Saturday, November 01, 2008

Ride home for Friday, 31 October and Critical Mass

Went down to IdealBikes after work to pick up my bike. Dave had mounted the studded tyres and the fenders and I took it out for a ride. Unfortunately the fender was rubbing under my weight, so I worked with Vince there as he gamely tried to fix it as the clock ticked towards 6. We came to an executive decision consisting of "fuckit, I have a clip-on fender on there anyway" and took the fender off and quickly threw everything back together. It was good enough to go, although the tyre started rubbing towards the end and I lost first gear. I had to leave a little early before it finished as I had been invited over to supper at a friend's place (a jolly dashing, intelligent young med student who derided me for my comments of "heavy duty painkillers", explaining that what I was taking were "only" anti-inflammatories and that what I should have been taking "for the really good stuff" was opioids - something I would rather avoid after my experiences with them last year...)

It was a good show, I think the count was somewhere in the region of 150, not bad for a chilly November evening. Standout costume of the evening was definitely Wayne Jay with his skeleton stoker tandem, who drew shouts of "look at the skellington!" from children as he rode past:

Since the feet of the skeleton were cable tied onto the pedals, the skeleton appeared to be pedalling with Wayne, adding to the effect!

Full set of pictures available here.

Distance logged: 22.409km
Time: 92:08
Average speed: 14.6km/hr
Max speed: 42.9 km/hr
Temperature: 6C - 3C, clear
Cumulative distance: 5723.430km
Cumulative cost per km: $0.31
Monthly distance: 32.997km
Monthly cost per km: $0


Anonymous Nina Corfu said...

my name is Nina Corfu. I work for the afternoon show at CBC Radio in Halifax. I believe we chatted about your blog a while ago... and I mentioned I was interested in getting you on the radio one of these days... the moment has come! I'm looking for a cyclist to chat with me about cycling lanes in Halifax... how effective they are... what needs to change... that kind of thing. Any chance you might be interested? Please call if you get the chance 420-4272 or email me at

Thursday, November 20, 2008 5:12:00 pm  
Anonymous Andrew said...

Hey Steve, it's been some time since your last blog post. I hope winter riding is going okay for you!

Sunday, February 01, 2009 11:00:00 am  
Anonymous vince said...

haha! i just found your blog and knew I would find myself in here somewhere. yes, that was a sticky situation we had.

Wednesday, February 04, 2009 3:33:00 am  

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