Tuesday, May 23, 2023

Return to the BWI Loop

 Patrick and I enjoyed a "boys night out" last evening and started by riding the BWI Loop again.

We worked hard, lowering our actual workout time from 55 minutes to 48 minutes to complete the 10.6 mile loop around the airport. That raised our average speed from 11.6 to 13.2 mph. 

That was a fun way to begin an evening together that then moved to his basement where we talked for a couple hours and enjoyed some adult beverages together. 

I am beginning to appreciate my Bikemap App more since its recent upgrade. The mapping is better and the stats are easier to access and are more complete. One of the upgrades added 10ths of a mile for distances over 10 miles. In the previous version once I pedaled over 10 miles, the app only showed miles and not miles and tenths. The app recorded the tenths, but did not display them. I generally ride using Bikemap and the Apple fitness bike app together. It has happened that one of them failed during the ride, like because I forgot to charge my watch or I hit a button and killed the Bikemap, and so I get a record of the ride regardless of my inattention to detail.

Before riding yesterday, I had to work on my rear brake. For some reason one of the disc pads had become loose and I was not getting braking power on the rear. That is a bad and dangerous thing since using the front brake only on hills could be hazardous. I stopped by a bike shop, but they could not see my bike until the 31st. So I did "Bob doing Bob things" and took a look at the brake myself. With the help of the internet, I was able to adjust the brake and fixed the issue in about 10 minutes--the hardest part being finding the correct sized Allen wrench.

Another day dawns.

-- Bob Doan, Odenton, MD

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