Tuesday, January 16, 2007

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Tuesday, 16 January

I came across this scene on my walk home from work tonight. The street was covered with compact slush--not real wet and not too slippery underfoot. You'll notice that the truck slid sideways (over the landscaping bricks and small trees) into this position. The "door" in the side of the house is brand new.


Somebody (thanks, Ed) sent Old as Dirt a picture of these nifty 700c tires. Thanks to "global warming," he now thinks he needs a rain bike AND a snow bike.


Coach Curly refers to this as the Tandems and Knitting Blog, but O.A.D. thinks it has become a Trees and Knitting Blog. Here's a tree picture too, so you're not disappointed: this is the view from my office.

BTW I'd love to get back to blogging about the tandem, but it has been parked in the living room for weeks, and that's even less exciting than trees with snow, or trucks trying to sneak in the back way.

8 comments:

Argentius said...

We hooked up a set of studded tires for my collegiate teammate's do-everything bike; it was a disc-brake equipped ti 'cross frame, he was heading of to Japan and wanted to ride EVERYWHERE, so he had those tires as an option.

Apparently they work rather well.

Gee, it got to almost 40 today. What wonders! At this rate we just MIGHT have a ride this bloody weekend.

stokediam said...

Can you remember how much fun it is to ride in 40-degree rain? It'll be something new to whine about, though....

Coach Furley said...

Maybe a compromise is in order?? Tandems and Trees Blog

stokediam said...

How about I take up tatting too? Nah, trees aren't half as interesting when they're not in bloom or covered with snow (which leaves about 11 months out of the year). They're just a temporary substitute for tandems, I guess.

Argentius said...

At this point I'd ride with little gnomes hitting me in the head over and over again as long as it didn't make me crash...

andrew said...

I went for the single-speed cross bike for the ride to work this morning. The things a bastardized collection of bike parts, but the 35mm tires did ok on the crud.

Poor road bikers - saw 2 of them walking on the BGT.

Anonymous said...

Rain bike -> temporary snow bike:

http://bikeportland.org/2007/01/17/ziptie-your-tire-for-better-traction/

cool idea.

stokediam said...

Anonymous: that is cool, indeedy, for those of us with disc brakes. I'm not sure about the "technique," though: "Pedal in low gear smoothly and take shallow turns use only rear brake when possible." Would you use bigger, fatter zip ties for deeper, heavier snow? How many miles until a zip tie breaks down? Here's hoping we don't get another chance this winter to find out!