Thursday, 31 May 2012
Fitness is continuing to improve. Pulse was 100 bpm after reaching home on the uphill commute. Previously was a standard 144 bpm.
Last year cyclist Peter Wells was killed in a cycle lane in a Dunedin street. It appears as if our protests about this intersection have not fallen on deaf traffic engineers ears. Pity it took the death of a cyclist to bring about this thinking. RIP Peter.
Article here explains it all.
Tuesday, 29 May 2012
Errands and commute back uphill home in weak but pleasant sunshine this evening.
I had forgotten about this poem:
Thanks to the contriubuter.
Eclectically thinking about bicycle poetry.
Monday, 28 May 2012
When it came to come home the rain was sleeting in! I usually change my work trousers for my super commute dry shorts from http://www.groundforce.co.nz/ . Unfortunately I left them at home! Wet bum.
I thought the idea of the gym was to get excercise, so why take the lift?
Eclectically wondering about gym users , again!
Sunday, 27 May 2012
Out of the house in such a hurry that I wore these:
Why the commute bike? Easy, was at hand, chained lubed and ready to go. But these shoes won't fit!
So back inside after getting key, open garage. Change to these:
Saturday, 26 May 2012
Friday, 25 May 2012
Cool swoop down to work, need to find winter gloves!
I can get two library books, two pads, half a dozen pencils, a write on wall sheet, my jersey, gloves, Buff, camera and junk into my courier bag. :-))
The few times I have rented bikes I have mixed views about their condition. Some were great to ride and others were downright unsafe.
Still, a ride is a ride.
Eclectically wondering if I should rent a bike in Christchurch 22/23 June.
Cheers - it's the weekend.
Thursday, 24 May 2012
Wheeling towards the new day., a photo by Bazzaphotos on Flickr.
I was right! I did know the rider on the flood bank whom I saw but did not get to talk to last evening.
Todays ride was 25km, not in this dawn shot, but at the other end of the day. Need to ensure that I'm not riding into this light as I guess I'd be invisble!
What a great day to be alive!
Eclectically expecting the weather to hold for another great riding day tomorrow.
Wednesday, 23 May 2012
More than likely I know the rider and would have spent time chatting. Missed them and the photo.
All very well having commuting slicks in the tyre department, but they may not grip for long in a slide.
Eclectically planning to keep the rubber side down!
Tuesday, 22 May 2012
How do you get it home on the bike?
Must have looked hilarious, box tucked into the straps of my courier bag with me peering over the top. Managed to make it home OK.
This photo taken in a corner of LBS Brown's Avanti - Dunedin.
A double world champion fits both of these - Alison Shanks - currently on the west coast of U.S.A. training for that big event in August.
Cycling is a wonderful sport, where else can you start a Saturday race with a world champion?
Please note I didn't say ......... get to finish with a world champion!
Ali has finished, showered and organised things by the time we finish!
Eclectically thinking that balancing boxes on a bike could be an Olympic sport?
Monday, 21 May 2012
Found out I was two minutes slower than last year! Didn't feel like it!
Managed to get to one of my favourate places over the weekend.
Strictly, not my local bike shop. One of my favourites though, Brown's Avanti - Dunedin.
What happens when a cyclist enters a bike shop? Future possibilities are racked ready to ride.
I only managed to purchase a robust, cheap pair of gloves and a new set of brake pads for the Innova. After 25 years it's due a treat!
Pretty short ride today!
Eclectically liking bike shops. Cheers.
Sunday, 20 May 2012
I chose the shorter course and managed it in 2hrs 5min. Pretty good for an old bloke.
The oldest rider was 77 years old!
My quicker ride was down to riding about half way with Phil from Mosgiel. We paced each out in the central hills. Sharing our philosophies as we went. Once we topped out I wasn't able to keep up with his 'younger legs'.
The run into the finish is a 3km false flat. I managed to take time out of a few riders, but Phil stayed ahead.
I don't like one particular downhill section.It was greasy today as the photos show!
Eclectically washing everything! Cheers.
Saturday, 19 May 2012
Friday, 18 May 2012
New Zealand road and the top cop is encouraged not to wear one. What gives?
Year 2 ride #48 / 414
Very cold and wet on the paper run. Virtual rest day very little distance.
Eclictically wondering about helmet laws! Cheers.
Thursday, 17 May 2012
Wednesday, 16 May 2012
Rain on the morning paper run and full gloves and hat on the evening commute.
I may have to upgragde my outer gloves or find my old 'Dacstien' climbing mits. Snow on the hills makes for cold temperatures.
Local paper produced two articles about Dunedin's cycle ways. They are slowly developing but have been hampered by a lack of funding. Primarily brought about by the city needing to pay for it's new stadium and balance it's books.
Great arguments and decisions covered in these articles. Well done O.D.T.
Eclectically excited for cycling future in Dunedin.
Tuesday, 15 May 2012
Monday, 14 May 2012
Raleigh, a photo by Bazzaphotos on Flickr.
Year 2 Ride #44 / 410 was the normal commute activity.
I am tired from two good rides over the weekend.
So, what has a ripped seat, cracked cranks, one pedal and a paper rack?
My latest bike.
Eclectically saying, "that's a nice frame".
Sunday, 13 May 2012
Saturday, 12 May 2012
They ride weekly mostly from Dunedin locations. This week they launched from Clarendon - between Milton and Waihola.
27 happy riders of differing abilities and bikes. We all tackled this up hill section in the first 5km.
We rabbits stuck together until we reached Circle Hill Road where the hares took of further up hill to do a longer loop.
Heaps of fun chasing each other down to here, where we had a good view out over Lake Waihola.
Click this photo to see that fog wasn't the only spectacle difficulty I coped with today.
The freckles were gathered by most riders. Personally I blame the 29'ers. When I'm following them the muck from their rear tyres sprays out at just the right height to catch my face, not the front of my bike as happens when following a 26 inch ride.
Friday, 11 May 2012
Purchasing some with light colours on the back of the hands specifically for indicating turns clearly in winter may be an exercise in frustration, but makes me feel safer..
Presently have a difficulty buying robust gell palmed gloves at a reasonable price.
Eclectically wondering why I keep worn bike gloves.
Untitled, a photo by Bazzaphotos on Flickr.
Thursday, 10 May 2012
Wednesday, 9 May 2012
Year 2 Ride #39 / 405
Writing about the daily commute when nothing happens is difficult.
So dreadge up a photo from earlier in the week.
I was out the door about 10 minutes earlier than usual this morning and met a whole lot of drivers who I don't usually see.
OSome did see me and gave way. others obviously did not see me.
Heavy due produces lack of visibility by depositing moisture on car windows. Drivers do not seem able to clear side windows. Due to no side window wipers, I guess.
Tuesday, 8 May 2012
Last nights 'supermoon' light ride took in part of the local flood bank, but not this particular part!
Eclectiaclly improving - even in the dark!
Monday, 7 May 2012
Sunday, 6 May 2012
The Clutha River is artificially low today. Could be necessary to allow the Police to search the river bank following a death or it could be that the 'powers that be' have shut Roxburgh Dam to conserve water. These are the piers of the second bridge on this site. Usually under water!
Saturday, 5 May 2012
Friday, 4 May 2012
I rode the paper run (again) and then drove the 140km to Otokou Marae for a PD staff with colleagues. Very interesting and instructive.
Took the opportunity to take a number of cycling related photos which will appear in the future.
This piece of advertising sure works, it got my attention.
Eclectically not able to ride the Otago Peninsula ... darn.
http://t.co/34BSCJ4n Otago Peninsula time lapse - not by me!
Thursday, 3 May 2012
Cyclists and non-cyclists are united in the need to discuss one cycle related topic - bike seats! (saddles to adicted)
At every halt in cycling trip there will always be a discussion about a new (or an old) seat. About comfort, about careing for your seat, about seat hight or for'n aft allignment.
During every discussion I have with non-cyclists the topic of pain, bottom comfort or how can I ride with such 'skinny seats' always comes up.
This discussion crops up virtually in every discussion with non-cyclists.
This photo shows a bargin bin selection I made which is on my wet weather ride. This is one of my most comfortable seats.
Specialized brand of unknown specification.
The F'zik: Arione is one of my favourits shapes. (photo below)
I own two of them, this one is on my carbon road bike. I like their supportive weight. They do begin to hurt after 3 hours and that's a good reason to stand up and ride.
I had an inetersting experience with seats once when in a slow race on the Taieri. The bunch was tootling along on a spring day when one of the riders 'in the know' says:
"Someone's riding a broken seat."
Instant thought, how could he tell that?
So I asked - "how do you know?" I was quietly let into the secret that a tell tale 'click' could be heard.
Later in the race another ride slid in beside me and said, "It's your seat that's broken." he asked me to stand up and pedal. The clicking disappeared!
It required an over $200 investment to replace my F'zik: saddle. Not a bad price for a non-clicking seat and some valuable knowledge.
Had I noticed the sound when I rode. Of course I had! I just didn't know what thta sound meant.
Eclectically saddling up!
Wednesday, 2 May 2012
As you see I have a choice. These are the 'spares' lifted from the bike draws. The ones which don't live on a bike permanently!
I find the solid white light on the right the best fro the darkness of the early paper run and the flashing nature of the smaller ones good value in the half an hour after dawn when I'm dropping down to work.
Lights on eclectically.
Tuesday, 1 May 2012
Cold wet commutes at both ends of the day not condusive to good cycling photography.
So here's one from last year!
http://www.30daysofbikin.com/ for this eclectic rider.
Total Days ridden - 30 in April
Total continuous days of riding - 396
Total km ridden in April - 314km
Total smiles - at least a couple of hundred!
Ride #31 1 May 2012 papers and commute in cold SW conditions - Ride Continuous #397