more like 15 ish.  Definitely stayed between 15-17 mph for many portions of the ride.

Weather: Warm temps (95 F ish) and not too much wind.

Comments: Felt good.  Lazy first loop, pushed a bit but not hard on the out and back.  After the turn, cruised about 16-18mph for most of the return then started to run out of gas for the last few miles.

First extended ride on the new bike.  Amazing.  Its just hard to hold it back.  Very smooth ride.  Butt and arms starting to get tired at the end.

Ride: Work Commute.  Davis to Downtown Sacramento.

Mileage:  About 25 miles.

Time: About 50 minutes each way.  Second was about 50 minutes or about 14.5 mph avg.

Weather: Warm temps (92 F ish) and slight SW wind on the way back.

Comments: A little slow at the end after fighting the wind and heat.  Rode the MTB/hybrid commuter.  Looking forward to trying out the new road bike.

Been mulling getting more seriously (back) into cycling and decided that a road bike (as opposed to my ATB/Utility/Hybrid/Commuter) would be a good idea.  I haven’t had a decent road bike in quite a few years, but all my recent riding has rekindled my interest.

After consulting with a few friends who were like minded souls but also more serious riders, they suggested something like a Specialized Allez or a mid range Trek.  Something comfortable, not too expensive but still a nice bike for some more serious riding.  They strongly suggested a carbon front fork at a minimum.

After looking at a bunch of models and reading lots of reviews, I started to be drawn toward the Specialized Roubaix.  Unfortunately, it was a bit out of my price range– especially the all carbon version.

I tried a few bikes and had a local specialized dealer fit me for a bike.  I tried a couple and a 54cm felt comfortable.  I was actually expecting something more like a 56, so I was a little surprised.

After I got home, I did some eBay surfing and lo and behold– a Specialized Roubaix Comp double (all carbon) in my size was at auction which was closing in about 24 hours.  The bidding was still very low, so i thought, well, the auction ends Sunday morning, so I’ll check in on it then and decide whether to bid on it then.

A number of friends have purchased nice bikes off of eBay and had nothing but good experiences, so I wasn’t particularly concerned about the transaction.  Long story short, I was able to sneak in at the end of the auction and get the bike for what was if not a a steal, at least a very good bargain.  All carbon goodness, and Shimano 105/Ultegra components.

I paid right away and the wonderful seller had the tracking number to me that night.  By Thursday, it had arrived.

Not a picture of the actual bike, but other than the bar tape, its identical.  What a ride.  I’ve got to get pedals and probably a new seat, but I’m looking forward to giving it a shakedown this weekend.

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