Friday, April 29, 2005


Journey to Bicyclopolis

The Car Busters site has a work of fiction set in the post-oil future of 2076, called "Journey to Bicyclopolis". It is from a graphic novel in progress by Ken Avidor.

This bike shop mechanic in Bicyclopolis even has a cat. At least this fictional future isn't all bad.

Tuesday, April 19, 2005


Seat Post Problem Solved

I took my seat post to B&E Cycles for analysis. Erik looked at it and determined the problem was the seat post was put on backwards. Just to be safe, he ground out the grooves where the swivel part of the seat post meets the post part for a better grip. I got it back tonight, only $9.15 for labor.

Monday, April 18, 2005


Peak Oil

I've been thinking a lot about Peak Oil recently. I'm reading David Goodstein's book Out of Gas. There is even a Peak Oil blog now.

The more I read about Peak Oil, the more I think bicycle commuters are freakin' geniuses. It is a shame that suburbia is set up around cars.

Armstrong will retire

This just in from CNN/SI, Armstrong says his next TdF will be his last Tour.

Lawyer Cyclist Falls Off Bike - Sues Everyone

"James Leone is suing the Toronto Outing Club and its Kolapore Uplands Wilderness Ski Trails Committee as well as the Town of The Blue Mountains, the Grey-Bruce Trails Network and the province for an accident he had while mountain biking last August."

Sunday, April 17, 2005


First ride of the season

So I rode the bike today. It was sunny, and I figured I could get out early enough so that not many people would not see the Fat Guy cycling.

After about 0.5 miles, I had pain in the balls. I got off and checked my saddle, and it had pitched up from horizontal. I whipped out the Target hex key set, made it vertical, and off I went. Same thing about 0.5 miles later. I adjusted it back to horizontal, and banged the saddle a little forward. Seemed OK, but at the end of my ride, it still was pitched up a little. Any other large bike riders have saddle experiences to share?

Engineers love data:

Distance: 1.61 Mi
Time: 11:40
Avg Speed: 8.3 MPH
Max Speed: 14.2 MPH
HR (Before/After): 90/137 BPM, still 102 after 0.5 hours

Not a terrible ride, even if I spent more time getting geared up, getting the bike out past the cats, and down/up the stairs than I did riding.

Note: I would have ridden further, except for the extreme PAIN IN MY BALLS from having saddle pitch up after every half mile. My legs and lungs were fine, the boys weren't.

Tuesday, April 12, 2005


Athletics is mental

This might come as a shock, but all through elementary school, junior high, and high school, I was never very good in gym. I wish I could climb the rope, and someday I'd like to do a pull-up.

Until recently, I've always though that I had a physical limitation, but now I realize it is indeed mental. I got a bike that I rode 5 miles last year because I think I am pretty bad at cycling. I joined the Y the first of the month, and I haven't gone yet because I think I will be out of place.

I need to clear that mental block.


I relapsed pretty hard today. So far I've smoked 10 cigarettes in 3 hours. One of my friends did something to piss me off, and I needed the "comfort" of cigarettes. The funny thing was earlier today I had the concious thought that I did not want a cigarette, the first time I had that thought in a while.

Oh well, guess I'll have to try quitting again.

Weave a Bike

The NY Times had an article today about the Extreme Texiles exhibit at the Cooper-Hewitt National Design Museum. The article talked about fibers being woven into bicycle frames, but all I could find the Cooper-Hewitt site was some carbon fiber wheels.

If a woven fiber bicycle frame ever becomes available commercially, my bro will be one of the first to have one.

Warmer weather causing more people to hit the streets, paths

From the Penn State student newspaper, here is an article about people biking more because the weather has turned nicer. Insert comment about Fat Guy being a slacker here.

Tuesday, April 05, 2005


New Seat Post

Is it seat post or seatpost? I can never remember.

I hated my seatpost shock, so fixedgear hooked me up with a conventional seatpost. Actually, he hooked me up with the complete seatpost hop-up kit, consisting of a Solo cup of grease, a latex glove, and a handy plastic bag to carry it all in! It took me a while, but I had to install the new seatpost since he went to so much trouble. I learned a little grease goes a long way.

I decided on 1.09 x inseam as the distance between my pedal at the top of the seat, and I used my torpedo level to level the seat. I just eyeballed the seatpost yaw.

Day 4 not smoking

I had a relapse about 4 days ago. I broke down and bought a pack of smokes and had some. To be fair, I reset my quit clock on my PC. I didn't smoke the whole pack, I flushed about 7 smokes down the toilet.

I've discovered (again) that even 1 smoke causes you to need to begin the withdrawl process over again. I'm jonesing now for a smoke, but 10 days into my previous quit I wasn't.

Sunday, April 03, 2005


How not to be hit by cars

From Fark, here is a list of 10 ways not to be hit by cars. Some of the comments about the article in the Fark forum are funny.

Yeah, you could be like me and let your bike gather dust and call that way number 11 not to be hit by a car.

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