Wednesday, May 3, 2023

Back in the Saddle

Bike Route
Tequesta/Jupiter, FL
May 2, 2023

 Chris and I rolled out the bikes for a morning ride yesterday. We have a base route that we go which has been about 15.6 miles. It tours through Tequesta, parts of Jupiter and stretches into Martin County. 

Yesterday, I added a roughly one-mile loop into the route. I am trying to increase our workout length and get Chris comfortable riding over 20-miles. I circled the new loop. Our ride takes us around two golf courses through the residential neighborhoods.

The first time I rode the new addition was yesterday. As can be seen, we ride a similar, but shorter, loop on the north side of the golf course. I usually try to preview routes before I take Chris on them, but I decided on the spur of the moment to add it yesterday because the ride was going very well. Unfortunately, there was an unusually large amount of truck traffic in the neighborhoods and one big truck surprised me causing me to stop quickly. I had a bit of trouble getting my shoes off the pedals which somehow caused my chain to come off the cassette. That was easily remedied except for the grease on my hands for the remainder of the ride. I guess I need to carry some wipes in my saddlebag. 

What is a cassette? Well, I learned a few weeks that cassette is what the cluster of cogs (gears?) is called on the rear wheel of a bike. Who knew? Check out the bike part diagram for more info on learning the names for parts of a bicycle. 

Yesterday was a special day for my biking experience. I have ridden over 2,000 miles since purchasing my bike during February 2022. Yay me! And I only have a few new scars to show for it!

-- Bob Doan, Tequesta, FL

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