Mountain Bike Shenanigans

June 24th, 2011

Not much to report really. This week has been terrible for any riding as I was on a training course for three days and driving and then had to walk in for various meetings yesterday, so today is the only day I’ve been on the bike since Friday last week. Clearly this isn’t good enough and one of the reasons has been the broken nature of both the Singlespeed and Remedy.

On all the bikes other than the Cross bike the pedals need replacing. I have had enough of Crank Bros pedals and so I am undertaking a programme of reSPuDification. I ordered new cranks and pedals for the Singlespeed yesterday so at least that will be back in action soon!

New Way Home
June 6th, 2011

Amazingly after all these years doing the same old, same old route to and from work, I’ve found that there is a route that runs parallel for just over half of the whole journey and is on quieter roads with a cycle lane. Amazing. It’s my preferred route home and takes about the same amount of time, but is definitely better for my temper. In other news, Eggbeaters are finally off the ‘cross bike in favour of SPDs. First ride on them tonight on the way home, they have to be an improvement even if they are twice the weight. I am not going to miss spontaneous ejection of my feet into the front wheel. Finally, check the tech: Cycling Apps.

Campus Graffiti
June 2nd, 2011

I have a Blackberry 8310 as a work phone and to be honest the camera that’s built in is about as useful as a solar powered torch, but nonetheless as I carry it around with me all day every day so it does occasionally come in useful for snapping photos. One of the good things about the university is the witty graffiti* that appears from time to time. I’m not sure what context this advertising poster was in.

Campus Graffiti

Annoyingly I can’t remember or read what it says on the line under “it depends what TV”, which is a shame, but does leave it open for you to suggest comments…

*Don’t assume the students are responsible. I know two academics who have admitted to carrying permanent marker pens so that they can correct spelling mistakes and poor grammar on various signage and notices that they encounter.

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