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Warm spell

Wednesday, January 26th, 2011

We’re having a warm spell. Monday morning, I was amazed how warm it was: 25°F! And that was in the morning, on my way to class. No need for an extra layer of pants, at that temperature. I guess it was particularly jarring since on Friday we had the coldest day of the year. -1°F, with -8°F windchill.

Here’s a shot of the Trucker in school mode. I mounted the milk crate sideways, which means it doesn’t stick back quite as far. This helps handling a little bit. It’s still awkward at times, but I think it’s worth it. Being able to just throw things in and go is very convenient.

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I upgraded my rear brake. I’ve never been happy with the stock brakes on the Trucker (Tektro Oryx). The new one’s a Shimano. It does seem to have better stopping power, which was my main goal, but it also has much better modulation. It also takes V-brake cartridge-style pads, which seems like it’ll be convenient when it comes time to replace the pads. I’m not 100% sure yet, but if I continue liking it, I’ll upgrade the front to match.

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It got up in the mid-30s Monday, and yesterday too. Yesterday was a particularly beautiful day, the sun shining, warm air, and even some signs of life. Birds were chirping, a woodpecker worked on a tree, squirrels were out and about. Here are some shots from around campus. The light was just beautiful yesterday.

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I was impressed with this tree, which apparently has steadfastly refused to give up its leaves.

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I’ve seen this bicycle a few times around campus. It’s a beauty.

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I couldn’t agree more.

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I got out of class early yesterday so that was a great opportunity to go for a ride. I did 20+ miles on the road. It was such a beautiful day that I took the Bianchi out for a spin! That’s the first time I’ve ridden my road bike this year. The roads have just been too snowy and icy. I did encounter a little snow/slush/ice yesterday, but only in a couple of spots. I also rode harder than usual, and it felt great. I wanted to get the most out of the ride, from a training standpoint. I’m amazed at how responsive that bicycle feels, especially after riding the Trucker around with studded tires all the time.

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By the end of the ride, my beautiful road bike was covered in sand, salt, and road grime. I have some fenders for it, but I have never actually figured out how exactly to install them. I’ll have to do that soon so next time I won’t make such a mess of the bike.

I really hope I can ride the Bianchi again soon. It’s such a joy to ride, and the miles melt away a lot faster and easier on it than on the Trucker.

One Response to “Warm spell”

  1. the flat tire Says:

    Salt on the road must really suck!
    Then again, we got salt in the air.
    That sucks too.

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