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A post-work road ride; more about the flooding

Friday, March 21st, 2008

I like to ride after work whenever possible, but lately I haven’t done much of that. Now that we’re on daylight savings time and the days are getting longer, I’ll be able to do more.

We had heavy rains for a couple of days and I was a bit surprised that I didn’t see Moore’s Creek Road on the list of road closures. It’s a low area right by Lake Monroe, and it flooded last year. I was curious about this, and unsure how comprehensive the list of closed roads was, so I rode down to see if it was in fact closed. Here is what I found.


Moore’s Creek Road, March 20, 2008

Here’s how it looked in early March last year.


Moore’s Creek Road, March 5, 2007

A few more words on the flooding: we didn’t get hit as hard as some other areas, such as Ohio and Texas where I’ve read about quite a lot of problems. Here, as far as I can tell, the flooded areas are the usual suspects, mostly low-lying areas near bodies of water. I haven’t heard about anyone getting hurt, and someone in my office who lives far out in the country has been able to get to work just fine. I don’t know if any homes are affected, but in the above photo at least, what you’re looking at is by a recreation area; the homes nearby are on higher ground, for this very reason.

The worst of it seems to be that I my riding options may be pretty limited this weekend.

Road closings due to flooding

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

Sarah sent me an e-mail saying some roads are closed due to flooding. I’m sure there’ll be more closed, since it’s still raining, and it usually takes a day or two for all the runoff to reach the lower areas. I frequently ride on many of the roads listed, including:

  • Anderson Road
  • Bottom Road
  • Fluck Mill Road
  • Miller Road
  • Mount Pleasant
  • Shilo Road

Surprisingly, the local newspaper, the Herald-Times, has an article on their site about it that doesn’t require registration to read it (they almost always restrict articles to subscribers payday loan store in chicago,alabama loan payday store,loan payday storefax free loan paydaycash loan payday untiladvance cash cashing champaign,champaign check,advance cash cashing check gary,gary,check cash advancecash advance detroitno faxing savings account cash advance,1000 advance cash faxing no,advance cash faxing nocash in advancecash advance company,advance cash company loan,advance cash company scamsnational cash advanceadvance cash loan payday softwareadvance card cash creditscams on cash advance company,advance cash companysavings account cash advance no fax,georgia no fax cash advance,advance cash fax noadvance cash fast loan online payday,advance cash fast loan online,cash advance loan onlinecash advance loan illinois,5 advance cash illinois loanadvance advance america cashno fax cash advance for bad credit,bad credit cash advance,cash advance for people with bad creditcash loan payday tilfirst choice cash advance,first time cash advance,first cash advanceinstant cash advance,account advance bank cash instant without,advance cash debt free instantfast cash payday loan,payday us fast cash loanquick cash advance,quick no fax cash advance,instant quick cash advance loanlawsuit cash advance,lawsuit settlement cash advance,advance cash lawsuit loanloan oneclickcash paydayadvance cash loan payday today,payday payday loan cash advance loan,advance cash loan paydaybusiness cash advance,business cash advance loan,cash advance for small businessblack jack downloadrules of crapsonline roulette gambling,best gambling online roulette,roulette gamblingonline video poker gamebest online casino bonushow to win at rouletteonline casino wageringcasino gamesplay casino blackjack,free blackjack casino game,casino blackjackplay free casino game online,casino game,play casino gamemultiplay video pokerbest casino bonusgambling game slots,casino slots gambling,slots gamblingonline casino guidenewest online casinofree online slots game,play free online slots gamegambling craps,online gambling craps,casino craps free gambling onlinesecure online casinocasino online free blackjack,free online blackjack,free blackjack gambling onlineplay backgammon online,online backgammon,free online backgammonmultistrike video pokerfree online roulette,free roulette,free roulette strategy10 best online casinoonline casino betting — even about school closings). I hope they will continue the good will exhibited here. Here’s the complete list of flooded roads:

http://www.heraldtimesonline.com/stories/2008/03/19/news.qp-6280324.sto

Working on my commuter bicycle; rain

Wednesday, March 19th, 2008

The shifters on my old GT Timberline mountain bike, which has become my primary commuter, weren’t working too well. Often I’d push on the levers and they would depress without changing gears. Not really surprising, since I’ve had this bike for 14-15 years, and these were the original shifters. In my attempts to fix them, I broke the left shifter completely.

This is typical for me; while I’m generally fairly technically and mechanically-inclined, for some reason I usually do more harm than good when I try to work on my bicycles. This has resulted in me treating my bicycles like black box systems, even though I feel that understanding how most parts of them work should be well within my grasp. I did figure out that I could put a piece of plastic between the front derailleur and my frame to keep it in the middle chainring even though the shifter wasn’t connected. This got me to and from work and the bike shop on Monday.


This picture is from back in February, but it’s the best I have of the shifters.

Since my bicycle is so old, it only has 7 speeds in the back, meaning it’s outdated. Fortunately my LBS had a set of replacement shifters in stock, and I had a gift certificate to use there (thanks, mom). However, the ones they had did not include brake levers, whereas my old ones are brake levers and shifters in one unit. The guy at the bike shop suggested I use a hack saw to remove the old shifters to make room for the new ones.

I felt this project was getting a little more complicated than I wanted, but decided to go through with it anyway. I bought a hacksaw (mine must’ve gotten lost or discarded in one of my many moves) and went to work. I cut out the old left shifter without too much trouble. After doing so I realized I needed to remove the brake lever to install my new shifters, which required me to remove the grip. It disintegrated in my hand, so I cut the rest of it off. I’ll need to wrap these bars with some tape eventually.

I installed the new shifter, reinstalled the brake lever, and routed the new cable to my front derailleur. I made adjustments to it the best I could, tested everything, and it seemed to work! I made a few more adjustments to the barrel adjuster, but I couldn’t believe that I got it to work on the first try. I tested it a little bit by riding around but because it was getting late, I didn’t go very far. I left the right shifter intact, as it works somewhat at least; that’s a project for another day.

It rained all day yesterday, although I worked from home, so I didn’t get to test my new shifter any further. This morning it was still raining, but I rode to work anyway. Shifting on the front derailleur felt a lot more solid than it has in a long time. In fact, I couldn’t even get in the big chainring sometimes before, and now it shifts with confidence. I don’t often need to change chainrings during my flat commute, but it’s nice to be able to. I’m looking forward to installing the right shifter and seeing how much that improves things.

The rain didn’t bother me too much this morning. I dressed appropriately and my legs got a little wet, but that was about it. I might install a mudflap on my front fender soon to see how much that helps keep my ankles dry. Since I brought a change of clothes, it wasn’t a big deal that I got a little wet.

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