Archive for May, 2006

Sixty days with the bike

Monday, May 29th, 2006

In the last month, I’ve ridden the bus three times: To the sleep center and back for an overnight while the bike was in the shop for its 30-days check-up, and that night with the flat tire. The weather kept me from riding only one day: That Sunday when the wind was gusting over 40 […]

Memorial Day ride

Monday, May 29th, 2006

I felt great when I got up this morning. I’d planned to NOT ride today. I have plenty of chores around home and some work to crank out. But the weather is approaching summer temps and humidity and need some training in that. And looking out the kitchen door at the bike locked to the […]

Sunday ride

Sunday, May 28th, 2006

Dagnabbit! Either my memory failed or I didn’t carry a one when mentally calculating today’s distance. Adding a lap around the block would have put me over 30 miles on today’s ride. Instead, I can log only 29.15. Still, it’s my longest—and fastest—single ride ever, even if it did include a 20 minute stop to […]

Cyclometer trouble

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

I got distracted last night leaving from work, what with getting the raingear on while shooing the patrons out. When I got home I discovered I had the keys to the conference room and the boiler room in my pocket. Not really a problem since I had to go to the grocery store today anyway. […]

Winter to summer in a week

Saturday, May 27th, 2006

This past Sunday, is the first time I’ve skipped a ride on account of weather. It was in the low 40s, threatening rain, and windy. Gusts into the 40s, trees falling down, power out to 4,500 homes; it just wasn’t worth it. I missed it too. Later that night, it snowed. A few flakes, mostly […]

I amaze myself sometimes

Tuesday, May 23rd, 2006

So today I’m cycling along University Ave on the way to the library and I’m thinking, Dang, this is getting easy. I look down at the cyclometer and it’s reading about 24 mph at about 90 rpm cadence. Woo hoo! I have legs! Spin, spin spin! Later it hits me: It wasn’t me, it was […]

Bike pics up

Monday, May 22nd, 2006

Pics of yours truly, his bicycle and new, hip sunglasses are up at Yes, it was a cloudy day (Imagine that!) but waiting for a sunny one to show off one’s new sunglasses can be like waiting for Godot.

Bicycles don’t have anti-freeze…

Monday, May 15th, 2006

It’s the first day of National Bike-to-Work Week. To celebrate, it rained today. No problem. I attached my fenders, ran the lights, wore some Gore-Tex and packed some Gore-Tex. It wasn’t raining that hard, so I packed the rainpants. I packed dry socks and sneakers too. I had an appointment at the sleep research clinic […]

Mother’s Day

Sunday, May 14th, 2006

“Wow! That was fast,” exclaimed my mom. “I didn’t expect you for another hour or two.” I didn’t expect it to be so little time either. As it turns out, even with my detour south to the airport so I could use the bike trails instead of the streets to get out to the ‘burbs, […]

New sunglasses, calibration, grocery-getting, an invitation for you

Thursday, May 11th, 2006

The UPS man waved and shouted “Hi!” as I cycled by him on Goodman St today. It’s nice that he recognized me. He’s kinda cute too. Hmmm… The phone company is still messing around at Park and Goodman. They’ve been tying up traffic there for weeks now. Today when I went over to One Hip […]