It was a great year of cycling. It was fueled in part by training for the Ride Studio Cafe's Highpoint Ride, an out and back (from 4 starting places) to the highest point in Massachusetts, Mount Greylock. The ride turned out to be a blast.
My road bike:
But the year started out well after I went out and bought a better lighting system for my bike: a Busch and Muller IQ CYO 60 lux headlight and Spanniga Pixeo taillight, all powered by a Shimano 3N80 dynamo hub on a wheel built up by Harris Cyclery. It gave me the chance to do a number of night rides and leave for morning rides well before sunrise, something that grew difficult last year with a battery powered light. All of those early and late rides gave me a nice base to start to do longer rides. I think the optimal ride is 50-60 miles and I managed 15 rides of at least 50 miles this year. I think the average mileage for a ride on my IF was 45 miles.
The lights also came in handy for commutes. With all of the bicycle/motor vehicle crashes, I wanted every chance to be seen. I had my lights on for most commutes, even at 8:30 on a sunny mid summer day. And I felt safer. In fact, I am now setting up my IF for generator lights. For now I will use the one wheel but it makes sense to not move lights between bikes.
A friend's wheel after contact with a concrete barrier, after being cut off with a right hook:
Experiencing how dirty a bike can get:
I did try to complete MG's coffeeneuring challenged but failed to get out of the house enough. Nevertheless, it was great fun trying and by virtue of the maps I made, MG made me the New England Regional Office for the challenge. Working with MG to make the maps was almost as much fun as the riding.
I have no specific goals for next year. I'd like to ride as much as this year but that is highly dependent on scheduling that I don't always control. The D2R2 was fun and at least a couple of my companions are interested in doing the Green River Ride again so I may do it again. Ride Studio Cafe may do a similar ride to the Highpoint Ride. I'd like to do it if possible. They planned and executed a great ride this year. Other than that, I'd like to commute more, even if just getting to the train by bike during the winter. I'm also interested in doing more 50-80 mile rides in western Massachusetts. I have done a lot of riding out there and have no shortage of ideas for routes. Hopefully I will find time to ride a few of them.
Lights on for safety: