Thursday, August 13, 2009

Biking to Red Rocks, beautiful hike

I biked down the Platte River Trail, picked up the Bear Creek Trail and took that into Morrison. Then I rode up the Mt Vernon Road to Matthew Winters Park. Once there I changed into my hiking boots and hiked the Morrison Slide trail.

Amazing Day. Then for a perfect ending I topped it off with a Strawberry Good Humor bar and a bottle of Squirt.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Winter Commute

this morning it was snowing and the temp was 20°F with the wind chill putting the temp at 10°F. The commute was a blast! I took the bike path most of the way because this is the first time I've ridden through snow on the roads. It wasn't icy so I didn't have to deal with that. The city of Denver was plowing the bike paths! Awesome.

My bike with the wide 32 tires performed wonderfully. My commuting clothes were plenty warm as well, except that my finger tips were starting to get cold. Also I really need to get sunglasses for biking, the wind and blowing snow was distracting. Squinting into the snow is a bad idea when winter biking.

What clothes did I have?
Starting at the top, I have a Novara under helmet skull cap that was warm enough, it covers my ears too, although, 15 minutes in, the bottoms of my ears were starting to get chilled.

Next, I wore my Marmot wind and water proof coat, a wool sweater, a thermal long sleeved shirt, and a t-shirt on my abdomen. I need to get a balaclava or a neck warmer, as my neck and chin were cold in the wind! But otherwise the 4 layers were plenty warm.

On my legs, I wore my Novara headwind bike pants and long underwear. They were plenty warm down to 10°! And then on my feet, wigwam wool socks and my hiking boots/shoes. No complaints there! Warm toes!

So what do I need to add for these cold days? balaclava or neck warmer... sunglasses... and glove liners, or warmer gloves. Awesome!

I'm a little leery of commuting home tonight after dark, I'll just having to keep reminding myself to take it real slow and easy. Last night I rode through Denver with Kyle and because we took an easy pace, I spotted a red fox cross the road in front of us. Which reminds me I used to occasionally see myself biking through traffic as a trickster fox riding amongst a pack of brutish hunting dogs. Go Foxes!

Also two other people here at work commuted in on bike through the first week day snowy commute! (would've been hard to live down had I taken the bus...)

Monday, November 3, 2008

Sunday Nov 2nd: Chatfield loop

40 miles

Same as yesterday, except alot windier. The wind dried me out, I did not drink enough water and felt a bit dehydrated at the end of the ride.

I ran into Mu Son, we talked for awhile.

The weather was amazing both Saturday and Sunday: in the mid-seventies. Even the wind on Sunday was a warm southern breeze.

plenty warm on Sunday in shorts and short sleeved bike jersey. On saturday, when the sun went behind clouds I was a bit chilled.

Saturday, November 1, 2008

Saturday Nov 1: Chatfield loop

40 miles

down the platte trail and up the steep hill to the top of the chatfield res. I rode down the hill, and then back up, then down again and pedalled home.

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Saturday Oct 18: Waterton Canyon


62 miles, 4 hours 24 minutes


Bighorn Sheep at Waterton Canyon

The distances:
3 miles from my house to Confluence Park
21 miles from Confluence to horse stable turn off at Chatfield
3 miles from horse stable to Waterton Canyon trail head
6 miles from Waterton trail head to Strontia Springs

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Sunday Oct 12: Platte River Trail

32 miles; 40 degrees

I rode down the platte trail again today, it was a bit cold. But fun. I made the same mistake today that I made yesterday. I layered a cotton t-shirt. It got soaked with sweat and then was cold and clammy, so I stopped and took it off and then I was much better. Its tricky layering in cold weather, because you are hot and sweaty underneath and cold on the top layer. So if you wear cotton underneath it gets hot and sweaty and then cold and clammy. I just might have to make a few more wool purchases.

Saturday, October 11, 2008

Saturday October 11th: Rainy Day Ride

25 miles
Bike and Rain

I rode around in the rain today. It was cold and rainy (around 42 degrees) but everyone in my house was practising music and I was starting to feel stir crazy, so I put on 4 layers on top, 2 layers on bottom and headed out on the road. I bought a pair of cold weather bike pants (Novara headwind pants) at REI's sale last week, they performed wonderfully. I just had those and a pair of long john bottoms and I didn't feel the cold or rain. On top I wore a raincoat and wool jersey (which I bought at New Belgiums' Tour de fat.

It was a fun ride, I enjoyed myself and other than a couple joggers, I had the bike trail to myself. Another tip of the hat to my new Miyata Six Ten. I've always been a bit hesitant to ride in the rain, but today was a sweet time, the 700x32 tires held the road wonderfully. And when I got home there was a warm bowl of Cream of butternut Squash soup waiting for me.
Rainy Bike Ride