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I got a new-to-me bike

I got yet another bike. :-)

It’s not as bad as it sounds. This summer, we cleaned house.1 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 year2 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 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.3

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.4 The sellers have a little more space in their garage. And Darth5 has a new home.6 Success!

I’m looking forward to riding Darth this weekend.


  1. Okay, just the garage. But that’s quite an accomplishment. ?
  2. And lunch rides, and weekend rides, and … ?
  3. 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?
  4. Less than a third of its price new for as-new condition. Seems good to me. YMMV. ?
  5. Still trying the name on for size, but it seems appropriate. I’m open to other suggestions. ;-) ?
  6. 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… :-) ?
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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.

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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!

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Someone you care about rides a bike

This great ad campaign was created by Bike Pittsburgh1 to encourage us to drive with care. They’re now working with People for Bikes to take it nationwide.

I like it!


  1. Credit: “Bike With Care” by Bike Pittsburgh. Used under Creative Commons license. 
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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, hopeful1 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 flat2 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…


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

My September Bicycling Accomplishments

  • Not much a month to write home about,1 as I biked only 144 miles. I biked that low mileage even though this is BTA Bike Commute Challenge month.2 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

Distance Time / Bike
144 Biked in September3
2,274 Biked in 20144
4,127 Biked on Sage5

How is your 2014 so far on the bike?

Keep pedaling!


  1. And yet, I will… ;-) 
  2. I just got razzed by one of my teammates for my pitiful performance. :-D 
  3. 4,196 – 4,052 
  4. 4,196 – 1,922 
  5. 4,196 + 75 
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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

Distance Time / Bike
462 Biked in August1
2,130 Biked in 20142
3,647 Biked in the last 12 months
4,127 Biked on Sage3

How is your 2014 so far on the bike?

Keep pedaling!


  1. 4,052 – 3,291 
  2. 4,052 – 1,922 
  3. 4,052 + 75 
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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. :-)

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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.1 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

Distance Time / Bike
299 Biked in July2
1,668 Biked in 20143
3,665 Biked on Sage4

How is your 2014 so far on the bike?

Keep pedaling!


  1. I bought a new rear wheel before. Bike N Hike treated me well then, too. :-) 
  2. 3,590 – 3,291 
  3. 3,590 – 1,922 
  4. 3,590 + 75 
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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.1


  1. 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.