Spin Viddy

adventures in biking and commuting…

The Spoke Broke

Broken Spoke On Lemond

Broken Spoke On Lemond

I remember hearing the metallic ping but when I looked down I didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary and the Lemmy wasn’t handling any different from normal so I just kept riding.  That was yesterday afternoon on my ride home from work.  This morning was the same as any other.  I went out the door with my bike and rode up the street to 7-11 to get my fix of Rockstar.  Again, nothing out of the ordinary in regards to how the bike was handling the rode so I didn’t think much about what had happened yesterday.  I did my business inside of 7-11 and when I came out and was walking my bike to the street I heard that metallic pinging sound again.   This time I made a closer inspection of the frame and wheels and sure enough, broke spoke.

I was at the halfway point of my commute and I had to decide whether or not to ride to the MAX and just go to work and deal with this later, or turn around and ride home and then swap bikes.  There was no real damage to the tire or wheel so I took a chance and continued on to the MAX.  So there you have it, another thrilling day of commuting by bike.  Luckily I have extra spokes at home so this will be an easy repair.

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September 13, 2009 Posted by | Bicycle, Commuting, Culture, Writing | , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Bicycle Maintenance: Brake Replacement

After seven months of daily commuting in both the heat and rain of Oregon, it was time to replace the brakes on my 2008 Lemond Fillmore.  As you can see by the photo below, there was not much stopping power left on the original brake pads.  A quick trip to Performance Bicycle here in Beaverton solved that problem.

Brake Replacement In Progress

Brake Replacement In Progress

I picked up two sets of Shimano BR-7900 brake pads and within a few minutes I had replaced the old, worn out pads with a set of grippy new ones.  I had been meaning to get this maintenance out of the way several weeks ago but one thing or another had sidetracked me.  Now my Lemond is all set to stop on a dime whenever I need it.  Having the ability to stop quickly is a necessity when you ride the mean streets of the suburbs like I do.

Newly Installed Brake Pads On Lemond Fillmore

Newly Installed Brake Pads On Lemond Fillmore

September 11, 2009 Posted by | Bicycle, Culture, Writing | , , , , | Leave a comment

Sunday Morning: Wet (thank god)

It’s Sunday morning and it’s raining and I’m so very happy.  I’m sorry, but this part of Oregon is not cut out for hot summers and this year we had more than enough days in the 90’s and 100’s and I am looking forward to the rain and overcast skies.  Call me crazy but that is one of the reasons I moved here.

The Lemmy Headed Westbound on MAX

The Lemmy Headed Westbound on MAX

I looked like a complete dork this morning because I had left my waterproof booties at work yesterday so to protect my shoes this morning I had to wrap them in plastic grocery bags.  Thank god that nobody is up at 4:30am my fashion faux pas went undiscovered.

September 6, 2009 Posted by | Bicycle, Commuting, Culture, Outdoors, Public Transportation, Tri-Met, Writing | , , , | Leave a comment