New bike!

I’ve been out and about running all spring and summer, but I’ve lamented that I can only go so far on foot on this great trail system we have. So I bought a bike on Friday.

I had checked The Hub (the Minnehaha location) and also Sunrise Cyclery last weekend and they didn’t have anything that was both the right size and that I could afford. I ended up grabbing one off Craigslist, and then took it over to The Hub to have it checked out (and it was mostly fine).

I took it out for its inaugural ride yesterday. We started at Minnehaha Park, followed the parkway over towards Lake Harriet, up past Lake Calhoun, into Uptown, out the Greenway to Hiawatha, north towards Franklin, west to West River Road, and then back down to where we started. Or something like that. I was mostly just following my friend. We did about 20 miles or so, all told.

It was fantastic! A great day for a ride. Warm enough that you didn’t have to wear a lot, but breezy enough to keep you dry. It was great exercise (biking works all the muscle groups complementary to those that running works). The only thing that’s protesting is my bum. You know the bottom end of your hip bones that sit right on the seat? Those. Owie.

But I’m super excited about my new toy and intend to use it as much as I can before the weather gets too yucky. I have all these grand ideas about running errands and saving myself some gas. I also have all these grand ideas about gear and accessories which seem to be negating my projected gasoline cost savings.

So now I need to know where the best places to bike are. Where do you like to ride?

3 Comments so far

  1. Dave (unregistered) on August 29th, 2005 @ 10:12 am

    There is a nice trail along west river road that goes all the way to Minnehaha Falls and continues to Fort Snelling / Lake Snelling. Here’s a trace of my route.

  2. JasonT (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 8:38 am

    I really like the trail out west to Lake Minnetonka along the 29th St Greenway, then on through Hopkins and continuing westwards. It’s mostly flat with a few rollers, and even a Dairy Queen along the way.

  3. Erica (unregistered) on August 30th, 2005 @ 7:40 pm

    JasonT, I’ve been meaning to try that route, but I haven’t gone that way yet. I live right by where the Greenway hooks up with that southwestward trail, but I’ve never ventured in that direction past Wooddale on foot.

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