I’ve been doing a bit of training this week in Vancouver, during the final lead up to STP, and as usual I’ve seen many interesting things. Here are just a few of them:
I like this Sharpie edit of this bike button. I’ve seen it more than one place around town.
At UBC you can practice putting bikes on bus racks.
One of my first rides was back and forth to the north shore. Here is the multiuse path approaching the Lion’s Gate bridge.
My first time across the Lion’s Gate bridge. It gave me the heebie jeebies, whereas both the Burrard and the 2nd Narrows bridges did not. I think it is because it is easy to see through the fence to the side while riding.
I wimped out and did not climb any further up than just past HWY 1, along Skilift Rd.
I can see the UBC campus, where my ride started.
Going back south across the Burrard St. bridge, you can see that due to construction, lanes have been blocked off. Note that there is more road width devoted to just pedestrians and southbound cyclists than the single lane for car traffic in this direction. Safe to say that this would never happen in TO.
Another ride took my around town and then back to Granville Market. Here I am working my way around False Creek.
Preparation for the bike share system in Vancouver.
I have never heard of a Fiori kidback tandem. From this website, it seems very reasonably priced.
I can’t identify this nice bike, but from the seatstay, it looks like a DeKerf?
A Karate Monkey based e-bike.
Note that with the extensive bike route network here, it is easy to plot out a reasonably flat 38 km loop that is totally on signed, marked bike routes. Only a portion is on segregated bike lanes, but most of the route is on lightly travelled roads that have been traffic calmed.
Here, I’m being rewarded with a stroopwafel after my first lap.
I like this decoration at the intersection of the Ridgeway bikeway and Main St.
Here at the end of my last longish training ride, which was three laps of the 38 km loop.
- A) spare tube
- B) zip ties and tools including allen wrenches, presta adapter, multitool, patch kit, tire levers, scissors/plier tool, and 3Wrencho.
- C) a regular seat bag to carry all the tools.
- D) a light cable lock
- E) Brooks seat cover*
- F) rain cape*
- G) vest
*if I carry these, it won’t rain, will it?
All this fits with room to spare. Less than four days to go….