blogs tagged "bicycles"

Covid summer of eternal biking

Sun Aug 01 2021 23:14:48 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: bicycles biking cycling bicycling riding pedalpalooza pdx bikes

Wow this long summer of 3 months of Pedalpalooza has really been fun and intense. I'm definitely more engaged and riding more, or at least it feels like it...but maybe it's just that things are spaced out more?

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On a ride today, as is common when meeting new friends on rides with strangers, talk turned to past pedalpalooza rides. I didn't realize until later that I have actually done quite a few this season, including:

  • Flanders ride - bunch of Ned Flanders cosplayers riding over the new bike overpass bridge on....FLANDERS street. Props to the project!
  • Rocky Butte - climb to Rocky Butte at sunset. Lots of people, friends and new friends, lots of fun.
  • Monster Ride - Lots of furry beasts and strange creatures. I took my demon son Jeffrey along for the trip. He frightened a few folks, and was welcomed by good company.
  • Goth Ride - (the above pic, in the cemetery, before the start) - Music. Eyeliner. Darkness. <3
  • Music for Airports - A bunch of awkward music geeks with unsynchronized versions of the seminal album playing on repeat while we circle the airport on bikes and try not to die.
  • PBP not a Brevet - That was today. A longer and smaller ride, but really fun and challenging. I locked up my front wheel when the (metal) fender folded on the single-track descent on Rocky Butte, but somehow didn't puncture and didn't crash and managed to hand-bend the shit back enough to keep riding. Not boring at all! What a forearm workout on these Paul canti brakes. :) Never riding a trail again on purpose with these fucking fenders, that's for sure...

I suppose I've done a ton of other riding as well, like to friends birthday parties and to play disc golf once and to test some personal limits/things... but yeah, pedalpalooza has been super fun this year! I wonder (and secretly hope) that the multi-month format will maintain past covid...

Most of a month remains. Looking forward to even more rides!

No Dogs

Fri Feb 08 2019 22:45:01 GMT-0800 (Pacific Standard Time)

tags: dogs bicycles

That's a weird looking dog!

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Building a bicycle...

Sat Jun 25 2016 00:14:02 GMT-0700 (Pacific Daylight Time)

tags: bike bicycles building

So my lovely 40+ year old Raleigh Record finally gave up and died a couple weeks ago. :(

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The fork developed a crack and probably caused the bend in the down tube. Pretty unfixable. FAREWELL to my first commuter in Portland...that $90 investment served me well over the last decade or so.

And now comes the time to figure out a new ride. With the help of a friend, I've decided to do a custom build.

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It's quite far from done...but what strikes me most is just how much this process feels exactly like the first time I built a computer from components! Spending hours flipping thru parts guides, reading reviews, comparing specs, comparing vendor prices, trying to squeeze everything into some unrealistic/imaginary budget, stressing about forgetting some critical minutiae, discovering what parts are compatible with other parts (or not)...dreaming about what the finished thing will look like and fantasizing about how it may perform...

The process is so similar...and surprisingly rewarding.

I have lots to learn about the build itself, and it's exciting to be out of my element (and a little scary).