If you haven’t noticed, many (most?) bicyclists wear cute/fancy biking gloves that have holes where the fingers stick out, so that you can feel/grip the brakes and shifters better, like this:
or, if you’re feeling particularly retro:
As you can imagine, this gives you some interesting tan lines. I find myself to be particularly proud of my biking glove tan lines.
But, that’s not really why I decided to write this post. So, why this post? Well, over the last few weeks, I’ve noticed a strange propensity for different types of gloves to show up at different spots along my regular routes. And here’s the key question – these gloves mark my route somewhat like a dog marks its’ favorite bushes. Are these gloves marking territory? I’ve seen heavy welders gloves marking the areas along foothill where PG&E is putting in new gas lines (aftermath of the big explosion ?two? years back). Along the 85 corridor, where they’ve been doing various road upgrades for a couple years now, there are workers gloves at two different places. No big deal, but a solo glove on the ground is such a strange object to encounter when out riding.
Plus, I get bonus points for using propensity in a sentence.
I’ve been pondering this for quite a while now… and with the nights already growing a bit shorter I’m getting closer to taking the plunge.
Originally, it seemed like too long of a ride, but now the 25 mile default round trip is a bit on the short side of what I can easily do.
12.5-ish miles in, so if I push it I can make the ride in 30 minutes. 40 without pushing too hard. Shower at work, save about 1/2 gallon of gas, feel great about myself all day. Take the long way home (or not), so 25-30 miles round trip. Save 40-ish minutes of commuting time, and arrive home done with riding for the day, giving me more evening time and allowing me to stay out on the road at least to the end of day-light-savings time.
I’m going to check out the shower facilities in building 2 today. The idea is that Monday is commute number 1.
Yep, tomorrow is the second annual International Steve Day. A great day of cycling and festive eating and perhaps some drinking of adult beverages as well.
Be sure to look up your favorite Steve(s) and tell them how important they are to you.
Don’t have a favorite Steve? Unthinkable as that may be, I’m available for the position as needed.
I myself will be participating in the first annual Tour-de-Steve, a 55 mile romp through the coast hills of the south bay. This years course features a scenic climb of Mt. Eden, a climb of Black Mountain, and then the more challenging climb of Old La Honda Road, followed by the scintillating decent of Hwy. 84 into the scenic town of Woodside. The post ride meal is probably going to be ‘pancake pie’.