Archive for the 'Bike' Category

Wintering well

Saturday, February 13th, 2016

This weekend it’s below-zero (-18C) cold. The floor in my apartment is so cold that even with two pairs of socks, I can’t keep my feet on the floor for very long. And I refuse to wear shoes sitting at my desk. The bed is on the floor too, but the futon provides some insulation […]

Screw the groundhog, go with the Pelican

Monday, February 1st, 2016

I saw a sure sign of spring outside the library today. A Pelican street sweeper went by (both ways) cleaning the street. The city doesn’t usually send out the Pelicans until April or so. No matter what the groundhog says tomorrow, I’m with the Pelican. Oh, and I did the long loop to work, and […] 18th Anniversary

Sunday, January 31st, 2016

This post sort of encapsulates the 17-year history of the site. Part letter to a friend, part cycling blog, part music blog—like life, I never know where it will lead.

Look Ma! I’m a parade float!

Saturday, June 6th, 2015

UPDATED with more photos, Friday June 19 Today was my first outing with our shiny new Books by Bike bicycle bookmobile trailer. My co-workers broke it in, today was my turn. It was the 50th Annual 19th Ward Community Association Square Fair. My library is in the heart of Rochester’s 19th Ward. So we even […]


Monday, May 4th, 2015

The neighborhood branch of the public library where I work, Arnett Branch Library, was named Public Library of the Year 2015 by the Rochester Regional Library Council. what makes the Arnett Branch stand out is that the people in its community see it as integral to the community and a critical part of the heart […]

What is an athlete? Are you one?

Friday, February 20th, 2015

That was the question earlier this week over in the 50+ Forum at With some gentle editing, this was my reply. What is an athlete? Athlete [ath-leet] noun 1. a person trained or gifted in exercises or contests involving physical agility, stamina, or strength; a participant in a sport, exercise, or game requiring physical […]

Heavy drinking

Thursday, October 9th, 2014

I’m starting to wear out unusual parts of my bikes. The last week the Ribble developed a new noise. Rattling. I checked everything I could thing of and couldn’t find anything loose. I forgot about it until today. Putting my bottle in the down tube cage, it didn’t feel right. Closer inspection revealed that the […]


Sunday, October 5th, 2014

Autumn is a wonderful time of year to be a cyclist. You’re past the spring retraining, made it through the heat, humidity and discomfort of summer, your form is great, the weather much more comfortable, and the scenery is fantastic. Of course the down side is that winter is on its way. That aside, this […]

Desalination, Part I

Saturday, April 5th, 2014

This year’s old-school winter has pushed beyond recent wimpy winters in several avenues. More snow overall, more days with snow on the ground, more cold and more of it, more everything. And more days. This year is the latest that I’ve done the annual bike desalination and spring maintenance. And boy, do the bikes need […]

Snow day

Wednesday, March 12th, 2014

We get our worst winter storms in March. This year has been an old-school winter—colder and snowier than we’ve had in a couple of decades. We’ve already had some pretty decent storms, but the real news-makers have passed by to our south. And the season’s nor’esters have passed by to our east. A March nor’easter, […]