Thursday, May 26, 2011

Fixed Gear Commuting Again

I probably could have ridden to work one or two days last week but my all weather fixed gear commuter is still on the disabled list and I really didn't feel like getting road stripe riding one of my other bikes. This morning however I was able to ride to work and it was fantastic. I am a chicken shit when it comes to running 23c tires on dirt roads so while I am riding the Lambert I have to ride into town first and then decide whether to go the long way (Rt 302), the hilly way (Castle Hill) or the new way (Currituck Rd).  While Currituck is straighter than Old Bethel Road and Pocono Rd the descents are like a roller coaster ride.  A video will be forthcoming I foresee.

Dame's Rocket (Hesperis matronalis)
Yeah, it's an invasive but I still like it!
The ride is was simply beautiful, 57 degrees with an expected high in the low 80s later in the day.  I was probably over dressed on the top half by a layer and I noticed that my commuting shoes are too soft for Crank Brother's Egg Beaters.  Still, riding the Lambert is such a joy and while 52:17t is pretty tall in these parts the Lambert is so light that it makes attacking any hill really fun to see how fast I can get up the hill.  The only thing that would make it perfect is if I didn't have to carry my laptop and to ride free of any bodily encumbrances.  I guess what I really need to do is go for a ride on this bike rather than commuting on it.

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