July 2, 2013
March 25, 2009
|Distance under own volition||3 miles||1.5 miles|
|Average total time taken||30 minutes||30 minutes|
|Total active activity||30 minutes||15 minutes|
|Active-time side activities||Dodging cars and other bicycles||Listen to music, take interesting pictures|
|Passive-time side activities||N/A||Read, people-watch, post to twitter, check email|
|Cost per day||Seemingly unbounded||A bit under $3|
March 5, 2009
So yesterday I took it to Performance, and the tech found the shard of glass in the tire that was causing the flat, and he removed it, replaced the tube, and charged $15. And then I got the same goddamn flat.
February 11, 2009
The not-particularly-amazing thing is that my commute by car actually took the same amount of time as my bicycle commute, and it was a lot more stressful. There was a lot more stuff to look out for (especially on the way home), and all the other traffic and the idiots double-parking had an even more profound impact on me in a car than on a bike.
January 28, 2009
January 23, 2009
But I guess I'll just ride. It's not like it's THAT wet out right now.
January 21, 2009
January 13, 2009
For whatever it's worth, I actually feel safer riding at night than during the day, now. During the day I still have close calls since I'm just an invisible speck. At night, I'm visibly huge, and don't. Even the people who don't respect my space on the road obviously see me!
January 7, 2009
When I picked it up today, he said that yeah, the bearings were totally shot and the lube was dried out and it was gunked up, so a rebuild was very necessary. Then I spun the wheel and it was absolutely soft and smooth. So I paid my $31.96 and had the best ride home ever. It's not quite as smooth as the Mongoose (since it doesn't have a front suspension), but actually not having a suspension made starting up a lot easier, especially going up hills.
Plus, I got a lot of comments about the Down Low Glow tonight. For about a mile and a half I was riding alongside someone who wanted to know everything about it and we had a good chat about that and also bike safety etiquette. And then someone on a scooter came up beside me at a light and was all, "Whoa, nice light!" And then when I got to my apartment yet another person asked me a bunch of questions ("Where did you get it? Is it battery powered? Does it come in other colors?").
So, hey, Rock The Bike, I'm getting the word out!
Worst case I just need to get a new rear wheel, which I guess would cost more than the bike itself (ugh) but probably it just needs a good cleaning and lubing, which seems straightforward enough (and would probably cost what, $50ish? maybe I can cut a deal with Performance considering I've bought two bikes and a hell of a lot of accessories there and have never once taken advantage of their "free tuneups for life" deal, although I'm not optimistic about that). Or maybe it's just plain completely maladjusted. I don't really know what goes on inside a bike wheel's hub.
January 5, 2009
The ride home was rather painful and difficult, both because I had a hell of a lot of stuff in my backpack and because the bike really needs a tuneup. I'll do what I can to tweak the brakes and so on tonight (when I also get my various existing accessories installed) although I really should just take it to a mechanic. Maybe tomorrow, if I don't go to the Delicious Monster Macworld party.
December 17, 2008
December 15, 2008
- I decided not to pursue the insurance claim. The (at most) $100 I could expect to get back would be more than paid for many times over by the increase in my insurance premiums, and it's an awful lot of trouble to go through.
- My Down Low Glow arrived today. The whole system is a lot more compact than I thought. I shouldn't have any trouble attaching it to the folding bike (although the oddness of its single-tube frame means I'll have to be a bit creative), and all its mounting hardware is reusable (except the velcro for the junction box but it's not like velcro is some sort of rare irreplaceable item). Right now it's charging and so soon I can have fun trying to harass/blind R343L and/or ucblockhead.
- Also today I couldn't bring myself to ride the little folding bike to work (feeling sore all over and worried about the rain) and so I took BART instead. Maybe I'll do an every-other-day thing with it. Or maybe I'll just break down and buy another full-size bike (used off Craigslist or something) sooner than I was expecting, since it's not really THAT likely that I'll get my old bike back (and if I do I can just turn around and sell the new one on Craigslist)
- Although, after the last week on the folding bike, I do really like grip shifters. So that's another reason to consider getting another new bike (and this time getting one that's lightweight enough that hauling it up the stairs isn't as much of a chore — not that the Mongoose was all that heavy, though, and it was mostly my addons like the panniers and the like which did me in, so maybe I'm just SOL and I need to find a decent garage security measure).
December 11, 2008
- Slow down and use the full left lane to pass
- Slow down and split the left and right lane to pass
- Stay at the same speed, come within inches of the cyclist, slow down, roll down your window, shout a profanity at the cyclist, then peel out as loudly as possible before speeding off?
Oh, and rather than get a check for the difference up-front, I need to itemize my claim, get a "settlement amount" from them, and then prove that I've used that amount of money to replace the item (which means if I buy something used off Craigslist I'll need to get a receipt etc.). So even though I lost property, I'm only covered for it if I run out and replace it right away (and possibly with the identical item, even though the last few days of riding on the Dahon have made me realize that I actually want a different bike than what was stolen; I'm really liking grip shifters, for example).
Plus, after doing all that, I'm guessing my policy premium will go up (I should have asked the claim representative while I had him on the phone), making anything I get back more like a permanent loan which I can never pay off. So maybe it's not worth going forward.
December 9, 2008
December 7, 2008
So while I was looking around the garage to see if any other bikes were stolen (one other was), some of my neighbors happened to come down and asked what was going on, and I said my bike was stolen. "Oh, you should have locked it to something," they said. GEE REALLY YOU THINK
December 2, 2008
Negative: On the way home, I almost got hit by a car, at a rather tricky spot. Basically, Division keeps going straight, but the right-side turn onto 9th splits off a bit early, and a lot of people assume they can just speed on through it even though the bike lane crosses the split part (which is a bit hard to see because of the complex bridge stuff, and it's only marked as a bike lane in some places). I always look behind me to make sure there's nobody about to hit me, which was also the case this time, but some person was driving really fast (I'd estimate nearly 40MPH) on Division and had to stop suddenly. They didn't hit me, but they did honk at me, as if it's my fault they didn't notice me safely moving forward while they were being too stupid to yield to me in the bike lane.
Oh, and further along Division, a bunch of people thought it was okay to pull pretty far to the right, crossing over the semi-marked bike lane. That's one of the aggravating things about a lot of the bike lanes in San Francisco, where they're not marked off but instead have occasional bicycle symbols in the space where the lane would be marked. A lot of people don't realize that it's a bike lane and seem to just plain ignore it.
Oh, and on that note, this morning I almost got hit because some idiot was waiting for a gate on Division to open and was basically blocking the entire right lane (when they could have pulled forward by at least 5 feet) and bike lane and I had to swerve around, and the big ol' SUV which was also in the right lane figured it could just keep going at its same speed and not slow down even though, you know, cyclist. A lot of people here seem to completely ignore the signs everywhere which state quite plainly that bicycles are traffic and have the same right-of-way rights as cars.
Basically what I'm saying is Division is kind of an unsafe street and it needs better bike lane markings.
November 3, 2008
I'd probably just get an old convertible or something. Even though it's such a silly solution. I guess there's just taking an umbrella and walking to BART on rainy days.
Thankfully, AccuWeather says today was the last day of rain for a while, so I can banish these thoughts of materialism once again.
August 7, 2008
A really nice thing about Harrison is that there's a bike path for pretty much the whole distance there, and Division and Townsend are both wide and have bike-friendly affordances. Plus, Mission and 24th are both pretty slow-moving so I have no trouble keeping up with traffic. Harrison does have a lot of stop signs, though, and most bicyclists just breeze through them (on the way down this morning I stopped which turned out to be even more confusing and dangerous due to other cyclists in the bike lane and drivers who didn't know what to do about different cyclists doing things differently), so on the way home I took the middle (if illegal) ground of slowing down on my approach and only stopping if someone else (car, pedestrian, or other cyclist) was ready to cross. That way worked out pretty well.
Also, strictly speaking a lot of the stop signs on the way to work don't quite apply to the bike lane, since they're three-way stops and there's no way for traffic to cross the bike lane's path, and in those cases the bike lane's marker extends through the whole intersection (but I hadn't encountered this situation before so I was a bit confused). Although when going by the Best Buy it's a bit strange because it's legally a 3-way intersection but then the driveway to Best Buy's parking lot makes for a fourth way, but the bike lane marker extends past the driveway too. That's one of those weird legal gray areas which I really have no idea what's the appropriate response, especially since there is the potential for cross traffic but it's not onto a street.
Oh, and no arguments or stressy bits today, even when I almost hit a dog which darted out into the crosswalk in front of me this morning. ("Fortunately" the owner was completely clueless and she didn't see me coming or nearly hit her either, as she was messing with her phone...)
Oh, also, at the end of the day, when I did get home, hauling my bike up the stairs wasn't a problem at all. Whee! And i didn't even need my inhaler today!