Metal Bike Commuter

First spill of the year…

Posted in Uncategorized by metaljaybird on April 19, 2010

On Sunday, a friend of mine and I both decided to ride our bikes to a BBQ we were both invited to that evening.  So, I met him at his house and we rode through Rainbow Lakes, Mountain Lakes, and took a detour into the Tourne.  We rode around the trails for some time without any issues, having a good time, though at one point, we had to haul our bikes up a certain, rocky and rooted hill.

No issues, that is, until I had the following three experiences within 10 yards of each other.  First, I came around a corner too fast and squared my handle bars into a tree.  It was a small tree, and both hands missed the tree, but it was a sudden stop.  My friend remarked that my bike left a nice mark on the tree bark.  A moment later, incident number two occurs.  Still being shaken up by the tree incident, I wasn’t too focused, and I ran over a loose boulder which kicked out enough to put me head over handle bars, face in the dirt, with my glasses flying away.  So, there I was a tangled mess with my bike, but no real pain.  A few seconds later, in my efforts to get off of the ground, the bike I was still tangled up with decided to move it’s wheels away from me, which caused me to slip, go running a couple steps, and come crashing down, left knee first, on a boulder.  I lay there for a few seconds, quietly contemplating the stupidity of it all, and hoping I didn’t break my knee cap.

I got up, brushed myself off, and decided to walk the rest of this short run on the trail.  Eventually, I got back on the bike and we headed out of the Tourne over to the BBQ with my pride being more hurt than my knee.

The next day, I’ve got a swollen knee, swollen elbow, and a swollen lip.  Still, I think all of my body parts are together.


In juggling a job, one car, and family obligations

Posted in Uncategorized by metaljaybird on April 15, 2010

We are a one car family, and have been for sometime.  Usually the spring, summer, and fall have been fine for me to ride my bicycle into work.

Unfortunately, due to job responsibilities, I am required to drive my car into work.  This is fine, except, my wife also needs that car to run errands, and to get away from the house when things are crazy.

As a result, I’m looking at the prospect of either spending money I don’t have on a second car (which I would be able to leave parked at the company overnight), or ride less when I know that I won’t be scheduled to go fix a client issue.

If I had the money, I’d buy a cheap used car and keep it parked at the company parking lot.  However, it looks like I will be left to drive into work for the foreseeable future and try to get my riding in during the early mornings.

When life throws you a curve, you have to adjust.