Archive for February, 2007

Chainsnapper and the quads of doom

Wednesday, February 28th, 2007

I was on my out the door this afternoon when I remembered that I hadn’t oiled Bike’s chain after hosing it down last night after the TNUA. As I was turning the cranks and dripping Pedro’s Syn Lube on the pins, I saw something that didn’t look right. Initially I thought the master link had […]

Happily tinkering

Tuesday, February 27th, 2007

Note to self: Either put down a drop cloth to catch the overspray, or don’t polish the bikes with Pedro’s Bike Lust indoors on the hardwood floors. Yikes! I want studded socks for walking through the living room. Although I thought I was careful and I sprayed the cloth instead of the bikes, but I […]

Review: DiNotte Ultra 5 Pro Series headlight

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

Updated: Sunday February 25 Short version: Yow! Longer version: DiNotte’s high-performance LED lights have become all the rage on the Commuting board at BikeForums.net. The big selling points have been: Light output: The 5W model puts out 120 lumens, equivalent to a 12–15W halogenSize: It’s tiny. About the size of a C-size battery.Weight: 210 grams […]

Bikes, bikes. Bikes on the wall!

Sunday, February 18th, 2007

While I was at work on Friday, UPS dropped off the entrance hall pieces I bought from Ikea and my Delta Vincent Dual-Bike Storage Rack. I put them together on Friday night and put them up today. The bikes look like they’re racing up the wall. The rack needs to be screwed into the studs, […]

Nor’easter

Wednesday, February 14th, 2007

It’s a little early in the season for big nor’easters. Typically, we get them in March. I’m wondering if this is a gift from the groundhog, who, not seeing his shadow on Groundhog Day, predicted an early spring. The city is shut down for what, 15 or 20 years ago, would have been considered just […]

Oh. I geddit.

Monday, February 12th, 2007

A couple of weeks ago when I first ordered parts for Yellow Bike, Nashbar included an extra chain in the order at no charge. Since they were on sale ($6.45, half-off their regular price, and about a third of local prices), I’d ordered two—one for each bike—and here was a third one, clearly indicated on […]

Week of wind

Sunday, February 11th, 2007

While the lake effect snows—particularly in Oswego County to the east of us (See (Daily Fishwrapper 2/11 article with two photo galleries and a video and BBC News Online 2/13 article and videos)—have gotten all the headlines, here in R-Town, it’s mostly been just plain cold and windy. Yesterday was the first day in over […]

Retro check

Saturday, February 10th, 2007

This week at the library, we got our first paychecks under the new contract rate. I was the only one, at either branch where I work, who calculated what their new rate would be. I was right too. My increase amounted to 70¢ per hour. What surprised me though, were two things I hadn’t taken […]

The week

Saturday, February 3rd, 2007

Winter is officially upon us. There and no temps above freezing in the forecast for at least two weeks, and snow is expected most days. Today was clear and sunny, albeit cold and windy. Still, quite a nice day. I felt like Rip VanWinkle after my after-work nap though. It was dark, windy and snowing […]