Maps

My favorite map!

Maps are great.  They are colorful, informative, and hold endless possibilities.  They tell you where you are and offer up a cornucopia of routes to take you to your destination.

Sometimes I use my favorite map to maximize my trips via bike lanes for safety, other times the “devil may care” attitude takes hold and I just ride where I feel like…of course always following the rules of the road.

Today I didn’t use my map and I was rewarded when I rode off the beaten path.

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What’s In Your Bag?

I’ve always admired those people who are always well equipped to handle any conceivable situation that might pop up when one is out on a bike.  There’s always one in the group when you are out on a group ride.

They are the ones who carry in their bag a multi-tool kit that has various sized hex wrenches, spoke wrenches, and allen keys.  They have an air pump, spare tubes, patch kits, and a myriad of other bike tools that I don’t even know the names of.  If you need something on a ride, they have it.  Are you that person?

Me?  I am not that person.  This is my bag.

 

This is what’s in my bag.

 

I have my keys, wipes, neosporin, band aids, silk wallet from the dollar store, metro card, credit card, insurance card, expired license (for ID), cash, lip balm, hair tie, camera, phone, and tissues.  I don’t have any tools or gadgets that will get me through any bike repairs.

What I do carry that’ll help me in a biking situations is that little silver roll above my camera.

It’s a roll of reflective fabric.

No flash.

Flash!

Now that it gets dark so early this is the one piece of “bike tool” that I have used.  It’s long enough that I’ve used it as a “belt”at night, and voila, I have 360 degree visibility.  It’s rather low tech until I find something better.

So what’s in your bag???

Playdate

My Brompton had a playdate this weekend!  I went on an organized Brompton bike ride with over 20 other Brompton riders.  What a sight to behold!  A fleet of small wheeled folding bikes of multitude of colors whizzing through the streets of Manhattan on a perfect autumn afternoon.  We rode through different neighborhoods in Manhattan with various food stops along the way.  The plan was to ride, stop, eat, repeat, and repeat some more. We ate sandwiches with first names, imported candies and coffee, and cream puffs so fresh that they oozed with deliciousness.  What a great way to spend an afternoon!

One stop was Central Park where our bikes lined up for a group picture.

New York is great just about anytime of the year but there’s just something about Autumn in New York.  Cool and crisp…just the way I like it.

The weather was perfect and the leaves were in great vibrant colors.  Not to be outdone by nature, I do think these colorful Bromptons held their own.

There’s nothing like riding though Central Park…

and the streets of Manhattan…

on a bike.

Bike Shopping…Sort Of

I had a really fun day yesterday.  The weather was sunny and warm for November and it was a great day to go for a ride but I had to pick up a couple of things at Macy’s (The World’s Largest Store), so what’s a girl to do???  I rode my bike there!  Ok, riding in Central Park is one thing but to actually ride down Broadway during lunch time to go shopping is well…something else.  And you know what…it was actually manageable and dare I say “EXHILARATING”!!!  Protected bike lanes, lunch time crowds, fire trucks blaring, taxis everywhere, tourists everywhere, and me on my little bike going about my business.

The Broadway bike lane runs from 59th street to around 20th street, and Macy’s is at 34th street so I was able to take advantage of the bike lane all the way to the store.  The bike lane is pretty well paved and It was fairly easygoing except I had to be extra vigilant for the occasional pedestrian who doesn’t look and walks right into the bike lane mid-block (you know who you are), and tourists walking down the bike lane four abreast (what’s up with that?!?!).  I tried being very zen about it and made it to my destination with shopping in mind.

One thing good about having a folding bike is that I was able to fold it up and wheel it into Macy’s with me.  Sorry I don’t have a picture of that because I didn’t want to draw attention to the fact that “HEY, I just brought a bike into Macy’s!!!”.  You know what I mean.

Now where else can I go with my bike?