Tuesday, June 14, 2011

Snaps of the commute

The best part of my work day is my morning commute.

Thursday, June 9, 2011

Cluster swap

When force doesn't work...

Use more force.

Sunday, June 5, 2011

12-Speed Fixie

Randos Dean, Jerry, and I rode the RUSA Tar Heel 200K permanent yesterday.  Dean and I started before the crack o' dawn.  Jerry started at a more civilized hour.  He caught us a few miles from the turnaround, where we had a nice sit-down lunch at Subway.

For about three miles, I became "one with my bike".  My cluster and ratchet locked to the wheel.  I could shift, but it goosed me whenever I tried to coast.  Each time I forgot and started to coast, it took half a second for the lower chain to stretch the derailleur, and then WHAM.  My flat pedals flew out from under my feet, slammed around, and smacked cuts and bruises into the backs of my legs.  Luckily, it unfroze a few miles later.

The weather was spectacular.  Temps were not too hot, humidity was low, and winds were moderate.  It was probably the nicest day of this month, if not the summer.  Too bad Rando Skiff declined to sign up for a permanent with me, since the forecast at mid-week was much worse than reality.

Traffic was extremely light and polite.  Dogs were lively and energetic.

Behold the thumbnail photo shows a new genre of photography for cyclists.  See the photo album for details:  Photos

Friday, June 3, 2011

Interstate Bikeway I-40

Here's the happy family out for a ride on Interstate Bikeway I-40.

Actually it really is I-40, a few weeks before it opened to cars in 1986.  But wouldn't it be nice...

PS: At least I still have the same great fashion sense.