I rode my mountain touring bike this time, but it had some Compass Bicycle tires instead of the Schwalbe Marathon Mondials I'd been riding with.
Since I did two centuries on this weekend, I'm going to be more terse than usual with these posts.
More after the break…
I started at about 06:00 since I got to sleep too late yesterday. Since these tires didn't have flat protection and I destroyed a tire with unprotected sidewalls on a previous ride, I decided to avoid downtown.
I had to stop for a restroom break on the waterfront and got an eyeful of the seawall replacement.
I cut back over to my normal route after I was past downtown.
The Compass 1.75" tires get me 3-5 MPH more cruising speed than the Marathon Mondials. Acceleration feels similar. pic.twitter.com/h96JoGfY5o— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
Bicycle Quarterly has an article about tire pressure, and I followed it to run these tires at 40 psi in front and 65 psi in back. I'd probably run it at 45 psi in front next time, though.
They roll very smoothly at the pressure BQ recommends, but steering feels a little sqishy.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
The tires also looked pretty sweet.
It's so hot that the 'travel' Proofide I've been carrying is leaking.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
I was going pretty fast on the Interurban Trail, and was dropping folks left and right. It was really the result of my hammering and the northerly tailwind, which would help out less later with my legs being so burned out.
Just clobbered a couple roadies while riding my mountain bike.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
I stopped in Sumner for a refreshment at the diner beside the local bike shop, as it was very hot out.
Due to the lack of flat protection, I decided to avoid the debris field that is SR 162, and took an alternate route south out of Sumner to the trail.
I ended up in Alderton, which I'd never seen before as the trail goes around it. It was a pretty sad place.
I also saw the work to replace the Puyallup River Bridge.
When I was just entering Orting on the trail, I received some good news!
LBS says my Double Cross's wheels are ready!— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
I decided to visit the Trailside Cyclery, since the guy there is so cool. He liked my bike, and I got to see his ride:
The guy here rides '79 Trek touring bike with mustache bars! (@ Trailside Cyclery in Orting, WA) https://t.co/ixNFp60c0h— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
While there, the owner gave me the idea of a different stem for my bike so it'd involve less leaning over (as though it's a road bike).
I got another refreshment at the strip mall on the trail just northwest of the bike shop, after trying to find the Orting Bakery. It was much less obvious when closed, as there weren't any crowds.
Heading back north was more difficult, as I was fighting the wind that pushed me down here. I was starting to get some pain in my big toes and the medial balls of my feet.
The sunny weather is nice because I don't have to worry about bundling up, but all the bright colors hurt my eyes, even with sunglasses.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
I took the West Valley Highway after passing through Sumner.
There were a bunch of bicycle detour signs in Pacific. I wonder if they're finally doing something about the trail there.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
When I got to the Interurban Trail, I stopped to wrap my big toes tightly with masking tape to try to reduce the foot pain.
And I got more water in Kent, even though nothing was open. Not even a Starbucks!
They weren't actually open, but were still willing to give me water. (@ Wild Wheat Bakery Cafe & Restaurant) https://t.co/l9TUN56VjY— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
The problem with sending a trail down the middle of on open valley is that if there are winds following the valley, bad times will be had.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
Sunscreen is a great way to collect dust on one's skin.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
Having a pretty hard time with this headwind.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 4, 2015
When I stopped to eat near South Park, a guy on a Surly Cross-check road by and have me a casual wave.
A guy riding a Surly Cross-checCross-check with North Road bars and a load similar to the one on my bike just went by. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 5, 2015
I wonder if my blood sugar is just shot.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 5, 2015
I finally gave up on finding a nice mocha and got some out of a gas station coffee fountain.
Trying a gas station mocha for sugar since nothing else is open.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 5, 2015
I wrapped my big toes with masking tape and it's helping. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 5, 2015
That was enough to push me home. Perhaps the combination of caffeine and sugar gets me going, despite how I eat more wholesome food all day on my rides. Maybe I'm just unable to digest it effectively due to the heavy exercise.
Throwing out my fear of riding through downtown, I crossed the Duwamish River at the First Avenue Bridge and continued along the road all the way to the 2nd Avenue cycletrack.
Traffic is light.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 5, 2015
The Starbucks in Kent was closed, but I see open ones in Seattle.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 5, 2015
I got home less than 13 hours after I left, which isn't absolutely terrible, especially considering the foot pain.
Pushed myself WAY too hard this morning, and now I'm paying for it.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 5, 2015