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This was the first time that I have participated in the Providence Bridge Pedal. This year they were expecting 20,000 registered bikers, and let me tell you, I think they nailed their mark.
Unfortunately, there was mass gridlock near many of the bridges. This meant that Doug (friend from work), myself, and thousands of other riders never made it across all 10 bridges.
One of the highlights of the day was when we were sitting amongst a few thousand riders waiting to get on the Ross Island Bridge when someone started "the wave", which quickly picked up steam and was pretty awesome to watch. It went back and forth across several city blocks 3 times!
After riding my mountain bike to work for 3 months, I was able to save enough money to get a nice road bike. I chose this one because it had all the things that I was looking for in a roadie; disc brakes for quick stops in the rain, 700cc tires for much needed speed, and flatbar handlebars for comfort. I feel like a kid in a candy store when I take this out on the road :-)