Yesterday I finally had a chance to repair my exceedingly favorite bicycle (green Nashbar) from the mechanical the occurred to me a week or two ago. This is why I have more than one bicycle cause I’m a boy and we break stuff. Really the included bolts with the nashbar portuer rack were the lowest quality available and simply rattled out from crossing cobblestone areas and riding the high-water trail on the southside of Belle Isle. Once they were gone everything came apart and I walked home. I got some new bolts from Chip at Pibbies bike store and they ended up being slightly too long and I ended up having to shim everything up with washers from the hardware store but I’m glad it happened as I feel much more confident in the setup now anyway.
Secondly, I had bought two new bells as my one brass bell actually broke (again, how the F I break this stuff I dunno but it was one of the brass bells with a spring fob that dings. I assume that the spring simply snapped from metal fatigue, again at the hands of cobblestones) and with the addition of this bike (albeit months ago) to the stable I needed a second bell. I commute year round but when the weather gets nice the foot traffic on my regular commute goes from 1 guy in the winter (Tim Barry from Avail actually, he’s always jogging his dog by the river on cold mornings) to hundreds of people. Even with the near ubiquity of the iPod I still wanna try and let people know I’m coming up and screaming “LEFT” is so impersonal. Actually, I get quite a lot of comments on the bell from pedestrians and the like both because they appreciate it and it has such a pleasant “DING DING!” ringer to it.
In other traffic news I was in my first bike traffic jam today! Oh how Richmond has changed from 1998 but this city is really starting to get it I think….I’m sure the General Assembly is debating how to use all the money saved from road repairs on parking decks for VCU.