I did a very flat 60 mile ride to San Jose yesterday with the commuter bike and a pannier. I didn’t want to spend the entire day on the bike, so I took BART from Hayward and started there.
I needed to repurpose my old iphone 3G and finally found a worthwhile use – GPS using the Trails Lite app. I created a route on mapmyride.com (yes, I used them despite their obtrusive ads), exported to .gpx and then loaded the .gpx file onto Trails Lite. I can’t tell if it’s the app or the jailbroken OS (which I had to do since I lost my old sim!) that’s unstable but it crashed maybe 8-10 times over the course of the 60 miles. GPS works reasonably well without a network and a compass. I do wish that the screen were easier to read while riding and the app would tell me when to expect my next turn and which road to turn onto. But, I guess that’s why there exist turn-by-turn navigation apps. The iphone was held on there with one of those gorillapod holders. It works decently well but it’s definitely not as secure as a clamp.
There was a lot of flat, straight riding. Some roads were heavily trafficked with fast-moving cars (but at least a decently wide bike lane) and others seemed a bit more industrial with few cars at all. In the residential areas, I saw tons of yard sales. It was a good day for a yard sale.
I spent quite a bit of time on Mission Boulevard. The Holiday Bowl has a pretty awesome sign. I wish it were still open so I could have checked it out.
I took a quick break in Milpitas in front of Yang Dental to have an orange. I don’t think I’d been to Milpitas before. There were a fair number of cyclists out on Milpitas blvd, probably either heading to or coming back from a ride in the hills.