It really warmed up this week. The snow has been taking its sweet time melting though, so we stuck to the road. It was in the 60’s for Friday’s ride, and we even got to wear our shorts and knickers. Friday was my favorite ride of the week. Kristy, Sandie, Marcus, and I rode out to the Franktown Road turnoff in Washoe Valley and back. We had a tailwind from the south, so we were flying along at 26mph on the flats going out Old 395. We felt like Superheros! The headwind cut our speed in half for the return trip though, and we were lucky to keep a 13 mph pace. It was one of the best fitness rides of the year to date, and I had an exercise high going the rest of the work day.
Bicycle commuting has been been a lot of fun these days. It’s gone from a survival challenge to a fun, fast ride. I’ve shaved off a lot of time from my 20 minute January snow and ice commutes. In fact, Friday’s commute was probably the fastest on record at 8 minutes door to door. It was almost like cheating! Didn’t have to put a foot down once. With all the extra time, I’ll have to extend my rides a bit. If I can get out the front door in time that is…
If you’re still looking for a good reason to commute by bike, Crude Oil for April delivery rose to a record $102.64 a barrel this week. Prices are up 66 percent from a year ago!
I’ve seen a lot of great commuter bikes at the bike shops during recent visits. High quality machines at affordable prices. A bicycle purchase is easy to justify when you consider the cost of operating an automobile these days. A bicycle will pay for itself after missing just a few gas fill-ups. And not only is riding to work much more fun than driving, it’s a great way to squeeze some exercise into your busy schedule.
Bike Carson Logo
A Bike Carson logo is in the works. Scott (aka xd) and a friend are working on this project.
Jeff P and I have been working hard on planning May’s Bike Month. So far we’ve gotten some sponsors on board for a Bike to Work Week movie night, and free coffees for bike commuters on Bike to Work Day. Jeff P will also be taking one of the City Supervisors to work via tandem bicycle on Bike to Work Day! I’ll share more with you as we nail down some of the details.
Fueling up your bicycle engine can be delicious. Last night we went to the Pizza King in Moundhouse (near the turnoff to Virginia City) for some recovery food. The Pizza King, formerly Nick’s Pizza from the downtown area in the 90’s, has by far the best pizza (at a great price) in the area. The location is a bit awkward, but is worth the trip out there.