Bikepacking Setup Revisited

Bikepacking Setup Revisited

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Tailfin AeroPack X (framemounted version)

Tailfin AeroPack X (framemounted version)

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Three Different Bikepacking Setups

Three Different Bikepacking Setups

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Bikepacking: Handlebar Rolls vs Saddlebags

Bikepacking: Handlebar Rolls vs Saddlebags

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Bikepacking Overnighter Packing Tips

Bikepacking Overnighter Packing Tips

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October Has Arrived

October Has Arrived

This time of year I am usually winding down from being active as a cyclist for most of the previous months in the year. Not this year, though. I did very little bike riding. But whether I work out during the year, or not, I typically start thinking about my plans for the coming year right about now.

Do I want to be active with RUSA in the coming year? Probably not. Do I want to ride my bike regularly again in the coming year? I think so. But how much will I ride? Probably 2 or 3 times per week. This should give me ample time to get back into swimming and running.

So what is the game plan? Rides in January and February will probably be on an indoor trainer. No need to go outside in the cold. The swimming will most definitely be done indoors at my fitness club, as will the runs on a treadmill. I expect the swims will be somewhere around a mile each. And the treadmill activities will last 25 minutes each: 10 minute warmup, 10 minutes HIT, and 5 minutes warmdown. Probably should do 2 3-mile runs outside a week at this time, too. I can do the swims and the treadmill runs together when I go to the club.

In March start doing rides with Princeton Freewheelers (PFW). I only did one such ride this year. Hopefully I will take part in many B+ rides in 2021. Rarely do those rides go over 55 miles. And typically they last between 45 and 50 miles.

In March and beyond I don’t have any plans to bump my running activities up past 3 miles. Hopefully my speed will increase during the year.

Come July I will probably do a few 300k or 350k bike rides. See how my endurance is doing. If I feel OK doing that, then I might design a 1000k bike route in some state other than NJ. It would be a bikepacking trip of sorts that I’d like to do in early September.

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It’s Already September

It’s Already September

Gosh. The summer flew by. I didn’t do hardly any bike riding. My fitness club was locked shut because of the Covid-19 problem. And I didn’t make any trips over to the Jersey shore to enjoy a walk on a boardwalk because there were no sit-in restaurants open. I just have to have a nice meal after a boardwalk walk.

But there is hope for the future. My fitness club opens on September 8. I’ll be able to start swimming again as a result. And I’ll be able to start doing calisthenics in the therapy pool there. I’ve gotten quite stiff from lack of quality activity for the past 6 months. I’m definitely looking forward to getting back in the pool.

After a few weeks of doing aquatic workouts I suspect I’ll feel good enough to start doing treadmill and stairclimber workouts to get some endurance back. And if those go well, then I’ll start doing some intervals (running) outdoors on the Washington Rd hill in downtown Princeton. Of course, the Great Road hill from Princeton up to Princeton Day School provides a neat location to do intervals, too.

With regard to getting back into bike riding, I’m not really all that enthusiastic. I’ve lost motivation for long bike rides. And the shorter bike rides won’t be too much fun until Covid-19 restrictions on group riding are lifted. I suspect many of my riding buddies have lost their riding fitness, too. So why plan for group riding in the short term. Ultimately I’ll want to start riding again. But as of right now I don’t know when that will be.

I’ve been in my own little world for the past 6 months. Basically I work during the night and have slept during the day. I might have put short pants on three times all summer since I didn’t go out during the hot part of the day. And yes, I’ve put on a little weight. I suspect 5 to 10 pounds. That’s going to have to come off this Fall. And it will. I have no doubt about that.

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Metric Century Bike Ride with Mary F

Metric Century Bike Ride with Mary F

Definitely a long day for me today. I worked all night and went for a long hot bike ride after work. Totally exhausted at the end, then got 6 hours of sleep before heading back to work for another 8 hours of labor.

Met Mary F at the ice rink in Mercer County Park. We were going to do a modified version of our last ride together. However, I got bored with it and asked if I could further modify the ride during our ride. Mary agreed to let me modify the route on the fly. We hit an historic covered bridge in PA as a result. And also hit a few hills. I forgot to pack some sea salt. As a result, I overheated. And the end of the ride was tough for me.

Click on the map below to see the recorded ride that I have uploaded to RWGPS.

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Metric Century Bike Ride with Mary F

Metric Century Bike Ride with Mary F

Got in another 60+ mile bike ride today on the old CX bike. Met up with Mary F over at the ice rink in Mercer County Park. I designed the route which headed over to Pennington and then down to Washington Crossing Park before heading up the river to Bulls Island. Mary liked the ride except for the ending that took us over the Calhoun Street Bridge and through Trenton.

Click on the map below to see the recorded ride that has been uploaded to RWGPS.

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Saturday Morning Solo Ride: 21 miles

Saturday Morning Solo Ride: 21 miles

I figured out yesterday that it was time to start riding regular again. When I got up this morning I pulled the track bike out and installed two new tires on it. The tires that had been on it were shot. And I don’t like riding old tires that are prone to get flats. The gearing was still a 60-inch fixed. And it seemed to ride pretty much the way I remembered it. The temp outside was really nice when I departed for my ride at daybreak. Not too many cars on the roads. I passed only one or two cyclists, too. My pace was OK, but the ride was short. I’ve got some training to do to get back to a reasonable fitness level. But I was riding over 15 mph for most of the ride.

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