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Old 05-10-13, 06:49 PM   #1
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Maiden Voyage today!!

So a few days ago I posted about getting my bike and today since it was my day off I took her on her first run. Just to work and back as a test, but it was 16 miles and I loved every second of it!! Now I haven't ridden a bike seriously in probably 15 years, back when I was a wee tyke taking my old squareback to the calabasas park bike hills (if you're in San Jose you might know it) and trashing it around, and going home to get patched up by mom.

My one main concern how the bike would handle me, but I'm happy to say that is no longer an issue, it rode like a champ! I need to work on my shifting as there were a few inclines but I powered through, didn't put my feet down! (specially proud of that). My other concern was drivers and traffic for the mile I'm on main roads, but again, it was great. Even had some drivers stop at a non-light/intersection to let me cross at the yields!

Also got lots of friendly nods, and Hello's once I hit the bike trail! Just wanted to share my awesome first day. Not gunna lie, leaving the house I was nervous as heck, but I got over it real fast. If I can do it anyone can!

One funny thing that made my laugh.. coming back on the main road, I got a tad cut off by a car pulling into a parking lot.. there was still a lot of clearance and I saw him, but he didn't see me... anyway, there was a guy walking the other direction towards me and he laughed and was like.. "sorry, some people are effen blind"

Can't wait to do it again!
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Old 05-10-13, 06:53 PM   #2
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Can't wait to do it again!
The true test. Congrats. Looking forward to hearing about future adventures!
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Old 05-10-13, 07:29 PM   #3
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Congrats thats a very nice maiden voyage! Hope you continue to enjoy it, and remember the bad days are there only to allow you to enjoy the good days just that much more!
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Nice! I don't see any pictures, what's up with that?

If you're going to ride in traffic and want to be seen, here is my recommendation:

Front, set to blinky mode:

Rear, set to blinky mode:

I've actually had cars that were ABOUT to right hook me stop and let me through before turning. There are other lights that will do just as well, these just happen to be two that I have and use. I've found that most car drivers are pretty respectful towards cyclists if you aren't riding like a hipster and have a light or two on the bike. Of course, there are exceptions.

There's a new light that looks freaking awesome for a rear blinky called the niteflux Red Zone 8 but apparently their site isn't running yet. It looks like it will mount on the back of your helmet with no trouble and it looks cool too.
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