Metal Bike Commuter


Hot, Hot, Hot!

Posted in bike commute by metaljaybird on August 12, 2009

I’ve bumped into a Pete a couple times now.  He’s got like a 15 mile one way, compared to my 10 mile one way (if I take the route he rides).

Yesterday the chain kept slipping.  Pete gave me some great tips on checking to see if it is stretched out.  I guess you measure point to point at 12 inches and make sure it isn’t over by an eigth of an inch.  I’ll have to check that tonight.  I know the gears need a greasing and cleaning, and the chain could use some more grease.  It can really throw off your rythym if the bike doesn’t change into the gear you want it to.

I don’t have any aggressive driver stories, or anything extreme to mention.  Seems like drivers are adjusting to more bikes on the road, or I’m just tuning them out.  The occassional honk happens, but I’ve learned to not care about the feelings of a driver who might arrive 10 seconds later because I’m in their way.

It looks like summer finally arrived!  The humidity is dreadful right now, and the recorded temp on my cyclometer shows the old mercury hitting the low 90s.  Last night, when Pete caught up to me going up the hill on Zeek Road, we both had this look like we were enduring the worst form of torture.  That’s saying a lot because Pete is in much better shape than I am.

I have a planned vacation coming the first week of September.  We’re hoping to go up to New England to see family, but this time I’m bringing the bikes.  Hopefully we’ll have time so that my wife and I can get some fun rides in.  A couple years ago, I spent a couple hours riding around the town I grew up in, and it brought back my childhood.  I think bicycling slows the age process not just physically, but also mentally.  I remember riding past some of the old digs, and it almost felt like I was a 14 year old kid again with an entire world before me and the adventure of exploration was just around the corner.  I can’t wait for this vacation, I wish I had the money to purchase a bike trailer for the kids.

No riding today.  I am seriously tired today, and I thought I had a client visit.

Anyway, enough rambling.  Tell me your recent cycling adventures.

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  1. crazyguyonabikenj said,

    Zeek Hill can be torture even taking it easy. Add the heat and humidity, and it can be compared to the Iron Maiden (I just had to add the metal reference) I’m glad to see your taking the longer more challenging route home. I do see a big difference in your riding. Remember, you did catch up to me last week. When you get back from vacation, let’s ride Jockey Hollow.
    Here is a link on chain maintanance I found. http://www.sheldonbrown.com/chains.html

  2. metaljaybird said,

    Crazy,

    Again, thanks for the tip on chain maintenance. I just rode Jockey Hollow last Thursday. Met my wife and kids for a dinner picnic by the Saturn playground. Nice time, we tossed around a frisbee for awhile, and I took my daughter on some short loops around the field.

    Jockey Hollow is a nice spot.


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