This is a shameless attempt to save the the most advanced civilization in
history from imminent self destruction by eliminating carbon emission,
dependence on foreign sources of fuel,obesity, hypertension and diabetes.
Cycling accomplishes all those things at once and helps us develop a better
understanding of ourselves, each other and our relationship to the cosmos.

Oh, horse puckey!
I like to ride bikes, have been doing it all my life.
The rest of that crap is just a fringe benefit,
and the blogosphere gives me a chance to share my interior
monologue with virtual rather than imaginary friends.

Sunday, June 6, 2021

The way home.

      As a "shakedown" trip to check out the gear, this was good one. Found no tears, no mold, the zippers on everything worked just like they should.  The ride home was uneventful, which is what I was hoping for.  I left fairly early and I swear I could feel the heat rising with every pedal stroke.  It's a gentle descent all the way to the river valley downtown and a brief climb on the other side.  
      The only challenge was the 15 -20 miles slogging away against a strong wind which ripped across the Gun Plain with a vengeance.  There was a bit more shade as I turned south from the wind and got closer to town.  A stop for some Gatorade and a breather along the KRVT and it was a pretty easy coast.  The 90 degree heat still took a lot but a dive in the pool fixed that.  Time for a pizza and beer!
 

Friday, June 4, 2021

S240

It's been a Covid and a half since I have taken a real live bike trip.   It's a comfortable 45 mile ride to the Deep Lake campground.   I get the gear out, air it out and make sure it's ready for another adventure this month.  Of course I like waking up in a room with a view. 

Wednesday, June 2, 2021

A Blue day after breaking my Brooks


      So, I managed to break a Brooks saddle.  I've been doing business with Rivendell for a long time and while perusing their website for a replacement saddle

                             
I realized they would not put this particular saddle color on their website for no reason.  
   This is probably it.  
It certainly compliments the blue they used on my Hillborne and their current A. Homer Hilson blue also.   I've run across several people traveling with the C17 models on touring bikes who have nothing but great things to say about them.  I have a C19 on my Brompton and am really happy with it.  They're not leather and time will tell if a synthetic Brooks is really as good as a pliable piece of leather under my butt.  Anybody who owns a couple Riv's knows there is value to aesthetics.  What the Hell!
      I have also managed to wear a hole in one spot of the leather wrap on the handle bars, so it made sense to take care of that while I was wrenching away.
      Rather than try to search for another (reasonably priced) leather wrap, I decided to coordinate further. Rather than remove the leather, I used it as a base to create a cushier feel and wrapped a layer of cloth tape over it, finished it off with two coats of clear shellac for waterproofing and make it easier to keep clean, 
Eh Voila!
I know, it's a whole lotta blue that doesn't really "match," but the sky has different shades of blue most days.  I'm kinda looking at my bike like a Monet, with everything light can do to shades of blue.  I know it's kinda lame, but that's how I'm rationalizing it.   Like Grant Peterson said, "...a rolling work of art that just could save the world."







 

Tuesday, May 25, 2021

You just can't keep things nice.

 You ever notice how stuff breaks when you use it?  It's really an annoyance.  You get a bike all set up the way you want, something goes wrong.  Sometimes it's a little thing, sometimes it's a big thing, sometimes it's all at once, or at least it seems to be.

The really little thing was a puncture but it shows how effective Flat Attack tubes can be.  I've been using them for about 5 years and have only had 3 flats on the road in that time.  What usually happens is (like other tubes)  you get a slight puncture, don't notice it, then the tire is almost flat the next morning.  With the Flat Attack tubes, putting more air in reveals the hole as the green goo comes bubbling out.  That's it, pump it up, give it a spin and it holds air again.  
     But then, I went out for a short ride to make sure the sealant got swished around properly and THIS Happened!


What the hell!  I've only been putting about 4-5,000 miles a year on it in the past 8!  How could this go wrong?  Well it did.  I was lucky to be within coasting range of a bar so I had a good place to think about it.  The bartender knew me as a notable eccentric and one of "those bike guys," she wasn't surprised that I asked for duct tape to go with my beer.  


They found some.  I was able to put it into place, hold the saddlebag and most importantly protect my bum in case of a mishap.  I couldn't sit on it on the way home, but at least I wouldn't end up with a seat post stuck in my rectum if anything went awry.  The tire held air quite well by the way.