Sunday, April 6, 2008

First ride of the year in shorts

Yesterday was the first time I could get out on the roads with the new bib shorts I bought. The glare off my white legs was almost blinding. I should have used instant tanner before I went out.

It was a little dicey in the morning and I was thinking that there would be no rides this weekend but the weather started to break in the afternoon. As the sun was shining the temperature was heading into the 60s so I knew I was going to be able to leave the thermal tights behind. In fact I went out in short sleeves as well.

There were lots of other riders out as well. I am not sure if there was a club ride out in Colts Neck (most of the Saturday organized rides leave between 8 am and 9 am) but there seemed to be a couple of large groups riding together. The club rides always seem to be going in the opposite direction that I am going. There was one guy riding a Felt F1 who I saw going the opposite direction as me. He then passed me again as I was waiting to make a left hand turn just before the Sea Bright Bridge.

Nothing new to write about the ride. It was the same one I ride almost ever Saturday or Sunday. Mapmyride lists the ride at about 44 miles but my computer clocks it at just under 47 miles. According to the elevation view on Mapmyride the longest climb of the route is the first climb I start as soon as I leave my development. Up Laurel Ave and then up Holland Road. I would have thought it was actually the climb back up Navesink River Road but it is not the case.

The bib shorts were a big improvement over the Cannondale shorts I used all last year. It took me a while to get my head around the idea that I should pay $100 plus for a pair of riding shorts. However, I can certaintly see the advantages. I am going to have to invest in a second pair now.

Things do not look too good for a ride today. The weather is not that great and unless it breaks soon my window of opportunity is going to close since I have a 7:20 PM flight to Richmond, VA today.

I have to start coming up with more interesting ideas to write about.


brettok said...

Pearl Izumi shorts are top quality.

At least your weather is on the improve, whereas ours is detiriorating.

Flametop59 said...

They are nice. The cheaper ones were either smalls or larges.

The good weather is still not here yet. The weekends are still hit and miss. In fact it was supposed to rain all day Saturday. Sunday was just cold and overcast.