Yay, indeed. I used to bike around Denver a little bit when I lived there in the summer of '01 and was borrowing a bike from my uncle's ex-girlfriend (heh). It was a pleasant ride from Englewood, where I lived, to the downtown library.
I recall Denver drivers not being as friendly as Portland drivers. But then again, I was a lot worse at riding my bike then, so maybe I deserved to be yelled at.
Your derailleurs have hi and low settings for how far to take the chain when shifting gears, and if your chain is coming off a lot it's likely that these settings are wrong. It takes about 30 seconds, with a bike stand, to set them correctly. It takes 5 minutes or so to do it without a bike stand and is fun. I looked on the net for a howto, but mostly just found the words "trial and error is fun!"
That's very possible. But it's never come off while I'm on the bike and shifting (that would be pretty scary), just when I lean the bike against a wall or something. In any case, I'd like to get the thing up on a bike stand just to get a good look at what's going on. I wish I had a bike stand.
Christmas list: bike stand; food processor; kitchen knives; OH MY GOD, WHEN DID I BECOME A GROWNUP.
hey, I do RAGBRAI. link me!
Well, the thing is, I seemed to remember you had done it, but there was nothing on your plan about it, so as a result of that extremely exhaustive research, I decided, "Oh, well, I could be wrong."
Hey everyone: Rachel does RAGBRAI and she's awesome.
1) That is a really good quote. A really really good quote which makes a really good point.
2) *sigh* I used to be a consumate biker during high school, but it was my impression then as now that I will be too poor for the next many years (and have too many other beloved priorities) to really become a bike dork because I can't afford the nifty gear. Being poor sucks and I've been it for a long freaking time. :-p
3) Elliptical chainwheels, eh? Before I followed the link, I thought you were saying that your manufacturer had produced a dud.
I've been really, really lucky in that people keep giving me stuff for my bike -- starting, of course, with the bike itself. If it hadn't been for being surrounded by generous people who are into biking, none of this would have happened. I owe them a lot.
I thought you were saying that your manufacturer had produced a dud.
Heheheh, I can just imagine that conversation. "Hey, we need to have a discussion about the new wheels." "What kind of a discussion? We just shipped 50,000 units." "Eeeeyeah, there's sort of a problem. I just heard back from the testers, and they're sort of...not round."
i boke to work every day for the last two weeks. it's much more fun than the bus.
It totally is.
From where I live, riding to Hawthorne or Division is downhill there/uphill back, a pattern which probably applies to a lot of bike commutes in Portland, considering our geography. I think it works out well. Sometimes, if I'm kind of tired, I tell myself, "I'll just bike there and then bus it back." But usually, when it comes time to go home, I end up making the uphill trip back, just because it's better than waiting for the bus.
Yay for becoming a bike dork!
I freaked out the first few times my chain popped out too...
(and I'm just now getting comfortable riding mostly-one-handed. I'm not sure how great of an idea it is yet, but walking places is so slow...)
Say, what do you think of Atlanta as a biking city? And just, you know, as a city in general?
Not like I'm...considering Georgia Tech...or anything...
Atlanta is Pretty Bad as a biking city, on the whole. It's doable-but-dangerous if you stay in the downtownish area, but there aren't very many bike lanes around here, and those aren't all that safe.
But there's a pretty good community of Bike Dorks
*laughs* And what are you not considering, in the Tech arena? It might just be the "this is my sixth year here" talking, but I'm getting a little disenchanted with the research going on 'round these parts...
What am I not
considering? A lot of things.
I first started thinking about GA Tech when I saw this
, and then someone else independently recommended I check it out, and then I remembered that you went there. But if you're disenchanted...hm.
Oh, man. And Atlanta apparently ranks as one of the worst biking cities in America, according to the oft-cited-around-here Bicycling
article that lists Portland as #1
. Bummer, dude.
Ah! Maybe this would be right up your alley; I haven't heard anything about this!
My disillusionment should be taken with a grain of salt -- I'm over in the fluffy saccharine AI and edutech worlds :) Maybe the harder, mathier groups on campus are cooler the ones I've been hanging out with.
Well, the thing is that I might end up doing the fluffy stuff, too. I'm not sure yet. One of my mentors at Grinnell has me looking at cognitive science programs, and I'm really intrigued by what's going on at a couple of them. It's actually got me considering incorporating music somehow. Not that that precludes mathiness in any way.
whoa, that chainwheel is pretty cool. i am not convinced of its use on a fixed gear bike, but still, pretty nifty.
also, careful about you start thinking is possible on a bike. ;) do it enough and one day you wake up thinking, yeah, you know, i could ride a hundred miles in a day sometime. trouble.
i am not convinced of its use on a fixed gear bike
See, I don't know enough about it yet to know why I should be skeptical.
(Hmm. Maybe that's why I like doing things that I don't know very much about, like biking and cooking. Because doing them gives me a break from having to be the skeptic that I am the rest of the time.)