We’re down to the last 2 days for week 3 of Utilitaire 12 and I hadn’t done any riding at all. Deciding to have Neato Burrito for dinner was easy. I’m always up for burritos. Riding there is kind of a prerequisite. Otherwise, I can’t justify the calories. We didn’t eat our lunch until after 4pm, so I’m calling this dinner for the purposes of filling out the control card. Also, a friend turned me onto Strava yesterday, so this is my first use of that service. Here’s the ride map.
So far, Strava is pretty cool. The Android app uses the GPS to track the ride and then automagically uploads everything to their site. In the past I’ve used either a dedicated GPS device or the My Tracks app, and then fiddled around with uploading a GPX file to a service like Ride with GPS or Daily Mile. This Strava thing is much easier.
As usual, the Sloth’s brain is running on the slow side, and I forgot to take a photo at Neato Burrito. So I took one at home just before unloading the basket. There are two burritos and two sodas in that bag.
The bag is one of those semi-reusable 99¢ shopping bags from the local supermarket. I bought a few of these a couple years ago and they’re still holding together. They each have a stiff plastic insert on the bottom, which helps it stand up when it’s full. These things fit damn near perfectly in the bottom of my Wald basket. I generally fold it down, lay the cable and lock on top, and then cover the top of the basket with a bungee net. This setup is very handy, and ensures I can carry just about anything that fits in the basket.
Ooh! I have to rant about bags.
Grant Petersen thinks my bag makes me look like a hobo. My bag costs a buck and lasts at least 2 years. His is $60. I can get 120 years of cycling out mine for $60. Who knows how long his will last? I don’t care if someone steals mine, so I leave it on the bike all the time. The $60 bag might grow legs if I left it outside. Mine may make me look like a hobo, but his makes me look like I’m carrying a purse.