#30daysofbiking day 15 – retrogrouch ride

As you may have heard, the bicycle industry disappeared up its own asshole today, by releasing an 11 speed road group complete with hydraulic rim brakes. Seriously.

Drum Brakes!

To commemorate this ridiculous occasion, I rode my 5-speed Sturmey-Archer equipped bike with cable-actuated drum brakes. I made a lap around the neighborhood, and then went down to the park and cruised past a few kids’ baseball games. Never once did I find myself wishing my brake lines were filled with an incompressible fluid.

If it’s good enough for Sheldon Brown, you can bet your ass, it’s good enough for you!

I rode 3 miles today!  #30daysofbiking

#30daysofbiking – day 14

I went to Stony Creek today. I rode out to Rausch Gap and back to the Dauphin trail head.

Rausch Gap

I encountered a wild turkey dancing some kind of jig in the middle of the trail.

I also observed a man and woman riding a pair of matching yellow Pugsleys, which was very exciting.

There were also a large number of equestrians on the trail today, and I kind of wished I had brought a bike with fenders. I was not entirely successful in trying to doge all the horse poop on the trail.

I rode 28 miles today!  #30daysofbiking

#30daysofbiking day 12

I’m experimenting with the shift cable routing on the Trek.   I’m going to run it under the bar tape all the way back to the stem.  I’m thinking it’ll look all sexy and clean that way.


I took it out for a quick test-ride around the block afterwards. I still have a few kinks to work out.

I rode 2 miles today!  #30daysofbiking

#30daysofbiking – day 9 – Stony Creek

As you may recall, I rode my bike to work yesterday. I have a co-worker who is about the same height as me, and who is thinking about getting a bike.

I encouraged him to get an Ogre, because Ogres look like fun, and are similar to the Karate Monkey, which is nine kinds of awesome.

Since we are about the same height, and since I am a gentleman of virtue, I offered to loan him my Karate Monkey.

So, we went to Stony Creek for a test ride. I rode my Cross-Check, he rode the Monkey, and we got about 6 miles in before the PA National Guard started dive-bombing us. Then we turned around.

Both my Surlies in the woods at the same time!
Both my Surlies in the woods at the same time!

No doubt, he will soon be commuting to work on an Ogre.

I rode 12 miles today!

#30daysofbiking – day 8 – commute

For today’s #30daysofbiking adventure, I rode my bike to work!

There is some scenery to look at on the ride in.


I took a slightly longer than necessary route to the office, but I still got to work way early. Even counting in shower-time. (We have showers at work.)

We also have V.I.P. parking for bike commuters.

VIP Parking
VIP Parking

After a hard day’s toil down on the server farm, I rode home. I ended up with 11 miles for the day.

I rode 11 miles today!