Archive for May, 2010

N+½: The Litespeed moves in

Monday, May 31st, 2010

Almost a year after it came available, months after beginning to toy with the idea, weeks after I started making payments on it, yesterday after the Ten Parks Tour, I made the final payment on the Litespeed, and the seller dropped it off. The frame and fork   Headtube badge   Built and signed by […]

Ride report and pics: Ten Parks Tour

Sunday, May 30th, 2010

Good thing we waited this morning. For a time, it looked like Bikerjohn and I would be the only riders. “Let’s give it another ten minutes,” I said. Good thing. Two minutes later another rider pulled in. When I told him he was late, he told me the posted ride start time was 9:30. “I […]

Construction Detours for Ten Parks Tour, Sunday May 30, 9am

Sunday, May 23rd, 2010

I pre-rode the route today and boy, am I glad I did. Not only did I get in my first Metric Century of the season, I discovered road construction, and lots of it. Construction Detours for Ten Parks Tour, RBC Map #10, Sunday May 30, 9am There are two areas of road construction on the […]

Monroe and Alexander: Monroe County’s Most Dangerous Intersection?

Saturday, May 22nd, 2010

Just over a year ago, Yellow Bike and I were hit by a car. We were northbound on Alexander, had the green, and were riding through the intersection of Monroe and Alexander. As reported in yesterday’s Democrat and Chronicle and today on Channel 13, AARP issued a report that says Monroe and Alexander is the […]

Free Bike Repair Clinic

Monday, May 17th, 2010

Does your bike need repair? Come to a Free Bike Repair Clinic co-sponsored by the Arnett Block Association and R-Community Bikes. This coming Saturday, May 22, 2–4pm in the parking lot at 350 Arnett Blvd (map), two doors down from where I work at the Arnett Branch Library. Fifteen free rehabbed bikes and helmets will […]

Rochester Bike Week 2010

Friday, May 14th, 2010

May is National Bike Month. National Bike Week is next week, May 17–21. Here in R-Town, that conflicts with the Lilac Festival, so the Rochester Bike Week begins next Friday, May 21 on National Bike-to-Work Day. This, of course, is one of my days off, but for me, every workday is bike-to-work day, so I […]

Worn out

Monday, May 10th, 2010

There’s a thread on one of the forums I frequent, the subject is something along the lines of “Does anyone else get a sense of satisfaction from wearing out components?” At 9,200 miles and after three Rochester winters, I’m in the middle of replacing most of the Portland’s drivetrain because I’ve worn it out. I […]


Sunday, May 9th, 2010

It’s late morning on a Sunday in early May, and there’s snow in the air. It’s too warm for it to stick to anything, but there’s snow flying around in the winds outside my window. It’s days like today that really make me feel grateful for cycling to work during the week. Weekdays this spring […]