Metal Bike Commuter

Ah Well.

Posted in Uncategorized by metaljaybird on January 25, 2009

Riding today was a bit of a fruitless effort. I got past my local park when I stopped for a second to fix my pant leg. Hopped back on, and lo, I have a flat. No extra tubes, no patches, and a quick fill of air proved pointless after about 20 yards. Back home I headed with my tail between my legs.

(Note, always be prepared should be a commandment for all bicycle riders)


So I’m Tempted…

Posted in Uncategorized by metaljaybird on January 22, 2009

To start resuming my bicycle commute very soon. The sun is starting to stay out just a little longer, and it might be to the point where I can ride the entire distance home with some smattering of sun light.

The last ride I had was a few weeks ago, and that put me in good spirits for days.

One of my cars has been sitting in the driveway for weeks now. The battery is dead, and I haven’t cared to fix it yet. I am tempted to become a one car family, but my job requires me to visit clients a few times a month, so I can’t leave the family car in the work parking lot overnight.

In Anticipation of My Thirties

Posted in Uncategorized by metaljaybird on January 7, 2009
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I’m making no secret about the fact that the end of next month takes me out of my 20s forever. So, my wife, (who remains in her 20s until the next decade) has been asking what I want for this momentous occasion.

Really, money is tight right now. So I don’t have the cash to spend thousands on a customized bicycle perfectly fitted for my frame.

I think I want a touring bike. I really like what I see with the Surly Long Haul Trucker, but I’m just not sure we can plunk down over a thousand dollars on it. That being said, I’ve checked out what Bikesdirect has to offer, and there are a few in my range that I think look nice, but I’m not sure about the quality.

For all of you experienced with touring cycles, what say you?

A Good Start to the New Year

Posted in Uncategorized by metaljaybird on January 6, 2009

This past Sunday, I received a voice message from Crazyguyonabike. I was running the sound board at church at the time, so I couldn’t check the message. This being the first time he called me, I didn’t recognize the number. I sent a text message back asking what’s up. “You want to ride today” was the reply back. Oh, now I know who this is! I was definitely interested.

I called him after church finished, and we agreed to meet at Watson’s Bagels in downtown Denville. Crazyguyonabike took a bunch of pictures with his Fujifilm FinePix E900. He started out from the Union Hill area of Denville. Also riding was Chris who came in from Boonton.

Crazyguyonabike took this one from near his house, I’m guessing. I’ve crossed this bridge when commuting home. This is the road I take when trying to avoid busy Route 53.

I live right across the street from Indian Lake, as mentioned before. The lake was an ice block the afternoon we rode. Crazyguy must have rode right past my house on his way to the bagel shop to get this shot.

Ok, bear with me. The shaggy dude on the left is metalcommuter. The tall man is Crazyguyonabike. We stopped in front of a farm in Rockaway. See if you can spot the llamas and sheep.

Here’s Chris in full winter riding gear. Nice bike!

Action shot with the top of the Tourne off in the distance.

I felt like a hopeless noob. Crazyguy and Chris both sported proper riding gear, while I had on a huge winter coat that left me sweating and cold at the same time.

More Indian Lake. My street runs from the left side of the picture to about the middle.

Thanks to Chris and Crazyguy for including me on this ride. They showed me that it is possible to ride in the cold weather. Also, they were kind enough to take it slow for the heavy dude on fat knobby tires.