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I bought a bike when I moved to Seattle. This was my first time biking regularly since I was 8 years old with a pink bike. It's been a learning experience. I'm writing some about it.


Coffee Neuring 2015 number 7

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(This is a writeup for Coffeeneuring 2015. It started out in a google doc and is now moving here. The entries contain the actual date of the adventure. The writeup is 1. where I went 2. the date 3. what I drank 4. More detailed ride story 5. total mileage)

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  1. Zeitgeist Coffee near Century Link field
  2. November 8th
  3. Latte and Almond Croissant. A+ for both.
  4. It was actually not raining when I started out! I headed down Queen Anne Ave which has a bike lane. Gave up on the bike lane because a) It was all cracked b) covered in leaves c) Not wide enough. Biked over on Denny Way to 2nd Ave. Denny Way on the street is much better than Denny Way on the sidewalk. My route was basically straight down 2nd ave. It’s apparently taken me multiple rides to figure out there is an ever so slight incline in Belltown between Denny Way and Stewart Street. It’s not much but if you aren’t used to biking like I am it is noticeable. Solution: bike more. 2nd ave has a nice protected bike lane for almost all the way. This is great except for the part which is closed and covered for construction. After an incident in SLU, I refuse to bike under those things anymore. Zeitgeist has a bike rack right outside. Nice and empty. Pioneer square and international district are now on my “come back here and bike” TODO list. After coffee, I decided to experiment with taking Link transit back to Westlake. I knew it could be done theoretically but practicing and seeing how it works during low volume times are good. I couldn’t actually lift my bike up to get it on the hooks so I just kept it on the ground. It turns out taking the light rail was a good choice: it started downpouring right as I got on the train. It was still down pouring when I got off and I got soaked enough yesterday so I just took the bus back instead of experimenting with coming back through SLU. Great way to finish off the challenge.
  5. ~3 miles

Coffee Neuring 2015 number 6

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(This is a writeup for Coffeeneuring 2015. It started out in a google doc and is now moving here. The entries contain the actual date of the adventure. The writeup is 1. where I went 2. the date 3. what I drank 4. More detailed ride story 5. total mileage)

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  1. Starbucks in University Village (I tried to find another coffee shop but I kind of failed. Why doesn’t the Amazon bookstore have a coffee shop)
  2. November 7th
  3. Mocha and coffee cake
  4. This was borderline Type 2 fun. It would have been solidly type 2 fun had I not had long biking tights. Started out mid 50s and the temperature continued to drop. Lots of rain. I took the same route as #4 up to Fremont. I paused around there to give my arm a break. I think it’s getting stronger thanks to a little bit of home therapy and not keeping a death grip on the handle bars. Took the Burke-Gilman trail east towards University Village and UW. This is a really nice trail and I expect to ride it more in the future. I took a minor detour to look at the Gas Works Park (answer: it’s a park where there used to be some gas processing parts which are still there for show. It might make a nice place to go practice hills sometime) As I got towards UW, part of the trail was closed due to construction. This threw me for a loop literally and figuratively because I don’t know the area. Eventually made my way to University Village. I picked this spot because people wanted to know what the Amazon Bookstore is like (answer: it’s a bookstore that seems to be very targeted in what they are displaying and trying to sell). Ther are 3 starbucks in this mall and no local coffee shops that I could find. Plenty of bike racks available. By the time I was getting my coffee I was thoroughly wet, and cranky by the time I was waiting for the bus to bring me home. I either need to stop biking in the rain or get actual waterproof stuff. I’m optimistic about being able to do this better in the future as I bike more.
  5. ~6 miles (longest yet!)

Coffee Neuring 2015 number 5

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(This is a writeup for Coffeeneuring 2015. It started out in a google doc and is now moving here. The entries contain the actual date of the adventure. The writeup is 1. where I went 2. the date 3. what I drank 4. More detailed ride story 5. total mileage)

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  1. Cupcake Royale on Pine
  2. November 1st
  3. Mocha with whipped cream and a vanilla cupcake with coconut
  4. Not quite as amazing as yesterday but still nice. It was 50F as opposed to 60F and wow do those 10 degrees make a difference. I was a bit saddle sore when I first started but that fade very quickly. I’ll be glad when my long bike tights arrive (and when Christmas comes with some bike stuff...) Achievement: rode on the streets the entire time. Still not sure about doing it during busy traffic time but quiet weekend mornings are nice. Down Mercer, down Westlake, down Stewart. I think at least some of my hand problems are from having a death grip on the bike handle when going downhill on Mercer. I was also feeling really out of shape while riding down westlake which I didn’t feel at all yesterday. Different gears? Either way, an excuse to bike more to build up stamina. Nice empty bike rack outside. I also suspect most people don’t wander into cupcake shops in Downtown Seattle on cold November days so not too surprised. Other highlights: ducks and a very hungover Totoro at the bus stop. Happy day after halloween!
  5. 2 miles

Coffee Neuring 2015 number 3

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(This is a writeup for Coffeeneuring 2015. It started out in a google doc and is now moving here. The entries contain the actual date of the adventure. The writeup is 1. where I went 2. the date 3. what I drank 4. More detailed ride story 5. total mileage)

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  1. Row House Cafe (I thought about trying to do an all starbucks challenge because Seattle but I like this place too much)
  2. October 18th
  3. Small Mocha and brownie cookie thing with frosting in the middle. Waaaaay too much sugar but so delicious
  4. Some highs and lows.
    • Highs: Started out by biking straight towards downtown via 1st/3rd ave. This was a really nice ride down, the sidewalks weren’t too bad and I even rode in the street some. I think I’m getting more confident about riding in the street. Padded bike shorts helped a lot although I was still sore going out (I think taking most of this week and next week off might help). (most) of South Lake Union is really nice for biking minus some of the notes below. I biked all the way up the protected bike lane going under Aurora. Would have been better if I had more speed going into it I think. My path going home of cutting through Seattle Center is definitely a good one because it evens out some of the hills and the Seattle center is fun. I’m pleased I chose to bike back home instead of taking the bus back from Denny Way. I also saw another biker walking her bike some which made me feel better.
    • Lows: Denny Way is complete shite for biking. I’m not confident enough to bike in the street there yet and the sidewalks are garbage. That’s how I feel about most of downtown right now. The streets are also pretty unpaven in some places. I got turned around and found myself wanting to bike the wrong way down a street. I need to look at maps and plan out a better route. Got frustrated with the start/stop/getting lost and walked my bike quite a bit. SLU is alternately “Wow this is A+ biking” and “Where did this construction come from”. I also wish Westlake didn’t have street car tracks going in the right lane (might try the left). I fell down while trying to bike under construction BS. Never doing that again. Why doesn’t the row house cafe have bike racks!
    • Goals for next time
      • Practice doing hand signals.
      • I need to find somewhere I can practice taking my hands off my bike.
      • Research some routes.
      • Drink water/eat something before starting out.
    • 3.5 total with probably .5-1 mile of walking bike

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