Snow, ice and sleet. I haven’t had a lot of opportunity to ride recently. What to do? Well, since the bikes have been inside more than out, I build a bike rack. This make-shift three bike rack consists of scrap wood: a 2×10 with notches for the rear wheel, and a 1×2 for stability. Two notches on the outside for 1.8-2.1″ mountian bike tires, and a single notch for a 28-30 mm road tire.
Having previously owned five cars at the same time, and currently owning five bikes, I have some observations: 1) While parking five cars can be a hassle, at least they don’t fall over. 2) Five bikes take up about as much space as a VW bus. 3) Keeping track of the maintenance on five bikes is just about as difficult as keeping track of five cars, all of which required different weight engine oil. I hope this pattern doesn’t continue.
I did manage to get off of the trainer and ride the fixed gear for about 35 minutes on a nearby trail. My skip stops/skids are improving, but that may just be a result of the wet pavement and ice. Since we’re on the subject, I’ve been contemplating a new paint scheme for the fixed gear. More on that later, think metallic paint and wood grain contact paper…
If you haven’t noticed, I’ve started referring to the singlespeed commuter as the fixed gear. Since building the flip-flop wheel in December I haven’t fliped back to the freewheel side. So, the bike is effectivly a fixed gear. It is also no longer a commuter; since the move I haven’t had a need to commute to work. As a bonus, the full fenders and treaded road tires have worked out well in the snow, ice and mud.
Having the fixed gear also allows my Gunnar to stay inside where it is dry and more importantly, to stay shinny. What is the point of having sparkly bass-boat metallic silver paint if its covered with mud? That is not really the (whole) reason; I have the road slicks on the Gunnar and I’m too lazy to swap back to the knobby tires.
Mmmmm, Cappuccino makers are great gifts. Oh yeah, Eric finally started updating his blog again.