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!
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…
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:
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!
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.