Some people have asked where I got the masks that they’ve seen me wear in my selfies from the bike. Most of those are Eliel Cycling Masks. These are great for my rides.
Quick notes on the Eliel: thin material, like jerseys. Great on rides and during runs. They come in 5 packs too.
The only downside that I can think of is that on my rides that are longer than 2 hours, they do tend to stretch a bit so when I’m on my way home on the bridge, the wind can sometimes blow the mask off my nose. This is likely my fault if I’m on a 2.5 hour+ ride because I pull the mask under my chin when I eat/drink more.
I also got two “Pandanas” recently from Pandana USA based in Boulder. I just got them so I’ve only worn one once on a ride but it worked really well.
I tried the Coolmax one on a 2 hour+ ride that was a mix of SF “summer” and real summer and I wound up keeping it on the whole time like I do with the Eliel masks. It was fine.
The ear hole things on the side helped too when I got back to the windy bridge, but I didn’t really need them.
I’ll try my non-coolmax one soon and report back. I highly recommend these so far.
FYI – We also have two from Rickshaw Bags in SF which we wear while doing less strenuous stuff.
Oh, and shout out to the Paceline Forum for the Pandana info. I found them via an older thread.
I recently tried a route I’d been scared to do previously. I had no problems, I didn’t cramp up, I took it easy and had fun. I’m not sure why I had waited so long to do it, other than being scared.
My fears come down to: cramping, getting stuck, flatting somewhere remote, running out of water (see cramping), worries I’ll slow friends down, etc.
But when it comes down to it, the worst that could happen (other than a wreck) would be:
Getting a cramp and having to sit down for 10 minutes
My friends may need to ride on and I’d catch up with them at a cafe or another day (aka getting dropped) – not that I’m riding with anyone right now
getting stuck and Senol having to come get me with the car
But all of the routes I’m freaked out about unnecessarily, I’ve done most of them or big parts of them. I’m ready to knock more off my list.
Hawk Hill (yes, an oldie but I used to be freaked out by this long ago)
Muir Woods to 1 – and back to Mill Valley via 1
4C down 1 to Muir Woods back to 4C
17th St up to Clarendon to Twin Peaks
Up Clipper to Twin Peaks
(strikethrough means I’ve done those rides)
Mentally I think my desired routes involve Highway 1 and wanting to explore out that way. And I’m scared of not being able to get back up to Panoramic or up out of Muir back to Mill Valley. But like I said- I’ve done all of the big routes or routes that connect to most of the “1 rides”. I just need to get over it and try them.
I like the idea behind Scoot, I really do. I even think about renting them every once in a while. But once a week I see someone doing jackass crap on them.
This past weekend Isaw two hipsters on Scoots trying to get on 101. C’mon, Scoots aren’t highway compatible. I know people don’t want to look up CA DMV laws, but it even says that on the Scoot FAQ (see below).
Today’s ONE GUY? Riding in the bike lane, then on the Presidio trail.
I get it- I know the spot is beautiful you can see the sunset, and take great pics.
But get off the damn scooter, leave it parked somewhere legally, then walk over to the bench. Don’t ride on the sidewalk, then the trail and then on the overlook.
Also, I’m old and ranty. And I’m sure I do stuff as a cyclist that annoys people. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯
Pulled footage from my Cycliq Fly6 for CQ on Dec 12. CQ is the rider behind me and we both (but 99% him) were honked at and almost cut off by a Lyft driver. I told CQ that I had a camera and he asked if I could pull it for him to see what had happened.
You can see and hear what happened with the video below. CQ keeps a MUCH more level-headed approach than I would have. I’m trying to be more zen on the bike, but I still want to slap mirrors*.
*I’ll try to find that old post or write a new one about being zen and mirror slapping