commute by bike

First commute of the new year

Gather round, boys and girls, for today’s bicycle commuting lesson. I would like to teach you a small bit about chain maintenance. Typically one wipes the gunk off of their chain every now and again. You know, just get the grit and the grime off of there. Make sure it doesn’t wear more quickly than […]

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October Riding

October Miles: 202 Percentage of Monthly Goal: 121% 2009 Miles: 2,218 Percentage of 2009 Goal: 110% October is the riding month that Stephanie and I had been planning for all year. We had signed up for the Livestrong challenge in Austin, planning to do the 90 mile route through Texas hill country. While we didn’t […]

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September Riding

September Miles: 196 Percentage of Monthly Goal: 117% 2009 Miles: 2,016 Percentage of 2009 Goal: just over 100% Well, an exciting month for certain. I made my goal for the year this month. Just this morning, in fact. I left the house with 1,995 and 3/4 miles, which put me just past The Arboretum when […]

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August Riding

August Miles: 161 Percentage of Monthly Goal: 96% 2009 Miles: 1,820 Percentage of 2009 Goal: 91% It had to happen some month, and I would have bet at the beginning of the year that it would have been August. I missed goal this month. By less than six miles, too. Which is pretty dissapointing. Thing […]

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July Riding

July Miles: 177 Percentage of Monthly Goal: 106% 2009 Miles: 1,659 Percentage of 2009 Goal: 83% I know it’s still July, but I’m not riding tomorrow, so whatever. August was the month that I worried about. It’s often damn hot for three or four weeks straight in August. I love riding, but I’m not commuting […]

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June Riding

June Miles: 173 Percentage of Monthly Goal: 103% 2009 Miles: 1,482 Percentage of 2009 Goal: 74% Slow going last month. I spent a little more than a week dealing with a cold and then a few days after that traveling. Add a few “hey, wear a tie” days at work to that, and I wind […]

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Pasadena BTWD 2009

Today is Bike To Work Day. There are bike “pit stops” all over LA, all doing different things. My goal this morning was to check out the three Pasadena stops. I rolled in to the REI-sponsored stop at the Allen gold line station at about 8:30. They said that they had talked to a lot […]

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Well crap.

I broke a pedal on the way in to work today. It just snapped while I was getting started in to an intersection. I can still pedal the bike, but there’s a lot of give to it now, and I’m not entirely sure how hard I can push on it before it breaks further, which […]

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cp: 1, broken bolt: 0

It’s getting on winter, and in southern California that means rain. Well, it means the ominous if not particularly realistic threat of rain. Not even that: there is definitely a possibility that some time between now and next summer it may rain. And as you all know, rain means the opportunity to buy new gear […]

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A new and exciting thing to count

So over the weekend I got clipless pedals for my bike. (Fun fact: “clipless” pedals are the kind that you clip in to. Awesome naming.) If the internets are to be believed, I’m 1/3rd of the way to breaking them in. The story goes that when you first start riding with them you’ll fall three […]

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