darxus: (Default)
I was going to drop my car off at the mechanic's, to have my smashed window replaced ($275). I wanted to ride my bicycle home.

I pumped up the tires, which I always do, because I like low rolling resistance. I took my clipless pedals off, and put the original flat pedals on, because my shoes that work with my clipless pedals were among the things stolen from my car.

As I was walking from my car to the mechanic's office, I heard a hissing noise. One of my bicycles tubes had, in the previous ~3 minutes, sprung a substantial leak.

So I walked home.

22 minutes, no hardship. And I keep the means to replace a tube on my bike, I just didn't feel it was worth it. I just think it's hilarious. And awesome that it didn't happen while I was riding. I think I've had three flats since I got this bike, and none were while I was riding.
darxus: (June 2012)
4.8 miles each way, Cambridge (work) to Malden ([livejournal.com profile] cathijosephine). 25 minutes there, 28 minutes back. Very happy with how it went.

I have magical shoes that attach to my pedals, so I can pedal up and down at the same time. This is horribly called "clipless". I've seen a suggestion to call them "clip-in". I went with mountain bike / two bolt style to get shoes I can actually walk in.

Also, the very end of my trip was the first time I fell due to having my shoes attached to my pedals. Trying to get through the gate into the garage by work. I knew I was pushing my ability. Fell over at 0mph. I wish I had a video to figure out why it managed to not hurt at all. Happy to have that experience.

It's fun to feel slightly less dependent on things like cars and subways

And this has me kind of thinking about moving back to greater Boston, from New Hampshire, so I can do more bicycle commuting.
darxus: (June 2012)
I went into it thinking I totally knew what I was doing, since I was pretty comfortable with the front derailer by the time I went to bed last night. But it wasn't cooperating. I was only messing with the cable tension knob. And... it was not very responsive.

Read more... )
darxus: (June 2012)
The one I bought yesterday, that shouldn't need fixing.

I mentioned to the salesman that the front derailer seemed off. It was making noise when in both top gears, and it felt hesitant to shift into the top front gear. Read more... )
darxus: (June 2012)
Ten years ago I bought Specialized Rockhopper mountain bike, because I wanted a bike that could withstand anything. Then I mostly used it on the street, and hated how inefficient it felt.

So I finally fixed that problem.

2013 Specialized Allez Compact

Kryptonite evolution 4 mini-9 lock

Cat Eye EL-135 headlight and TL-LD130R tail light set.

January 2019

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