Archive for February, 2008

And the survey sez…

Friday, February 29th, 2008

My answers to a survey in the Commuting Forum at BikeForums.net: 1) What motivates you to commute by bike? Faster and more flexible than the bus or walking. 2) How often do you commute by bike? Every work day. 3) Do you commute no matter what the weather? Yes. 4) How far is your commute? […]

Coldest ride of the season

Friday, February 29th, 2008

Coldest ride of the year today. It was either 2°F or 4°F depending on which weather report you pick. When I got the bike down off its hook this morning, some water that had collected in the tread of the rear tire or in the fender dribbled out on to my foot. It’s a common […]

Stolen! (Follow-up)

Wednesday, February 27th, 2008

Yesterday an ad appeared on Craig’s List that said something to the effect of, “Hey I recovered this bike around Village Gate, I thought it was mine, it isn’t. Could it be yours?” It offered to return the bike to someone who could describe it. Three people that I don’t know remembered the ad about […]

Two February Sunday rides in a row!

Tuesday, February 26th, 2008

Winter returned today after giving us a brief respite last week. We had two sunny days in a row during the week, then three sunny weekend days. It was almost too much to handle. I actually got Yellow Bike out for a second ride in February. Imagine that. Sunday was the kind of sunny day […]

Sunday ride

Monday, February 18th, 2008

Weather around here is notoriously hard to predict. In February, it’s harder still. Yesterday was supposed to be windy with a 20% chance of rain in the morning, rising to 80% in the afternoon. When I got up in the mid-morning, it was still. The church across the alley has those old, industrial, backdraft preventers […]

A Tuesday without TNUA

Wednesday, February 13th, 2008

Instead of riding the TNUA last night, I attended a DOT public information meeting where they presented design proposals for improving the intersection of an expressway and a major surface street. I commute through there regularly, several of our bike club routes traverse it, and it’s between a residential area and a MUP. That alone […]

All clean

Monday, February 4th, 2008

So the Portland is clean, reassembled and has been photographed. I can’t let it get that bad again. Even after degreasing most of it last night, and removing most of the crusty stuff, it still took nearly all day today to scrub, dry, polish, and reassemble. Then again, I take my time and occasionally become […]

The Portland gets a mid-winter bath

Sunday, February 3rd, 2008

In the four-and-a-half months and 1,384.4 miles I’ve owned it, I’ve never given the Portland a proper bath. Sure it gets rinsed off after every wet or grungy ride, but gunk builds up, especially on and near the drivetrain. Plus, I don’t have a really good picture of it, something driven home when I was […]