I found this part of the Summer Games a bit easier to complete- I tend towards more functional, lone-wolf cycling rather than social cycling. Here's a roundup of some of the things I've been up to lately...
Carry a load on your bike — groceries, etc.
This is somewhat standard procedure for me. For sake of the challenge, I took the Old Dutch Treat to Ikea and Target. It's a little over 6 miles each way-- about as far as I ever get from my house in Philly. It's kind of grueling with a load on such a heavy bike, but fortunately there are bike lanes the whole way. I made a loop around the city, starting with a long cruise along the Delaware river and ending on the Schuylkill River, where there's a lovely bike trail by the Art Museum and Fairmount Waterworks.
Today I went to the Post Office to pick up a GLORIOUS package that my mom sent me from Japan. I liked that it also functioned as a seat back. The thing I like best about hauling a load like this is that it's an excuse to ride really, really slow.
Decorate your bike
You can see from the pictures above that I'm missing a skirt guard. The clip that holds the guard to the rack came off a while ago, and eventually the skirt guard went rogue and came off too. Today I used one of my favorite office supplies- the binder clip- and some dental floss to help anchor the skirt guard to the rack. We'll see how long that lasts.
Next up... a very belated post about a bicycle test ride.