The first ride of the season. Overnight and in the morning more snow melted away. I did of course a couple rides in Florida when we were there in January for Rachel’s PPA conference but yesterday was the first ride of the season here in upstate New York. I wasn’t entirely sure of the weather and the condition of the roads so I took the mountain bike.
The first club ride is always the 14 mile zigzag in and around Ellison Park. On this first ride everybody is still very nice to everybody. We wait at stop signs and we wait for each other. This doesn’t last long. Another characteristic of a first ride is that many will have gotten new things during the winter break and it is time to show off and check out:
“Oh, Gary got the new thing-a-mabob!”
“How do you like your new thing-a-mabob?”
“I was thinking of getting the thing-a-mabob but instead I got the wasmathingie.”
It was the first time since mid-January on a bicycle. The Park Ave bike shop folk did good work on the mountain bike. The front derailleur worked very smoothly again and the braking was much better as well. I noticed that most were on their road bikes. I stayed reasonably well with the first group through the small hills in Ellison Park and Panorama Trail. The kind waiting for each other helped. On the flatter stretches after that couldn’t match the higher speeds.
Before the ride I was fiddling, arguing with my Garmin Edge cycling computer. It didn’t want to reset the distance and time from my last ride back to zero so this ride was starting at 18.6m instead. In the evening I made some changes to Bahamontes so that it would correct for it when loading ride data not starting at zero. Over the last few weeks I have made some more changes to Bahamontes; it becomes time to push out another release. Nothing major, largely user interface changes (improvements I hope) and some fixes. I am thinking about how to make more use of Java 3D and make the interaction with the ride data more three dimensional.