Tuesday, December 22, 2009

Return to Cycling

I just finished a spirited 45 minute spinning class at the local YMCA. I had no Achilles heel issues, so I think the ankle is healed. I feel as if I could ride to work if my bike was ready.

I disassembled my commuter bike to have it repainted. It's the only bike that has clearance for studded tires and I'm not riding without those, so I'll have to wait until I get the bike back together. Until then, I'll try a few more spinning classes.

Maybe someone will buy me a Pugsley for xmas. Pugleys don't need studs.

Saturday, January 24, 2009

Status of Me

I am explaining, just in case someone is curious, why I haven't blogged lately.

I've been pretty busy with work and don't have as much free time as I need to fit in blogging. This will change pretty soon and I'll be back at the freetime keyboard.

I've been trying to take photos of my daughter's cockatiel for a couple months now. I've probably taken 50 photos of him. They are never very good. He is almost always in motion. He is not interested in posing. His gray color mushes into his normal backgrounds.

Out of all those photos, this is the best. I think I'll try to put him in front of something colorful that will help his shape stand out. In this photo, I blurred the background which helped him show up better. His name is Milo and he's a nice little bird. He spends lots of time out of his cage, sitting on someone's shoulder.

Friday, January 02, 2009

A Bicycling Curiosity

I received this saddle a couple of years ago in a mass purchase of saddles. The logo says, "Rido" and has no other markings, not even the country of origin.

I never rode it (why would I?) and had no plans to until recently. An author of an article in Velovision magazine said he found it a very comfortable saddle that he used on his everyday bike. I'd never seen the saddle anywhere else, so I was interested by his recommendation.

One important thing mentioned by the article's author is that unlike many other new-fangled saddle designs, this one has a nose and the nose is important for steering your bike.

I pulled the saddle out of the parts box and washed it off. I noticed the yellow part is hard plastic and the blue portion is flexible rubber. I may give it a try if I find a suitable bike. The bike would need to provide an upright position and be colorful. Perhaps a clown bike would do.

I'll let you know what I think about it after I ride it. Until then, please don't order large quantities of them, OK?