23 Weeks

The new Trek arrived from Ebay, but I haven’t had a chance to ride it yet. It came all torn apart, and I was unable to re-assemble it myself, so I took it to the bike store to let them do it for me.I rode 17.46 miles this week. I would have ridden more, but I’m having some lower back problems. I think I may have the saddle adjusted too high on the Lemond. I’m going to lower it before I ride again.Yesterday was the official 6 month anniversary of me starting to keep track of my bike rides and attempts to quit smoking. I declared my intentions and went for a 14 mile ride to Mechanicburg on July 30, 2004.“But 23 weeks isn’t 6 months!” you say. No, indeed not. The weekly update numbers are the number of weeks since I last had a cigarette, not since I first started blogging. The numbers don’t match up, because I had a few relapses with the smokes in the early days.

Jihad Update:

According to my calculations, I have commuted to work 11 times so far, and I have ridden 20.4 miles doing errands.

This means that I have saved 88+20.4=100.4 miles

100.4 / 28 = 3.59 gallons saved!
Take that, jackass!

22 Weeks

I only got one big ride in this week, and I hurt my back pretty bad. I am going to have to start incorporating ab/lower back work into my ‘routine.’

We got a lame excuse for a blizzard this weekend. The news was prediciting Fimbulwinter, but we only got 6″ of snow. It is evil cold outside though. I don’t know if this happens in other parts of the world or not, but around here, when a big snowstorn is forecasted, people run to the grocery store to buy:

  1. Milk
  2. Eggs
  3. Bread
  4. Toilet Paper

My theory is that people sit around in thier houses feasting on French toast.

The other big news for this week is that I won a bicycle on Ebay. It’s a 1987 Trek 520. It has a lugged steel frame, clearance for fenders and big tires, and a place to mount a rack. I think it will become my primary commuter. The FedEx man should be dropping it off this Thursday!

16.13 miles this week.

Dr. Mudflap

My bike got covered in sludge on my last ride. When I got the bike home and everything started to melt on the floor, it looked like this:

MESS

No good at all.

I had read Alex Wetmore’s directions on making a mudflap out of rubber. Alex’s method meant I had to get off my lazy butt and go to the hardware store.

Then, I was looking at the Berthoud pre-fab leather ones , when I had an idea…

I had just recieved a Dremel Tool as a Christmas gift, and I had an old pair of leather shoes laying around gathering dust.

After the dust cleared, I had this:

DMFLAP

The toungue of the shoe is zip-tied to the fender, and I think it’s long enough to keep slop off the bottom bracket and chain.

CATFLAP

Cringer seems to like it.

First Snow!

We finally got some snow last night (first snow all year!), and I had the day off for the MLK holiday, so I decided to go for a ride and take some pictures. It was about 21F, so I got all bundled up in my bike-Ninja outfit.

BIKE-NINJA

There is a cemetery at the bottom of the hill, where I stopped to adjust my clothing. I never bought proper tights for this, so I just wear leg warmers and biking shorts (under Fleece pants (under goretex windpants)). Anyways, the leg warmers always fall down and you have to get under all your layers to fix them. I’m sure all the people driving by thought there was some crazy person stripping in the graveyard.There is a cool sign on the gate of the graveyard. I thought I had the camera set for 1600×1200, but I only was set for 640×480, so you really can’t read it. 🙁

CEMSIGN

Here is my trusty old Diamondback leaning on the cemetery gate.

CEMBIKE

I made my way down to City Island, were I noticed that fenders are not the end-all be-all. I have heard people on the internet talk about needing a mudflap in addition to fenders. Well, they were right. That’s salty sludge on my steel frame!

SLUDGE

This is my favorite picture of the day. That’s the Market St. bridge. The river looks pretty high.

BRIDGE

I decided to keep going across the river and into downtown Harrisburg. I ended up in front of the capitol building. (It’s the big green dome in the background.

BIKECAPITOL

Here’s another shot of the Capitol.

BIKECAPITOL2

On my way back home, I stopped on the overpass to catch my breath. This is what rt 15 (southbound) looks like on a holiday. If this were my normal morning commute, it’d be bumper to bumper traffic.

RT15

Stats:

Elapsed Time: 01:57:54
Max Speed: 28.6mph
Average Speed: 8.2mph (poking around in the snow is slow)
Distance: 16.13 miles

21 Weeks

21 Weeks without a smoke.
I rode 21.21 miles this week. That must be one of those cosmic coincidences or something.
I didn’t plan it out like that.