Antelope Valley cyclist
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Palmdale, California
Bikes: Lynskey, Brompton, Public
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Rode my Downtube for the 1st time today
I had to go to the bank to make my house payment and decided to take the Downtube rather than the Specialized Dolce. I'd asked before if they'd let me bring a bike inside and they'd said "no."
It is definitely fun to ride. I don't find the seat as comfortable as the seat on the Dolce, but that's a minor quibble.
The trip itself, though, was interesting. I'd decided to take side streets, since Ave P/Rancho Vista Boulevard is posted as 50 and 55 mph all the way to the mall and the outside lane is not wide. The problem is that in Palmdale, because all the subdivisions have been developed piecemeal, the side streets often don't connect or even go through. It was an adventure finding which streets went through and which ones took me around in circles.
When I got to the bank, I just folded the bike up, and went inside and dropped my house payment in the deposit box, and went out, simple as can-be.
On the ride back, I took a wrong turn again and went around in some more circles before finding the way out of the maze, back to Avenue P-8, which has just opened up all the way from 25th to 20th now that another new development is going in. Not much traffic yet because it's only been open for a few days.
I'm glad I bought the Downtube and plan to ride it again real soon to the library or the grocery store.