Bicycle

Marin Headlands and Bicycle Mirrors

My intention was to make it to the ALC training ride to China Camp.  Last time I rode to China Camp  I under ate, got a sun burn and really burnt my eyes.  I was going to use today’s ride as an opportunity to have a more positive experience on the ride.

A couple of days ago I started feeling congested and I have been sneezing a lot.  I wasn’t feeling so hot, so I decided to wake up when my body wanted to.  This meant that I missed the group training ride.  This was good though, because it would allow me to get ready at my own pace and do some basic maintenance (lube my chain, fill tires, etc) before heading out.

I left my place at about 11:30am.  It was completely overcast and kind of sprinkling.  Before heading over the bridge, I headed to Sports Basement to pick up some snacks and a rear view mirror for my sunglasses.  I picked up the Third Eye bicycle mirror because it was pretty cheap and I’ve been considering this accessory for a long time.

I thought it might be useful when riding with big groups and on the Golden Gate Bridge.  I surveyed people about their thoughts and the number one reason why people put down mirrors was because they look dorky.  Of course they look dorky, but doesn’t all cycling gear kind of look dorky? (in a sexy way, of course!)  One person did think it could become dangerous to rely just on the mirror and not your other senses or turning your head to look for traffic.  All the other feedback was positive.  Everyone who was wearing a mirror loved it.

Lynn sent me a link to an article making a case for the glasses mounted mirror.  I was reminded of the time when an RV drove way to fast and close to me (an article Lynn wrote for Sierra Magazine ) and thought about how a mirror might have helped me feel more in control.

I decided to give it a chance.  I looked up some DIY examples and hoped to build my own.  I just didn’t get around to finding the supplies before making it to Sports Basement.

The 3rd Eye mirror was kind of hard to work with.  I had a hard time adjusting it to the place where I wanted to actually see.  The mirror was so close to my face it was hard to focus while paying attention to what was in front of me.  It did help me see a couple of cyclists that quickly gained on me and passed me on the bridge, but I was still startled by a few.

I’ll give it a few more tries but I’d also like to try the Messenger Mirror or make something similar to it.

Back to the subject.  I wanted to go for at least a 40 mile ride today but the sprinkling and my congestion was a little discouraging.  I decided to ride up to Hawk Hill and back.

When approaching Hawk Hill, I reached a road block.

So I decided to turn down McCullough and loop around through Bunker, Alexander and back on to the bridge.

(map)http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/ca/san-francisco/882127094171913246

I rode a little shy of 20 miles and wished I would have gotten in a longer ride today.  Looks like it will be pouring all day tomorrow .  I’m going to have to come up with some creative cross training!

Bicycle

Marin Headlands and Short Loop

Saturday morning, Lynn and I raced out to Rodeo Beach in the Marin Headlands to wave off her sister as she began to run the Golden Gate Headlands Marathon.  Once we were out there we decided to ride a short loop up Camino Alto and back over Alto Hill.  After that we rode back to Rodeo Beach to congratulate the runner.

She didn’t win the chicken purse but she got a shiny medal!

We then headed back to the city to retrace our steps another time.  We ended up riding about 53 miles with a 2871 ft ascent.

Check our our route here!

http://www.mapmyride.com/ride/united-states/ca/san-francisco/318127042434286471

Good times.