In San Diego for basically a one day meeting. Although it seems a bit crazy, I elected to bring a folding bike since I knew I had Saturday afternoon off. I rode downtown and back. Boy, the weather is nice out here.
This was the first trip with my Tikit, which has only been out of the box for about a week. UPDATE: I have posted an initial review of the Tikit.
Off to the races. After some unpleasant crossing of two major highways, I have this uphill climb headed south on Texas St. The Google bike directions were a bit strange on this part, suggesting that I walk the bike. It turns out that this is because of this steep hill. I biked (there is a bike lane) but I’m not in the shape that I once was, and so I had to stop partway up the hill (only about 90 m elevation gain).
I wanted to visit Brooklyn Cycles, which I had read about on the web. It is a cool little shop with some messenger and track bike memorabilia on display. Here is the owner, Richie Ditta.
He was very friendly, and it turns out that he lived in Toronto for a little while back in the nineties. If you look closely, you can see an urbane cyclist sticker on his truing stand.
There was a festival happening on Adams Ave, with music streaming out of bars and on several stages off the street. Lots of pedestrians and bikes around. Here is a nice little Nishiki with a 24″ front wheel.
Heading south on Florida St., I eventually got dumped near the intersection of a couple of highways. Here, the signed bike lane crosses a freeway on ramp. Cyclists are supposed to dismount at the shopping cart.
I’m trying out cyclemeter, which is an app that tracks mileage. Here is a map of my ride. Data roaming in the US is not cheap. This little ride, plus the occasional look up on Google Maps when I was lost cost me about 6 MB of data.
I forgot to turn on the tracking until partway through the ride (in fact when I took the picture of the signs here.
so you don’t see the initial climb. Florida St. is a gradual downhill, eventually leading to the south side of Balboa Park, and then I turned towards downtown and back north. The downhill segment on Texas is where you see a peak in my speed.
and did I mention that the weather is perfect out here?
UPDATE: this entry has been excerpted on the Bike Friday website.