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the weather today was very pleasant, supposed to be even warmer tomorrow. i've some errands to run in the a.m. but the afternoon is free i think i'll try to go for a ride, take my camera this time. never know what i'll see this time.
it's been gorgeous here for the last week. yesterday i was out in a t-shirt. the forecasts have been saying for the past 2 weeks that icy doom is 3 or 4 days off, and they keep pushing it back further into the future. the flowers are starting to come up in the yard, so we'll probably get 1 more hard freeze before summer.
As long as the wheels go round thats what counts. Or so I hear
pretty much true. got out in the fresh air and lovely weather. i got to try out the frame pump, which works, but it's slow, slow, slow. so i ended up using the flimsy bell footpump, which is quicker but tries to wriggle away from you.
and i got to thinking about what it is about bikes that makes them so enjoyable. we get to move about nearly effortlessly, faster than walking, easier than running. uphill it's slow but no worse than climbing stairs, and on flat or level it's just gliding effortlessly along.
it's been a busy morning. the sun is shining but they just blew the tornado warning sirens.
just traded the denali for help with the shed roof(on monday). i believe it's a decent swap, new owner seems delighted. i'm glad to have found it a new home where it will be appreciated. now i'm off to update the other relevant threads.
today i was in lowes replacing a worn-out 20 year old tape measure, and what do i see chained to a post but the huffy aerowind i brought to NC and donated to the co-op, all fixed up and looking good. so i left a note on it and as i was heading for the car, there was the new owner, charles regis somethingorother, proud as can be of his spiffy new-to-him (ok, he's had it the better part of a year) bicycle, and it made me happy to see it live again, brief as my tenure as owner was. i think he was a little confused as to why i cared, even after i explained it. what goes around, comes around.
it's probably the only aerowind in town. the color was right but some of the hardware had been swapped out, so at first i wasn't sure it was the one i donated. then i saw the "pedal factory" sticker and that sealed it.
Occasionally I'll catch my 1980 MG around town. It was nothing but trouble but I still miss it.
there's one rusting away in the back yard next door to our old house in salisbury, owned by a police officer. it's a terrible waste. i considered offering to buy it but i expect it needs everything replaced. my guess is the only thing left is the frame.
Post by desertbikes on May 19, 2019 18:54:18 GMT -7
There's one rusting in a machine shop's back lot in about 50 miles from me. I suppose GM's comment about his MG is a reason so many are dormant or in pieces. They were all over the place in the 70s. They disappeared in the 80s along with Opal GTs & 240Zs.
took violet out for a spin today, first time in a couple of months. had to pump up the tires. about a mile out, then back another mile, went to lock it up and realized i'd lost the lock. so i went back out, retraced my route, no lock. oh, well, i'll get another. had a good time anyway. 4 miles. i'll try for better pics in the a.m.
took violet out for a spin this a.m., went about a mile to the transportation museum. the offices were closed, but the big buildings, maintenance shop and roundhouse were open, so i rode thru and gave myself a free unguided tour. how many museums can you ride thru on a bicycle? since it's a transportation museum, they have buggys, trains, cars, airplanes (it's mostly about trains). didn't see any bicycles, next time i'll look for them. www.nctrans.org/
yesterday while out walking around i happened upon a white nearly decal-less bicycle chained to a fence. denali? could it be?
yes, it was the denali, my former denali, the one i traded away for roofing work after lightening it by a couple of pounds. a little worse for wear but not too bad, i wanted to get my wrenches and straighten the seat but otherwise all there.
fortunately i haven't seen it since or i'd be making a fool of myself, getting sentimental over a cheap chinese bicycle. it's all good.
lurker: cows? we have cows? how now?
Jun 2, 2021 15:03:50 GMT -7
desertbikes: Just don't let the cows out.
Jun 2, 2021 7:06:14 GMT -7
lurker: oops, sometimes i forget to log out. seems kind of impolite. like leaving the door hanging open when going out.
Jun 1, 2021 13:15:24 GMT -7
lurker: "old" is a good thing mainly in the context of "not dead yet"
May 28, 2021 6:37:18 GMT -7
desertbikes: "sick" is good in today's lingo. Like "bad" was back in our century. Maybe "old" will be like that someday.
May 28, 2021 5:35:22 GMT -7
lurker: vet patched him together pretty good. he'll be ok. actually i just called a GTA video's viewers "sick". nothing but gratuitous violence. i guess i'm officially old.
May 26, 2021 9:22:00 GMT -7
desertbikes: That's a shame. Funny how we can watch videos of dozens of humans getting wasted in grotesque ways but when they pan in on that cute little puppy, we all think, "Not the puppy!!" Is he/she gonna be OK?
May 26, 2021 8:33:46 GMT -7
lurker: speaking of no more disctretionary spending, dog got hurt, expensive vet visit. cha-ching!
May 26, 2021 4:07:54 GMT -7
lurker: seems like i'm always making some cheesy thing.
May 25, 2021 8:36:58 GMT -7
desertbikes: And our hottest discussion topic is lurker's latest DIY project - building cheese!
May 25, 2021 8:13:49 GMT -7
desertbikes: The Catman is among the living!
May 25, 2021 8:10:28 GMT -7
lurker: it's really too soon to say, but it does seem to help my back.
May 23, 2021 17:47:17 GMT -7
lurker: i did some pre-shopping online and just resigned myself to no more discretionary spending for a while.
May 23, 2021 17:46:28 GMT -7
desertbikes: We're about to enter mattress hunting territory too. Not looking forward to it.
May 23, 2021 6:22:33 GMT -7
lurker: bought a new mattress today, OMG i could have bought a running, driveable used car for that price.
May 21, 2021 18:48:04 GMT -7
lurker: yes, it's been pleasant here too, but this a.m. i worked up a sweat while walking the dog. they're saying 94 on sunday. :eek:
May 19, 2021 10:16:57 GMT -7
desertbikes: My little side project has turned into a job which I intend to alleviate by next week. Missed some nice outdoor home maintenance weather here.
May 19, 2021 9:02:23 GMT -7
lurker: i called them back, was going to whisper vile epithets into their ears but their voicemail box wasn't configured. so i posted their number with warning on FB instead.
May 14, 2021 8:19:33 GMT -7
desertbikes: Press 1. Go ahead & do it. Ya know ya want to. Tell em everything they want to know. Just don't tell them about the ten million $$$$ that Nigerian princess was laundering thru you
May 14, 2021 5:47:30 GMT -7
desertbikes: Sorry, Tom. Didn't smoke? Bet you were a chewer tho. It's a KY state law that we all must be missing a front tooth by 40 & use at least one type of tobacco product.
May 13, 2021 7:52:47 GMT -7