Sunday, 7 March 2010

spring cleaning

I gave my bike a spring clean today.  Took the chain off and got all the gunk off, took the disk brakes apart and degrimed them.  I've never biked to work through the winter before,  and I was surprised how destructive it can be.  I put off cleaning a bit longer than I should have, but it was hard to motivate myself to clean too much when every day involves biking across a muddy/snowy field and getting it all disgusting again.  Besides, part of the motivation for getting a single speed was being able to abuse the drivetrain a little bit.

Anyway, the chain is clean and quiet, the brakes are adjusted and kind of quiet, and I'm wishing more than ever that there was good trail riding around here. 

Thursday, 28 January 2010

unexciting biking

It's been forever since I've had anything to say, because the biking around here is just not that fantastic.  I've slipped into commuter mode, and it's not until today that I realized how nice that is.  Today was the first day since moving to Cambridge that I haven't biked to work.  There are reports that the car is behaving a little weirdly and I wanted to check it out.  Biking hasn't been totally fun every day, especially with the high-latitude day length (or lack of it) in winter.  I only wiped out on the ice once.  I felt like an aching old man the next day, but really it's been fine.  Not exciting, but fine.

Anyway, after driving in today I realize how nice it is to bike to work.  Some fresh air and mild exercise to start the day certainly beats dodging traffic and pedestrians in a car.  While the good trails around here may be technically off limits to bikes (more on that at a later date), and the lack of hills makes rides kind of two dimensional, there's a lot to be said for living in a community that is friendly enough to cyclists that the average commute is, in some sense, really boring.