10/07/19 11:51 - ID#60796
So long, trusty steed
But anyways I wanted to write about my bike. Around a month and a half back on a Fwednesday night ride, my poor Trek FX 7.1 bit the dust. The rear drop out snapped right off at the axle! Only 8 years old - I guess I might have killed it by pack mule-ing groceries.
Here it is in it's final moments, looking undignified.
It was my first real bike and first real purchase that took me to my first job, on my first dates, around at school and everywhere!
Here's baby-faced me with it in 2012:
Luckily I was able to find a warranty claim on it with Trek. They sent me back a new Trek FX 1. I thought it was time to move on to a touring bike though, so I traded it in and now I am riding this beautiful Surly Trucker.
Drop handlebars and a steel frame have changed my life - same weight as my old bike and it doesn't even flinch at a pothole or a full load of groceries. I've already ridden to Niagara Falls on it with (e:terry).
Last Modified: 10/08/19 12:15
01/04/17 12:38 - ID#60742
You can tell it's kind of like the basement at Rick's but somehow they found some money to arrange them very nicely.
The random rare bikes they had were insane. They had a 5 seated tandem from the Monkees, a mountain bike with a single sided fork, a bike someone rode literally around the world, and this street-legal fiberglass tricycle car that allegedly got 100mpg in the 1980's.
The weirdest part of the whole museum were the non sequitur jokes scattered around the building. For example. there was a baby doll in a cage with this sign attached.
Or this dummy in a trunk.
Or this neon hippie-bike-part-dance-party room. Which starts blasting this eurodance song "God is a woman" as soon as you walk in.
Last Modified: 01/06/17 12:54
11/20/16 11:00 - ID#60713
We didn't stick around for the results at the GoBike shop at the end but I'm convinced we were in the top third at least.
Last Modified: 11/20/16 11:05
11/07/16 01:02 - ID#60709
Cyclocross in the park
For some reason I always thought they were tiny events but there were at least 100 people there for a giant party. Beer chugging on bikes, two riders running up the stairs with a tandem etc. The course was about a mile long and the whole race was over 4 miles.
I'll have to check it out earlier next year.
Last Modified: 11/07/16 01:09
10/17/16 11:47 - ID#60692
Pearl Street bike lanes
Still wondering why we aren't opting for segregated cycle tracks on these wide streets though. Easier for someone with a snow blower to maintain and no parked cars to infringe. The west side would be great for it considering the truck and fire lanes on the eastern edge.
This week Terry and I made both a chana masala
and a terry-aki tempeh. I think I have these dishes down pat.
Last Modified: 10/25/16 03:39
09/27/16 12:55 - ID#60665
Afterwards we went to "House of Hummus" on Hertel for lunch. It's in the same spot that used to be "Mankeesh and More" and a million other of the same restaurants with different names. I don't know if that's a bad sign but oh well.
The falafel was OK but I really think I like a turkish style better, with cabbage and sauces, lots more vegetable options and the thicker doener bread.
Later at night, (e:terry) went to Squeaky Third Party, and (e:paul) and I went out to bike smut with (e:mike), (e:libertad) and (e:chris). Well, we got to Hot Mama's at ~8:30pm for something that was supposed to start at 9. It didn't start until 10:45(!!). Wtf?
The videos were good but definitely not as amazing as last time. Maybe it was because they were almost entirely lesbian oriented. Anyways we left at the end for The Third Party, I almost wish we had gone to that. The Agway warehouse space was awesome and the music was decent when we got there. Afterwards I hung out with (e:yesthatcasey) for a bit.
Last Modified: 09/29/16 10:47
09/19/16 09:21 - ID#60658
Tour de Farms
It poured almost the whole day, but it was warm. Once I got soaked I really didn't care about the rain.
Although I've seen the urban farms 3 times now, and the ride is slow-rolly. I think I'll just skip those for the lunch and end party in the future.
The food on the ride is amazing. Some sort of califlower mash, a purple and green bean potato salad, the best corn on the cob and a tofu burger.
(e:paul) and terry took the bus back with Jeremy, but I rode with some of the other bikers. It rained even harder on the way back.
We rode through Alden into Lancaster, down the heritage trail, down to Como Park Boulevard. Como Park has huge 10 ft bike lanes on each side.
At this point we stopped at Hotel Bellevue. No good beer but a Yuengling was $1.75!
Still pouring but we continued down to Union, where a rail trail took us all the way to William. So now I know you can get to country roads avoiding almost all traffic. I think I rode about 75 miles for the day.
Last Modified: 09/22/16 10:12
09/11/16 10:38 - ID#60648
I thought I could count on the ride leaving late from Essex, but they were gone and I had to text find out where they were going. While I was waiting I ran into my mom's friend Leslie. She was taking out a cyclist who was staying at their house from warmshowers.org. It's essentially couchsurfing but for people who are traveling long distances by bike. I want to put our house on it.
Anyway I found out from Alex the ride was going to Dalmatia hotel in Old Town Tonawanda. So I raced up there to meet them, but it turns out I beat the ride.
I didn't want to go in yet so I sat on the curb with my bike. These three guys were arguing outside the bar, threatening to kick each others asses. They break up for a few minutes, and one walks down the street. Then a few minutes later, this 40ish year old guy comes back with a bag around his shoulder and starts yelling at one of the guys he fought with before. Almost 100% sure it was a gun bag, it looked like this: . The other guy starts yelling he's going to call the cops and runs down the block.
I never thought I'd be nervous to be of Tonawanda but there you go.
Obviously I went inside the bar, when the rest of the ride gets there. It turns out this bar is amazing. There were a ton of friendly bros, a CBW beer was $3, Hamburg double IPA was $3.50 (sounds like a lot but it was a full 16oz and 8%, which is amazing for a bar) and a bunch of drafts were only $2.
They even had a black bean burger but i didn't try it.
Last Modified: 09/12/16 01:51
08/30/16 11:45 - ID#60636
Bright lights, big duck
I love the green paint and the general quality of the pavement. Especially compared to what it was before.
But the LED streetlamps are blinding, especially coming on and off the dark streets on the west side. There's no trees to limit the glare either. I really wish they would either tone them down or pick a warmer color temperature, instead of putting a sodium lamps wattage into a white LED. It's really the same problem on Ohio Street too but much less traffic.
Then I saw the giant duck down at Canalside. Even at midnight people were lining up to take pictures of it.
But by yesterday it was already gone ;(
I stole this picture from (e:czarkasm)'s facebook. Who knew it would goatse everyone on the way out?
Last Modified: 08/31/16 12:44
08/17/16 12:05 - ID#60622
Skiballs at Pocketeer
Down by the river, in a secret rail bridge spot.
And over to Pocketeer, I've heard about it but this was my first time. It was like a giant adult Putt Putt, just as run down. Pool tables, pinball machines, ski balls, and cheap beer.
(e:terry) kicked my ass at skiball. I think he won pool with Nathan too. Where was the hustle when you need it?
chomp that pole (e:terry)
On the way home half of us inhaled a pizza and purple gatorade.
Last Modified: 08/17/16 12:26
- going out