Went on another fantastic ride today. I was originally planning on taking my first trip to Seneca Rocks of the year but I got sidetracked when LA Fitness called me for a job interview on Sunday. Well I guess that might have been a little (tiny bit) more important than going climbing. The good thing was that the interview was in the morning, leaving most of the rest of the day free. And I got the job :)
I have ridden close to 2,000 miles on my ‘06 Specialized Allez Comp without changing any parts of the drive train. I decided I didn’t want to have a chain break in the middle of a ride (99% of the time leads to total wipeout) and bought one from online. It is always cheaper to buy parts online as shops have a 500% markup. However since I couldn’t be bothered to change it myself (total PITA) I took it to Bike Doctor Crofton. Of course they told me yeah your old chain was done 500 miles ago and so is your cassette. I actually stopped there on the way to my bike ride! So with a new cassette and chain I headed over to Frederick. The new cassette cost me $90 at the shop. When I checked online tonight I found several places that have it for $59.
I love my new Garmin. It may be the best thing I bought in the past 4-5 years. I just plug into the website: Frederick Maryland, 40-60 miles, bike ride. And like magic I got a perfect ride in my GPS for an area that I have never been to.
The actual distance was a hair under 50 miles. It started with some serious hills in the first half. I know what goes up must come down. But for some reason there didn’t seem to be any down. Until I hit Catoctin Park. Then it seemed like I was flying.
I love the 50 mile distance. A nice half century. You can bust it out and still make it home in time for dinner. And you don’t even have to wake up early.