Saturday, April 21, 2007

First big ride of the year!

First big ride of the year!
Originally uploaded by ahconway.
Today was the first really REALLY good biking day of the year. For the occasion, I fitted our new(ish) Bobike Maxi seat to the back of my Fahrrad T100. I'd taken the fittings off my Raven weeks ago, but putting them on the Fahrrad was pretty easy. It actually works much better on this bike for some reason... there's less clearance between the cargo rack and the seat, but there's also really no way for Gem to get her foot near the spinning wheel. That was one concern on the other bike, probably owing to the 26-inch wheels.

So we rode down to the bike path and went nearly all the way to Bedford before turning around and heading back. We had a nice picnic lunch in Lexington Center; we got a PB&J and a roast beef sandwich, and Gem ended up eating all the roast beef. We also got a couple home-baked cookies from Girl Scouts at Lexington Depot.

I couldn't have asked for a nicer day or a nicer outing (only having the rest of my girls along would have made it better). I was also really pleased with the new bike seat! Gem found it to be very comfortable, she kept her feet in the footrests, and she seemed to have plenty of space back there. The only trouble is that it leaves little room for cargo, so I may look into front low-riders, but a good bar bag is probably going to be the way to go.

I'll write more about the Maxi after we've ridden with it for a while.