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Mar. 28th, 2005

08:08 pm - Good weather!

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I fixed my bike today. I bought a helmet today. I mounted my fantastically cool new Arkel Bags. (*) I bought a helmet. I inflated my tires. I readjusted my bell. I lubed my chain. And I went for a ride. In shorts and a t-shirt.

I feel really good about this new weather, and tomorrow promises to be even better.

I ended up at Best Buy where I bought some accessories for my video camera for a videography project that I have volunteered for on Wednesday.

(*) For anyone who rides bike, I can not recommend Arkel enough. These bags are AMAZING. The handlebar bag has this metal mounting bracket that goes on the handlebars and a metal dohicky on the bag that just clicks on and off. It's really SOLID and the easiest bar bag to take on and off that I've ever had. And the map holder that is built into it is fantastically cool. The backpack panier is built like a tank. It has seriously waterproof zippers (as does the bar bag), a very hard core aluminum mounting assembly, and is made of seriously unrippable materials. The bag is spacious and it has an external pouch specifically for stowing a helmet. When I get off my bike it takes me a trivial amount of time to unsnap my bar bag, put it in my panier, put my helmet in my panier, pop out the backpack straps and have all my theftable bags and stuff in one comfortable package on my back. I keep my cell phone in the map case so I can see the time on it while I ride. I think the map case will be generally useful for stowing all kinds of flatish, information bearing electronic gadgets (e.g. gps, mp3 player, etc). And while these bags weren't cheap they weren't really much more than other much inferior bike bags so if you're already in the market for a $100 panier, why not get a $125 backpack-panier.

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From:nomadwolf
Date:March 29th, 2005 08:55 am (UTC)
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Man, I spent half of this afternoon looking at panniers. Between that and Kaiser's monster tour, I really want to try touring... like tomorrow. I've never done any real touring, although I did try to do a 4-day trip back in Taiwan. But that was just with a backpack. Maybe I wouldn't've had to worry about those last 20km on day 1 if I had a tent to sleep in (though space to place it was sparse).

Sadly, it's a bit unsafe to bike here with the driving habits. But I'm itching just to get on a bike...

nuts. I have to get back into shape before I even think about spending a good $300-400 on panniers and the like.

Opeth -- Deliverance -- Wreath (11:10)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:March 29th, 2005 04:17 pm (UTC)
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Yah Greg's tour is really inspiring to me too. Especially since besides wanting to ride really far, I also want to visit Chiapas, Venezuela, and Colombia to see some aspects of the political scene there first hand.

arun251 and I tried to do a two day trip (100 miles per day) to Chicago once but we were foiled by the Worst Weather Ever (freezing rain in May and 60MPH crosswind gusts) and by the time we made it to Kankakee we slept the night (with no heat!) and called for our friends to pick us up the next day.

duck2ducks, dsjones, rolandkale (and brother), and I tried to do a 4 day trip (20 miles per day) from northern Illinois up into Wisconsin and back but halfway through the second day rolandkale's front fork fell off while going down a hill.

So sadly, I've never really been on a real tour. I want to very badly. And I will. arun251 and I at the very least have GOT to conquer that Chicago journey. It is a moral imperative.
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From:aethyric
Date:March 29th, 2005 12:58 pm (UTC)
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this is awesome. i was on a mad hunt for good panniers back when i was in c-u. (though i've since given up that dream/desire with a lack of good riding surfaces into town from my new home, with mechanical bicycle problems beyond my expertise and with the new backcountry packing obsession.) i swear we need to start a community for Very Cool Gear Reviews of All Kinds. also, kudos on the helmet. i still can't bring myself to wear one of those things. (after all, i survived childhood's dirt trails and homemade dirt and plywood ramps, damnit.) *sheepish*
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From:zarfmouse
Date:March 29th, 2005 03:26 pm (UTC)
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I usually wear a helmet for the first month or two of every season and then invariably lose it somewhere (take it off at destination, forget to pick it up on return) or drop it (at which point it is technically no longer guaranteed to provide any safety because internal integrity is compromised, so why wear it at all?). I'm hoping that with the pouch in my backpack/panier that it'll be easier to keep track of.

I've survived MUCH biking without a helmet but I've had enough close calls that I do feel a lot more comfortable with one on. I mean when riding on Prospect over the interstate overpass with speeding cars on one side, a 6 inch curb on the other, and those evil drainage gates in your "swerve path"....there's definitely a lot of fatal potential scenes playing out in the imagination.

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From:nomadwolf
Date:March 30th, 2005 04:10 am (UTC)
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or drop it (at which point it is technically no longer guaranteed to provide any safety because internal integrity is compromised, so why wear it at all?)

..Because a compromised hemlet is still likely to work better than nothing?
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From:zarfmouse
Date:March 30th, 2005 02:14 pm (UTC)
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Yah, but if I think that way there's no incentive to buy a new one. :)

Mostly it's just an excuse for forgetting. :)
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From:culfinglin
Date:March 29th, 2005 04:27 pm (UTC)
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i'm glad you're enjoying the good weather and having fun on your bike. :)
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From:arun251
Date:March 29th, 2005 05:36 pm (UTC)
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I totally wanted to come with today, but I'm feeling sick. :-\ Seems like it always happens every spring -- I'm sick for the most beautiful day ever. I'll take a slow ride to work, though! :)
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From:zarfmouse
Date:March 29th, 2005 05:38 pm (UTC)
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Well after all my slack yesterday, I decided that I need to get some serious work done today anyway, so I'm not going to do much of a ride. I might ride up to farm and fleet and buy some socks and stop somewhere for lunch.

Hope you feel better soon! I've been fighting something for several days myself. Sucks.
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From:arun251
Date:March 29th, 2005 07:37 pm (UTC)
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Thanks! Yeah, this cold is annoying since I just shook some sickness a little more than a week ago.

It's too windy today for a good long ride, anyway. :)
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From:nomadwolf
Date:March 30th, 2005 04:11 am (UTC)
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Yeah, the wind was the main detractor about biking in Concepcion, Chile. The wind in the afternoon was just nuts... it gave me trouble driving at times. Damn coasts...
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From:msphys
Date:March 31st, 2005 06:45 am (UTC)
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Those are some bad-ass bags. I should probably get a bike first, though.
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