Friday, February 29, 2008
Tuesday, February 26, 2008
Left after 2 and the rain had already turned to snow. Decided to stay off the roads and take standing bear and neighborhood streets.
Monday, February 25, 2008
Thursday, February 21, 2008
Tuesday, February 19, 2008
Monday, February 18, 2008
This week will be a 4 day work week because I'm taking Friday off. Heading Colorado for some snowboarding.
Friday, February 15, 2008
Thursday, February 14, 2008
Wednesday, February 13, 2008
There was a great sunrise this morning. I just love riding in with the sun warming me up. Threw and extra blinky light on the back of my helmet today. I want to be seen by the folks driving into the bright sunshine.
On a lighter note, I've lost 5 pounds since I started commuting. It's like loosing weight without even trying. Now if I can only stop drinking beer and eating junk I should be in good shape by summer.
Tuesday, February 12, 2008
Monday, February 11, 2008
I've also noticed that I'm feeling more comfortable with everything and I can enjoy the ride more.
Week one is in the books. Had a nice ride home. Saw Shim in his car at one of the lights down town.
One thing I noticed after riding for a week is now riding to work feels normal. I don't miss scraping my windows, warming up my car, paying for gas/parking or walking from my parking spot to my building. I still have a few things to get more dialed in, but I'm really enjoying it:)
Friday, February 8, 2008
I had a Dr. appointment yesterday afternoon so I left work early and was going to ride there. Get my bike out and notice the wheel is rubbing on the frame pretty bad now. Change of plans, ride home and drive to the Dr.
The ride is starting to get easier now that I have a good route. It's funny how in this town if you take a street that is over a block or two the hills can be much bigger or smaller. Anyway, I get home with no problems ditch my bike and drive my car to the Dr.
After I got home from the Dr. I took my rear wheel off and trued it up. I think it was the first time I've touched that wheel but it had a bunch of loose spokes and was badly out of true. I got it straight again and put it back on. Good as new and ready for the ride tomorrow.
Thursday, February 7, 2008
So I was going down Douglas Street just getting ready to turn onto 17th and go into my building when I decide to downshift into 1st. All of the sudden my chain goes into my rear wheel. I grab the rear brake and lock it up till I get to a stop (luckly no one was behind me). Look at my wheel and see it's now rubbing. I guess all those rear wheel curb contacts tweeked it a little. So tonight guess what I'll be doing. I'm also thinking of getting a commuter bike, one with a internal rear hub. All this road grime, snow and salt are not good for shifters and derailleurs. I was thinking about a Trek Soho 4.0.
So I get to work and my badge won't open the dock door. I call security and ask them to open it. Sit there for a few minutes and wait then a truck leaving opens the door and I ride in. Then some security guy comes up to me like I'm sort of terrorist asking me if he can help me. I'm like no, I work here. He says "let me see you badge". I show him and he lets me go. Thanks Mr. Security guy. That's the second time this week I've been stopped. Get used to seeing me.
Nothing too exciting to report on my ride home other than I had to swing by Walgreens and Hy-Vee so it added about 15 minutes to my ride. I didn't get to try the new route Mundson suggested so I will try it on Thursday.
Oh yea, I did almost get run over about three times. Twice in the parking lot at Hy-Vee. The other one when I was just riding down the street.
So I just turned off Center onto 45th street by McFly's and I'm riding past the apartments behind the bar and this car coming my was starts to veer straight towards me. I'm like WFT and grab my brakes. This dumb ass then locks up her brakes and slides into the curb about two feet in front of me. I stop and I'm yelling at her through her side window. WTF are you doing, trying to kill me? She just sits in there looking straight ahead. I didn't know what else to do so I just rode away.
Wednesday, February 6, 2008
Since my street wasn't plowed I had to fight my way to the Field Club trail before I could get any speed going. It was great seeing the trail already plowed and it was easy going till Woolworth where I get off the trail. Woolworth wasn't bad till I got going down the hill from 32nd ave to Park Ave. It is a very steep downhill with a very steep uphill. Cars always get stuck going up this and usually turns into ice from all the cars peeling out. Needless to say I hit a major ice spot at high speeds towards the bottom of the hill and I about shit myself when I got into a high speed tank slapper. I was able to keep it upright and barely squeezed by the car stuck on the hill.
Once I got past Park Ave I take 29th street to Leavenworth. 29th street was not very packed down so I was having a tough time getting through. I will know better next time we get this much snow and to ride my mountian bike. Leavenworth street was mostly clear so the rest of the way was easy. The last picture is a shot of the building I work in.
The roads downtown were ok but some of the sidewalks were bad. I was having to ride on some of them and it was tricky not knowing where the curbs were.
I swear this town is either up hill or down. I left work and headed up Douglas till the top of the hill around 25th or so and cut over to Farnam. The hill up Farnam past Mutual was a bitch. Then when I got to Saddle Creek I hit the neighborhood up the next hill. That was a mistake, I should have just stayed on Farnam because the neighborhood was slippery and the snow was deep.
Once I was at the top of the hill at 50th I cut back over to Farman and took that to Dodge. Rode the sidewalks from Memorial Park to Westroads.
Most of the sidewalks were not cleared so it was slow going trying to keep moving with those skinny tires in that deep snow. The final climb from 84th and Dodge to just past 90th almost killed me. I was going through 2ft drifts at the top of the hill. By the time I got to Stan Olsen I was delirious. The people there were staring at me in disbelief when I walked in covered with snow. It's a great day for a ride is what I told them.
Tuesday, February 5, 2008
Well todays commute was a little bit more of an adventure. To start with I had to take my car in for some work. So instead of riding from my house I got to ride from Stan Olsen Subaru at the Westroads. Right when I left the car stealership it started snowing. I decided to take Blondo to the Keystone. Once I got to the Keystone it was first tracks. Just around the corner from where this first picture was taken is where I had an unexpected surprise.
Bam, I'm down in an instant. If you look closely at the picture you can see how my back end started coming around on me. Then you can see my front tire start to slide, then my foot mark and finally my butt bounce into a 20 ft slide. I felt like I was sliding on a hockey rink.
Luckly nothing broke, my left shifter/brake lever was a little pushed in but that's an easy fix.
After taking a few shots I'm back on the bike and being more cautious this time. I'm heading over the bridge between 24hr fitness and Dodge and shortly after I go down again.
Damn, this is getting old. This time I went down on my rear der and broke off one of my blinky lights.
Now I'm starting to get mad. I was only hoping my shifting isn't all jacked up. Throw my broken light in my bag and check my shifting. All seems ok, so I get back on and tip-toe the rest of the way to Aksarben. I had to take a detour back home to get my snowboard helmet and goggles since my glasses were not working well in all the snow. Ended up riding 1hr 10 min and probably around 10 miles. The snow is still falling so the ride home should be another adventure.
Monday, February 4, 2008
I was amazed at how much grip I could get from my cross tires. I only hit one slick spot and the rest was fine. Took me a total of 23 minutes. Not sure about the mileage but I think it's around 3 miles. Now I just need to get my route and my routine more dialed in.