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Storms and bicycle woes

Thursday, June 5th, 2008

I’m really falling behind on blogging.  I haven’t even written about the camping trip Sarah and I did Memorial Day Weekend, nor my impromptu day off on Monday, which I spent with her gallivanting around southern Indiana (it was perfect). I’ll get to those soon.

For now, I’ll note that we’ve had some insane storms the past couple of days. Skies so dark I thought it was night time, in the middle of the day. High winds, lots of thunder and lightning … actually very exciting stuff, although it has kept me off the bike. Yesterday Sarah and I heard a low rumbling and felt the apartment shaking. Since we live near the train tracks, we though it was a train, but we didn’t see one. We got to thinking it might be a tornado, but I haven’t heard of one hitting in this area, so I don’t think it was that.

My commuting bike is in the  shop so they can hopefully fix the sticky steering, and give it a good tune-up. I took it in last weekend, and they say it won’t be done until next Monday. Obviously, they’re doing great business at that shop. I bet a different shop would’ve had a faster turn-around time, but I prefer this shop. So I rode my road bike to work today, and while I appreciated its efficiency, it was a little sketchy riding through debris from the storms — mostly downed braches and sand/rock sediment left by flooding. In fact, I’ve been feeling a little down on my road bike in general. It did OK for my camping trip, but I’m not sure how many more trips like that it can handle.

I’m really thinking about a Long Haul Trucker or something similar. Something more solid, with lower gearing, better suited for mixed terrain and carrying heavy loads, sounds very appealing. I may change my mind once I get to do a good fast road ride again, though, as it’s been a while now since I did one of those. And even if I do get a different bike, it won’t be for a while, but it’s definitely on my mind.

4 Responses to “Storms and bicycle woes”

  1. Dave Says:

    The storms hit us here in KC as well, and it looks pretty likely they’ll hit us again tonight.

    Sometimes, one needs to take a break from doing what one loves (cycling, blogging, whatever…) in order to rediscover the enthusiasm. Sometimes, I just don’t feel like writing. Other times, I prepare outlines for posts well in advance of even experiencing what I’m writing about!

    I like the LHT, but I’m not convinced by the bar end shifters. Seems a hop-skip from down tube shifters. You still have to reach for them, and you need longer cables.

  2. Tim Says:

    As a proud owner of a LHT for the last few years, I say that I really like the overall qualities of the LHT. It’s not light and not nimble, but it’s a battle axe of a bike for commuting or for touring. I’m sure other riders have their’s set up to be lighter- wheels, saddle, sans rack etc. I originally bought mine off Ebay, but it would’ve been just as “cheap” to buy it from my LBS and set it up. Instead, I spent good money in an ongoing process to get it where it is now. It’s my preference for my commute, the grocery, or just beating around town, or even trails on occasion. We don’t have many fire roads around here, but I’ve thought of looking into an “adventure” ride with gravel or dirt involved to use the LHT to its fullest potential.

    And still more kudos for the S240 entry. Great stuff.

  3. robert Says:

    The LHT is a great bicycle I fully endorse it. It uses the same geometry as my Atlantis but is tig welded in Taiwan and thus way cheaper. Its a fantastic all around bicycle and if you make yourself a couple of wheelsets (a light “go-fast” and a heavy duty touring set) you really won’t find it much slower then your road bicycle and a lot more comfortable. The all-rounder is really the ideal bicycle I think, I ride my Atlantis on trails, gravel roads, bad roads and I’ve had no problems with the few club type rides I’ve done. Its only the actual extremes they don’t do well on: super technical off-road and actual racing.

    (to address the above comment, IMO bar end shifters are the final word in shifter placement but there is nothing making you use them. You could use downtube, thumb, or even (shudders) brifters).

  4. Marty Says:

    I hope that you guys are okay – I was just watching CNN and they were talking about all of the storms you’ve been having, leading to large-scale floods now.

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