11 October 2011

Yet another bicycle

The old mtn bike is not cutting it.

I had a 1970's Raleigh hanging up, not ridden in ten years.

I stripped that on Sunday and added fenders.

Yesterday it was raining when shesha took off on her bike for school so i tried to see how it was. Needs some fine tuning and more stuff, but no mud got on me.

Today was the maiden voyage.

Shesha thought it was cool to ride to school in the rain. Was glad she had rain pants on. Good job Mom for buying those.

05 October 2011

New commuting vehicle

Yesterday I was in my workshop at 0630 and by 1030 I had a temporary commuting bicycle. I specifically needed fenders and a rack. I used Bernice's' old bike that had been dismantled waiting for spares some years ago . Actually this is the first mtn bike I had, it is a Everest mtn bike, no shocks, 7speed.

It is too small for me, which kind of surprised me as when i first started riding again in the 90's it was on this bike. I just didn't know it was too small.

I put on a small front rack and tried a pannier on one side. hardly affected the handling, so now i know. Today i took a computer bag and stood it up on the rack and it wasn't as good but less bike geeky looking.

Picture tomorrow.

New Philosophy. stay away from bags that look like they have a computer in them. So i wont use this bag. Looking for a gunia (gunny sack) to use.
A year ago this guy won the Vodacom Mwanza race. I think 150 km. He broke away and no one wanted to take the energy to chase him down and it got too late and he won the 1.5 million shillings ($1,000).

Being support of another team this should not happen and an embarrassment, but on the other hand way cool.

02 October 2011

Steal anything but my commuting bike!

Thursday night at 8 pm my mtn bike / commutting bike of 13 years was stolen at the shoprite complex.

I always lock my bike. Somehow when we moved from Empire club after a meeting for Elvis's around the world trip to a wine bar I didnt lock it. I put it right outside the door, and was only going to stay a few minutes. Maybe it was the 2 beers before.

Anyway GONE. I was so shocked and pissed. the next morning I could not function. It had all my commuting kit i have been acquiring for some years. Rain gear, lights, pump, tube, reflective sash, etc.

So now i am commuting on my race bike until i can figure out another bike.

Kind of a bad time for it to happen as I dont have excess cash right now and my credit card dont work so i can't order the lights and stuff on line.

Oh well, it is just a "thing" and maybe i have too many things.