Saturday, October 17, 2009
Friday, October 9, 2009
- Ride's great. Very smooth. Weight distribution takes some getting used to, but that's not a big deal.
- Boy's LOVED not being sheltered away in the trailer. They especially loved being able to talk with my wife (mommy) when she rode behind us.
- My youngest would occasionally lean back against me as I rode, which was pretty cool.
- I'm going to be putting Schwalbe big apples on it. More volume + kevlar belted should be nice (more cush + flat resistant).
- I, personally, need a different handlebar. Just felt kind of... cramped... with the default one. Not such a big deal at speed because the normal stabilizing effect of bike wheels at speed, but when going slower I had to consciously tell my self to relax. Kind of hard to explain.
- Need to figure out how to deal with my youngest nodding off. He's 1.5 yrs old, so on the way home he likes to doze... doesn't work so well with him on the bench, he couldn't get comfortable with where to lean against. I'm thinking about relocating the seatbelts lower down and padding the bottom of the bucket and sitting him down in it.
Monday, October 5, 2009
Friday, September 25, 2009
Monday, August 31, 2009
Tuesday, August 25, 2009
Thursday, August 20, 2009
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
Monday, August 10, 2009
Friday, August 7, 2009
- Twice on my commute yesterday, I tripped the optical sensors at fairly major intersections by myself. Now, I'm not slight, but I'm no clydesdale either. So, it's always fun when I can cast a big enough shadow, or whatever they're looking for, on my bike trip those sensors.
- On my way home, I heard a a car approach and slow down behind me. A lady in a minivan was, apparently, giving me time to swerve around the parked cars before passing me. She could have passed me safely without slowing. However, I guess she decided it would be nicer not to spook me. When I got around the two cars and pulled back over, she passed me, smiled and waved.
- Something was waiting for me when I got home. It was the Ex-Officio Trip'r SS (Jade) I had ordered. Fit is good, it's really lightweight, breathes well (wore it on the ride in today) and, I think, looks sharp.
Thursday, August 6, 2009
Bern Helmet, Oakleys, Ibex Merino Polo
Nau Wearever Slacks, Pants Clip (the reflection)
Wednesday, August 5, 2009
PS - From the Panda Flickr Group "Why are these called "pandas?" Well, ya see, there's this rad chick who goes by the name faster panda kill kill. She takes rad self-portraits while riding her bike. They are so rad, in fact, that a group was formed to record similar self-portraits cuz, really, just about anyone who has a camera and rides bikes also takes these self-portraits."
Tuesday, August 4, 2009
Monday, August 3, 2009
This gave me an idea for modifying my khakis to something similar. Using the inseam I was able to attach snaps ($4 total for snaps and setter @ hobby store) pretty well.
Location of both snaps.
Lower snap detail
Upper snap detail
Snapped - inside out
Snapped - right side out
Unsnapped... Using the inseam means the snaps are unnoticeable from the outside
So, how do they work? Pretty well, except that... I believe I placed the upper snap too high. You see, I have very well developed calves. The upper snap is placed between my knee and the swell of my calf muscle. With the pedaling motion, my calves had a tendency to friction-grab the hem. This led to discomfort and the snaps coming undone occasionally.
I believe I need to locate the upper snap just below my calf muscle rather than above.
Saturday, August 1, 2009
Friday, July 31, 2009
I promise I'll get some pics up soon (most likely this weekend).
At present, everything works beautifully.
The coaster brake is about 90% dialed in. I played with it just enough to get it working last night. There's a sweet spot that I'm looking for, too little and there's no power, too much and it drags while pedaling. It's presently on the looser / weaker side of adjustment, BUT it's powerful enough that the rear wheel can skid if done just right(talk about bringing back memories).
I'm pretty sure I'm going to swap the tires for something less basis, but I'm torn between practicality or cool. Since these are 590 rims (remember, this is a Tawain / Giant built Schwinn), there are limited supplies. However, Schwalbe makes a Marathon Plus (imminently practical) in 590... other strong contenders are the Schwalbe Delta Cruiser (Cream, Whitewall or Gumwall), or Panaracer Col de la Vie... decisions, decisions...
Thursday, July 30, 2009
I have a suspicion my wife isn't going to like me... My heavier-weight Ibex / Bike Hugger Wool T is, by far, my favorite t-shirt. However, it can get a bit warm (especially if the sun is shining since it's black). I doubt I'll be able to resist buying a light blue...
Monday, July 27, 2009
1) Cleaning & Lube
2) New Chain (probably doesn't NEED it, but the old was fairly rusty and I had a KMC Rustbuster sitting unused)
3) Adjust the shifter
4) Adjust the Coaster Brake
5) Oh, and a rack. I've got a Wald Rear Rack (in chrome) on the way.
Later I'll probably replace the grips (one is split a bit).
So far, the only challenge was removing the seat tube. The saddle came off the seat tube leaving the seat tube jammed in the seat post (it had been adjusted all the way down). Thank goodness for WD-40 and Liquid Wrench Penetrating Oil (only needed a touch of each).
Interestingly, this is an early Taiwan / Giant outsourced Schwinn Collegiate. It has the Shimano 3CC rather than the Sturmey Archer rear hub.
Here's some pics sans-grime.
Friday, July 24, 2009
Thursday, July 23, 2009
PS - Last Sunday I purchased a used '83 Schwinn Collegiate that needs just a tad bit of cleaning / polishing and a bit of adjustment and I'll have a second bike. I'll post pics whenever I get it cleaned up.
Tuesday, July 21, 2009
Friday, July 17, 2009
Need to update pictures of my bike sometime soon.
Friday, June 12, 2009
The Bad: My youngest was having some anxiety issues or something so hardly slept last night. This meant I hardly slept, which meant I was too exhausted to ride into work. There's always next week.
*Molly @ ProC.A.R.E. is one of, if not the, best chiropractor I've used.
Friday, June 5, 2009
Wednesday, June 3, 2009
PS - You can't tell it from the pictures but my pants are completely soaked.
Tuesday, June 2, 2009
Oh, and I'm thirty today.
Monday, June 1, 2009
Wednesday, May 27, 2009
Luckily, though, it tapered off to a mild sprinkle before I needed to brave it to get to work on time. I was damp, but dried off in no time.
Doesn't my life sound exciting? ;)
* Due to getting up earlier and getting faster.
** Even my just-turned-three son knows I take my Espresso iced, he corrected a barista the other day when she handed me me "espresso" (it was iced, she just didn't say it was iced when she handed it to me).
*** My reward for getting up earlier and getting faster.
Wednesday, May 20, 2009
Friday, May 15, 2009
Thursday, May 14, 2009
Wednesday, May 13, 2009
Tuesday, May 12, 2009
Monday, May 11, 2009
Oh, and I may have found a nicer route to work... it was pretty good today. The only part that I didn't like was that I had to ride the sidewalk on 135th in order to access the bike trail (the access is only on the south side)
View Route to Work v2 in a larger map
Tuesday, May 5, 2009
From the MFR, my interpretations in italics
Soft Oxford Textured Allure' Nylon
= No Wrinkles @ the Office when I roll the legs back down
Even Waist Sizes
= Better than generic S/M/L
= Me Like
Deep Front Pockets
= Stuff is on top of your thighs so it doesn't pinch your hip
2 Zippered Back Pockets
= No snagging the saddle
Dries Instantly and Packs Small
= Especially since they come in 30" inseam for my short-ish legs!
I snagged these on sale last fall, but I'm going to be paying full price for another pair.
FYI - I ride to work in my "office clothes". Pants like these + Merino Shirts + Ibex Balance Running Shorts is all I need.
Monday, May 4, 2009
View Route to Work (Public) in a larger map
PS - Google maps is placing it at ~6 miles vs ~ 5 miles by car.
Friday, February 27, 2009
Thursday, February 26, 2009
Monday, February 16, 2009
Monday, February 9, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Well, I just received my Minus33 100% Wool Base Layer Style 720 Balaclava, it was pretty inexpensive at ~$15 + free shipping.
The feel is pretty nice, I'm looking forward to trying it next week (and possibly more of the Minus 33 wool in the future.
Thursday, January 15, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
Wednesday, January 7, 2009
Monday, January 5, 2009
FYI, here's what I was wearing (top down)
Ibex Meru Hat
Icebreaker Apex Hat
Icebreaker Quantum Chute Neckwarmer
(note, I have a merino Balaclava on the way to change out for the above.)
Ibex / BikeHugger.com Hugga Wool T <= Awesome, BTW
Full Zip Red Moon Wool Sweater
Icebreaker Conquest Jacket
Wool Gloves <= Yeah, that wasn't enough...
Ibex Balance Running Shorts <= Also Awesome
Wool Long Johns
Synthetic DWR Pant <= Look like dress slacks, super comfy...
Injini Wool Tetra Sock
Smartwool Hiking Socks
TNF Arnuva Boas
All told, I stayed toasty (even had to unzip the windbreaker a bit)... except for my finger (pretty cold) and toes (barely cold). Adjusting the neck warmer up and down as my face would warm and cool was a bit tricky with gloves.
Oh, and my eyes were cold for the first mile...