Thursday, October 28, 2010

Little Things

It's the little things that matter, although big things matter too.

Either way, I changed the brake pads on my fixie (that's what other people call it) and now it stops like someone threw a stick in the front wheel. The close up photo also exposed lots of ugliness that appears when a bike doesn't get cleaned very often.

Old pad

New pad

Tuesday, October 26, 2010

What is this Giant Antenna?

Tell me what this is? I saw it on my ride home. The van had no markings.

It looks like something I've seen when the Fox news station parks at the local lake after a drowning.

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Photo Collage

For several months, when I upload photos, I get the "float" attribute included automatically, regardless of the layout I chose. I'll have to look up the easy cure for this. I'm tired of removing "float" from the tags.

The Golden City -- not really, it's just Minneapolis at sunrise.

The Saturday Hiawatha Cyclery ride ate at a place with chandeliers. They'll probably be "full" next time we arrive.

Twirly swirly (overly saturated, grass field under stadium lights)

Minneapolis bus speeding through an intersection (probably has cyclists stuck in the wheel wells)

A red Cadillac that caught my eye

Monday, October 11, 2010

Typical Fall Bike Photo

Here's my contribution to the collection of fall bike photos. I took this on what might be my slowest ride ever to work. My legs are tired.

I got my fixed gear pretty much setup and I look forward to riding it more than my other bikes.

Sunday, October 10, 2010

HC Ride, Saturday, Oct. 10, 2010

Before Saturday's HC ride, I rode to Ft. Snelling and saw a flock of turkeys. I want to call them a herd, because they don't do much flying. Anyway, I expected them to flee when I got close, but they hung around.

We ate at the Aster Cafe. They have great food and coffee in a nice setting.

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Saturday, Oct. 2 HC Ride

I took a strange route to the start of yesterday's HC ride.

Riders are gathering and chatting about the finer points of Nervex lugs and bike routes.

A bike ready for groceries or hunting.

A really nice Raleigh that I shot from the non-drive side on purpose. I've thought about conking the owner of this bike on the head and stealing the bike. It's that nice. The owner keeps wine in the handlebars (pretty smart, huh?).

Some guys got cold before the ride started, so they staged a coup and moved into the sun.

This guy rides a different bike every week.

We ate at Victor's Cafe in Minneapolis. They have fantastic Cuban food.

This is the nastiest port-a-crapper in existence. It was nearly overflowing and that was not the worst of it. But going in one of these beats getting a public indecency charge any day.

Friday, October 01, 2010

Ride Home Photos

I really dread this intersection. The cars from the left are coming off the interstate and they usually pull into the bike crossing without looking as they are preparing for a quick right turn on red while still rolling.

This is on the Vento Bridge --Minneapolis in the background. It was a nice ride home, very nice.