Sunday, March 24, 2013


This is becoming a regular feature - the weekend bike ride.  We are so lucky to have temperatures in the high 60's (well, at least by noon.  My hands were freezing at 9 and I was glad to have longish sleeves and a windbreaker.)

Today we rode from Pleasanton to Dublin to the local REI store.  About 10 miles round trip. There was a sale and we had our dividend to spend and Tom has been eager to get me into proper "technical" gear. Again I was thrilled to find that I could fit into the XL size.  (In advance of our trip, I checked out the sizing chart - REI was a bit generous on the measurements given for the XL size.)  The pants were very snug, but they snapped closed and I can bend and move in them.  Since this stuff is pretty expensive, better to have room to shrink than have to buy new in a few months.

I got a pair of bike pants - not the tight kind you see on most people.  These are a loose, casual capri style.  Also a new windbreaker that is light as a feather and two shirts.  One which was drastically reduced from the running department.  It has long sleeves which I can shorten to 3/4 length and one real biking jersey from the men's department. 

Is it me?
 The women's shirts have such short sleeves that I shied away from them.  The weight loss has left a lot of loose skin and my arms need to be covered - not a pretty sight.

I also needed a helmet.  The interior padding of my old one had deteriorated and just could not be fixed.  I am really happy with my new one as it has lots of vents and is very cool on my head - cool as in air can circulate.  Not cool like this one I tried on...

We had a nice ride through city streets and along the Iron Horse Trail.  We stopped for a Mexican food brunch and sat on the patio before we rode home. 


Jenn @ Juggling Life said...

A 10-mile bike ride! Wonderful. You look fantastic.

Gary's third pottery blog said...

LOVE that idea: bike over to REI and back for the sale! You know, this has been a very wintry March and it looks like the first in a while that I have NOT taken out my bike, because of SNOWsnowsnow.....

Jennifer (Jen on the Edge) said...

That t-shirt looks terrific on you!

L.L. Bean sells cycling shorts, crops, and pants like the ones you got from REI. I'm not sure about the pricing, but it's worth a look-see.

Karen (formerly kcinnova) said...

You are looking terrific -- and I think you have enough sass to pull off that helmet just fine. :)

Reading these posts makes me want to pull out my bike today.

Totally unrelated: I hope you post pictures of your mosaics!