Archive for April, 2009

Spring service, Part two

Friday, April 24th, 2009

On Thursday after work, I rode in to Full Moon Vista on the Portland. A bunch of stuff happened, and I rode out on Yellow Bike. Yellow Bike’s brakes are better. The rear caliper will need to be replaced to do any better. Its wheels are true again. And its shifting has been tweaked. What […]

Dodged a bullet

Friday, April 24th, 2009

The City libraries were closed today for staff “Convocation” It’s a big, all-day meeting for all staff. One of the things the Director addressed right at the start was budget. It seems the projected 22% cut, whittled down to 15% is going to be only 8%. No jobs will be lost, no hours will be […]

Spring Service, Part One

Tuesday, April 14th, 2009

I dropped-off Yellow Bike on the way home this afternoon. It’s been two years since I bought, stripped and rebuilt it, and it’s about time it had a professional laying on of the hands. The wheels are a little out of true, the brakes are wearing funny and won’t stay centered, and there were a […]

My weird Mom story can beat your weird Mom story

Saturday, April 11th, 2009

It’s the family joke that my mother starts conversations in the middle of a paragraph. Queen of the non sequitur, it’s not just a remark that catches you off-guard, but the whole of the resulting paragraph and subsequent conversation. After 52 years, I’m kind of used to it, but I was completely unprepared for the […]

Fun with fenders

Wednesday, April 1st, 2009

We had an essentially snowless March, yet I made the Portland wear its winter fenders through the whole month. The PlanetBike Cascadia fenders in 45mm sure worked great with my Nokian Hakkapeliitta W106 studded snow tires. They look quite butch too, when paired with the Nokians. The whole effect is one of muscular capability. With […]