Here is some of the cycling gear I use. (Note: all products are Amazon Affiliate links to my Store–if your happen to purchase any you will help support Jen is Green!) I purchased all of my gear. Most of everything I happened to find on clearance or discount, even my hybrid bike was on sale.
Fuelbelt Fuel Box.
I needed something to keep my food and phone handy. I only have 1 bike jersey with rear pockets and sometimes its dirty when I want to go for a ride, so I needed something where I wasn’t constantly taking my pack off to get to my food. This does the trick. I can fit in my Honey Stingers and my phone, as well as my map! I got discounted for less than $10 on Active GearUp.
Vaude Off Road Bag.
Again, I wanted something bigger for longer rides to store my lunch in, along with my extra tube, first aid kit and my other stuff. This pack attaches to the back of the bike on the seat post which is nice since I didn’t have to install a rear rack. Another discounted find on Active.
Camelbak Mini Mule.
I got this camelbak when I first started long distance running back in 2010. I hate wearing it running, so now I just wear it biking! It doesn’t hold as much water as I’d like (50oz), but it does the trick as long as I have another water bottle handy.
Timbuk2 Light Bright Rear Seat Pack.
Another discounted find! I love Timbuk2’s gear–it is so durable! I have a laptop bag that I love, too. But this pack has a giant reflector on the back so that’s nice. It holds my essentials: my bike lock, multi-tool, and patch kit. It also has a holster for a cellphone.
Sigma Bike Speedometer.
This bike computer was a cheap find, around $13 on amazon. It’s not wireless so it had to be connected, and I just had the techs do it for me at the Downtube for about $11.
Topeak Peakini II Mini Pump.
Always good to have a pump with you. Mine attaches underneath the water bottle cage.
One of the BEST decisions I made was getting this bike mirror! I got it at EMS and Chris installed it–it is great, especially for commuting.
What are some of your favorite biking essentials?
Now that I’m officially training for my fall half marathon, I figured I’d start my weekly workout schedules again. I feel like they are a good way to re-cap my workouts and keep track of my miles.
Last week’s schedule
60 min body pump
3 mi run + 19 mi bike ride
2.8 mi run + 2 mile walk
7 mi run + 2 mi walk
20.5 mi bike ride
Saturday I went on another long run, which was supposed to be around 6 miles. I was just going to run for an hour, but the route I did was about 6.5 miles, so I added on another half mile to make it 7 miles. It felt great to be running long again, even if it was only 7 miles!
Sunday I met my friend Kristin for brunch at Indian Ladder Farms. We both biked there and my friend Brendan joined us!
I ordered a french toast with fresh local berries, and that hit the spot and provided fuel for my upcoming miles.
Then Brendan and I rode our bikes to my parents house, totaling a little over 20 miles for the day.
The view from the top of the hill on Old New Salem Road in New Salem.
Schedule for this week
Monday – Evening bike ride (~20 miles)
Tuesday – 30 min run / strength training
Wednesday – Rest
Thursday – 30 min run
Friday – TBD
Saturday – TBD
Sunday – 8 mile run
One of my favorite things to do as of late is go for a bike ride in the evening, around 6:30. I ride through the Town of New Scotland and my route has some beautiful views.
This is my favorite way to spend a late summer evening!
After searching my photos for food in July–I only found my quesadilla from Muddaddy Flats. To be honest, I was so busy this month that I didn’t spend a lot of time in the kitchen! Dinners have been cereal, eggs, and other quick things. New goal for August: spend more time in the kitchen cooking real meals…
July marked my return to running! And a whopping 15 miles were ran this month! That’s usually a low weekly mileage for me, but I have been taking it easy to make sure my PF doesn’t come back.
Most of my running has been on trails, like at Five Rivers, Peebles Island, Thacher and my new find, the trails at the Pine Bush.
And I’m still spending time on the bike, too, with 148 cycling miles. Wahoo!
I did some thrifting in July when my sister came to visit and I found some pretty great steals, like this tunic from banana republic.
Watchco also gave me this awesome fossil watch that I’m in love with to feature in one of these posts. It matches almost everything I own, too. Love it.
And here is another outfit I love, I got this dress on sale at Kohls back in the spring, and I love the pattern on it!
I decided to start reading the Game of Thrones series since I’m obsessed with the TV show, so this month I started Book 1, and its just as good as the show!
Well, I think this weekend went by way too fast, don’t you?
Saturday was Chris’ 30th Birthday. 🙂 It was also the same day as my cousin’s high school graduation party. It was a BLAST!
Saturday night we celebrated Chris’ birthday–we hung out with friends and had ice cream cake that I got from Kurver Kreme. Their ice cream cakes are amazing.
We had fun just hanging out and playing video games at our friends’ place. 🙂
Sunday Chris and I went out for a long bike ride.
I mapped out a route that went up to Thacher and around Berne, to make sure we got lots of hills in. Boy, did we ever. Its so hilly out there in the Helderbergs.
Also, did you know the name “Helderbergs” means clear mountains?
I’ll never get tired of these views!
Our ride took a long time, 5 hours to ride 57 miles. We took a bunch of breaks and stopped at some gas stations to get snacks, etc. but next time we’ll definitely plan ahead and stop someplace for lunch.
I’m not going to lie, riding 57 miles will intense hills and steep climbs is really tough. It has me questioning my ability to ride 75 miles in the Adirondacks. I really want to do it, but there is a part of me that really thinks I can’t, and that it will be just too hard. I’m not really sure what to do.
We got kind of lost out in Berne, since my internet doesn’t work on my phone way out there–and my directions were wrong, but we still found our way back to 443 which will take you back to Albany. 😉 Overall we had a tiring, but fun weekend.