Rented a hybrid at Willy Bikes this afternoon (good experience) and headed out...I have to admit, there are a LOT of bike paths even just in the small area I rode. But it was a little confusing. I could have used some laminated mini-maps. I'd start out on a route and get sidetracked and head somewhere else so I just noodled around.
I hit the Capitol City trail (up to MM) came back, did the Wingra Creek path out to the Arboretum tooled around there, back to the bike shop. Around 20ish miles and only got wet on the return from the arboretum.
The only real confusing and tense bit was finding my way back to the shop. I got some directions that were basically correct which pointed me in the right direction...just ran out of bike path and had to hammer in traffic for a block or two until I could get back on and head the rest of the way in.
Three things I regret:
Not having a helmet (forgot to ask if they had any to go with the rental...jeeese! Did I feel nekkid!)
Not having riding shorts to wear under my civvies. (tighty whities aren't the most comfortable things for even moderate distance)
Renting the stupid Hybrid...with the front suspension and that annoying sprung seat post....the saddle kept wiggling back and forth while pedaling and maintaining but contact constantly (even when raising up to try to re-adjust my position) It all made for a very mushy and loose ride. Kind of like taking your grandmother's old Lincoln with bad shocks out for a drive.
The Scenery and cool temps more than made up for any irritation though.
When I come back again I'll bring my own bikes with me....then we'll have some Major fun!
Hey, I'm just this GUY...you know?
>>>Team Critical Mess<<< (You mean it's not SUPPOSE to hurt?)
My nice new Nashbar Touring Build AKA "The Flying Avocadooooooooo!"
1998(?) Trek 700 Multitrack
1995 Trek 1220 AKA "Jimi"
Older Non-suspension Specialized Hardrock