Category: Bicycling

  • I got a new-to-me bike

    I got a new-to-me bike

    I got yet another bike. :-)

    It’s not as bad as it sounds. This summer, we cleaned the house.1Okay, just the garage. But that’s quite an accomplishment. I got rid of a road bike that I haven’t used in decades. I no longer want to wear spandex and have distracted drivers speed by me too close on two-lane country roads. I also got rid of Sage, a bike I commuted to work twelve months of the year2And lunch rides, and weekend rides, and ? and probably rode more than 6,000 miles. The number of components Sage needed to be serviced and/or replaced to get back to proper running order exceeded her value. So I donated her to a local bike center that repairs and sells donated bikes. I hope she finds a nice, new home. She deserves it.

    I had only my mountain bike converted to a commuter bike with fenders, rack, and non-knobby tires. It’s still a great bike, just not as comfortable as I’d like. I’ll be keeping it.3This last weekend, Suzi, Jamison, and I rode a new section of bike path in the Gorge between Wyeth State Park and Starvation Creek Park. As that’s my new normal for biking, I figured I needed a bike to match. And I still need to post pictures from the ride/day. Posted!

    Searching Craigslist, I found an Electra Townie in great shape and not too far away. I put one of our new roof bike racks on the CRV then Suzi and I headed out to take a look.

    I got a great deal.4Less than a third of its price new for as-new condition. Seems good to me. YMMV. The sellers have a little more space in their garage. And Darth5Still trying the name on for size, but it seems appropriate. I’m open to other suggestions. ;-) has a new home.6And a new bell. Well, it’s new to him. Used to be on Sage. Perfect! Tonight he’ll get Sage’s mirror and I’ll be ordering a rack. Ah… :-) Success!

    I’m looking forward to riding Darth this weekend.

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      Okay, just the garage. But that’s quite an accomplishment.
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      And lunch rides, and weekend rides, and ?
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      This last weekend, Suzi, Jamison, and I rode a new section of bike path in the Gorge between Wyeth State Park and Starvation Creek Park. As that’s my new normal for biking, I figured I needed a bike to match. And I still need to post pictures from the ride/day. Posted!
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      Less than a third of its price new for as-new condition. Seems good to me. YMMV.
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      Still trying the name on for size, but it seems appropriate. I’m open to other suggestions. ;-)
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      And a new bell. Well, it’s new to him. Used to be on Sage. Perfect! Tonight he’ll get Sage’s mirror and I’ll be ordering a rack. Ah… :-)
  • Why is bike share safer than regular biking?

    A new study looks at why bike share is so much safer than regular biking. Surprisingly, a combination of inexperienced riders riding heavy bikes in urban areas without helmets (along with a few other factors) results in safety.

  • 5K!

    5K!

    Today I completed a 5K. No, not a 5-kilometer race, but 5,000 miles on my bike since my family gave it to me on Fathers’ Day 2013. Yeah, it’s hard for me to believe, too. :-)

    Ride on!

  • Someone you care about rides a bike

    Someone you care about rides a bike

    This great ad campaign was created by Bike Pittsburgh to encourage us to drive with care. They’re now working with People for Bikes to take it nationwide.

    I like it!

    Credit: “Bike With Care” by Bike Pittsburgh. Used under Creative Commons license.

  • Gray gutter goo

    Today’s morning commute went less well than planned.

    Rounding a gentle bend, I detected a squishy wiggle from the rear tire. After biking a short, hopeful1Denial isn’t only a river in Egypt. distance I stopped. Squeezing the rear tire confirmed my suspicions — I had a flat.

    And it was covered in gray gutter goo. Ugh!

    After fixing the flat2With only a patch, thank you very much. I had plenty of time to think of alliterative adjectives for that gross, greasy, grimy, gritty, gray gutter goo.

    Looks like it’s time to do some pre-winter bike maintenance, replacing my tires and brake pads, and cleaning my running gear. And time to refresh the wipes in my seat bag. Sunday is coming…

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      Denial isn’t only a river in Egypt.
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      With only a patch, thank you very much.
  • Biking recap for September 2014

    Biking recap for September 2014

    My September Bicycling Accomplishments

    • Not much a month to write home about,1And yet, I will… ;-) as I biked only 144 miles. I biked that low mileage even though this is BTA Bike Commute Challenge month.2I just got razzed by one of my teammates for my pitiful performance. :-D I got sick at the beginning of the month, working from home for much of a week and then I took a week’s vacation without my bike. That probably explains why my distance was about half what I would have expected.
    • I have biked 2,274 miles so far in 2014. At this rate, I will get 3,032 miles for the entire year. Assuming I don’t get sick or take more long vacations without a bike (not likely), I should hit 3,000 miles.
    • I didn’t even take many pictures on my bike rides in September. Here are the only two I took on a bike ride, one from this morning and the blood donation picture stretches the category:

    Mileage Summary

    DistanceTime / Bike
    144Biked in September34,196 – 4,052
    2,274Biked in 201444,196 – 1,922
    4,127Biked on Sage54,196 + 75

    How is your 2014 so far on the bike?

    Keep pedaling!

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      And yet, I will… ;-)
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      I just got razzed by one of my teammates for my pitiful performance. :-D
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      4,196 – 4,052
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      4,196 – 1,922
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      4,196 + 75
  • Biking Recap for August 2014

    Biking Recap for August 2014

    My August Bicycling Accomplishments

    • I biked all but four days in August, including biking every weekday to work.
    • I didn’t quite hit my monthly record, but 462 miles is within 9 miles of it. Close enough! ;-)
    • I hit 2,000 miles so far for the calendar year. At this rate, 3,000 miles for the calendar year should be quite doable.
    • I biked 3,647 miles in the past 12 months! Wow! Is that right? 4,052 – 407. I guess so. =:-o
    • I continued to take more pictures while on bike rides. Here are some of my favorites from August:

    Mileage Summary

    DistanceTime / Bike
    462Biked in August14,052 – 3,291
    2,130Biked in 201424,052 – 1,922
    3,647Biked in the last 12 months
    4,127Biked on Sage34,052 + 75

    How is your 2014 so far on the bike?

    Keep pedaling!

  • 2,000 Miles in 2014

    Another day, another bike ride. Today I biked my 2,000th miles so far this year. Last year it took me until December. At this rate, more than 3,000 miles is possible. :-)

  • Biking Recap for July 2014

    Biking Recap for July 2014

    My July Bicycling Accomplishments

    • This wasn’t much of an accomplishment for me, but another big thank-you to Hillsboro’s Bike N’ Hike. I broke two spokes on my rear wheel within the span of a fortnight. The second time I questioned whether it would make more sense to get a brand new wheel. Maybe mine had a bent rim that couldn’t be straightened without undue stress on a spoke or two. They suggested cutting out all the spokes and completely rebuilding the wheel instead of just replacing the single broken spoke. I was imagining the shop fee involved and asked whether it would be cheaper to just replace the wheel.1I bought a new rear wheel before. Bike N’ Hike treated me well then, too. :-) Of course not, was the reply. They weren’t going to charge me. When I pressed, they said I could show my appreciation with a six-pack of Henry’s. Thank you!

    Mileage Summary

    DistanceTime / Bike
    299Biked in July23,590 – 3,291
    1,668Biked in 201433,590 – 1,922
    3,665Biked on Sage43,590 + 75

    How is your 2014 so far on the bike?

    Keep pedaling!

  • Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things

    Why Bikes Make Smart People Say Dumb Things. A good discussion on why those who drive cars think those who ride bikes are scofflaws and some good arguments why we’re not. Money quote: “The likely conclusion is that people riding bikes don’t break more laws or fewer laws than when they drive cars, but they do break different laws.” Well worth a read, whether your drive or bike.1Yeah, this article is almost a month old (though I did tweet about it when it came out). I ran across it again today and felt it was worth sharing here.

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      Yeah, this article is almost a month old (though I did tweet about it when it came out). I ran across it again today and felt it was worth sharing here.

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