Wednesday, March 24, 2010

Early Spring ride in Raleigh

Getting the bike out in the motel room in Raleigh.
Didn't rent a car for the week, took a taxi to the motel and rode to and from NC State for a class I was taking on the bike. 5 miles one way, not a bad ride. The first night we had a group dinner and had to ride 13 miles to the restaurant, so that was fun. Traffic was a little "close".
One of the instructors offered to throw the bike in his PU bed as he lived near the motel I was staying at. That was nice as it would have been another 12-14 miles to the motel after a big dinner and after the sun went down, again in traffic.

A co-worker from Atlanta. He drove up and brought his bike, as well. We found a small park close to our motels and rode it in the afternoon.

Sunrise one morning on the way to class.
Picked up a pair of these, Keen Commuters. Wanted to try them out some and the they seem pretty good.
Running some single track in the middle of the summer should be the real test.


nierman said...

Shite! And you were telling me to slow down... Let me know how the Keens work out because I've considered a sandal after riding w/Vlad on our Katy trip. They look comfy for gentle touring but probably need a bit more protection & support when on the rocky trail.

mark scotch said...

will do....I didn't toss out my regular mtb shoes just yet...I got a feeling they'll do fine for normal riding, but not tight enough for racing.
I used a pair of Keens last spring on my Canada canoe trip. We had some hellish portaging and they did great. 2 guys on the trip walked out of their footwear, glad they brought spares, but the Keens held up fine for me, so that's what pushed me to try these for biking.

will help to stay clipped in ;-)