Bicycling in and around Atlanta.
Friday, June 30, 2006
Last night we put the finishing touches on Peep’s new bike. Of course Peep’s new bike is one of my old bikes; we built up my old Gary Fisher Wahoo frame into a nice all around bike for my youngest kid. It’s probably just a hair to tall for her but she’s still growing and I’ve always preferred my frames to be on the big side. This weekend we’re going to ride over to the Silver Comet Trail and give it a proper shakedown.
Building this bike with my kid has been a great experience. Not only did it provide a lot of father daughter time it also allowed her to learn the basics of bicycle mechanics including how to use most of my tools. Photos to follow soon.
Monday, June 26, 2006
Thursday, June 22, 2006
What’s crazier than making I-75 in Cobb County 23 lanes wide? How about adding extra elevated lanes to I-285 across the top end perimeter? Despite the huge costs of these projects nothing seems to indicate that
Wednesday, June 21, 2006
Whoo-Hoo a code red has been called for tomorrow.
Because of the predicted concentrations of GROUND-LEVEL OZONE, air quality in metro-Atlanta is predicted to be "Unhealthy." In this range, outdoor air is more likely to be unhealthy for most people, especially people with heart or lung disease (including asthma), seniors and children. Most people should restrict their outdoor exertion to morning or late evening hours when ozone is low, to avoid high ozone exposures.
Friday, June 16, 2006
I was nearly involved in an accident this morning. I was waiting at a traffic light and had positioned myself in the center of the lane because I was continuing straight through the intersection. When stopped like this I make it a habit to periodically check my mirror to make sure someone isn’t pulling right up on my rear wheel, so imagine my expression when I saw an older Chevy Caprice bearing down on me apparently not slowing down. Instantly I decide to filter past the line of cars on the right and it’s a good thing I did. The Caprice slammed on its brakes skidding into the SUV that was now on my left. It’s probably no surprise that the driver was talking on his cell phone which flew out of his hand and hit the windshield of his car so hard it cracked. I made sure the drivers were ok then waited around and gave to cops my statement before continuing on to work. If I hadn’t moved I would have been a cycling pizza kind of scary to think about. Of course if I had been in my car I would have been smashed anyway because I wouldn’t have been able to move around the stopped vehicles.
Thursday, June 15, 2006
We’ve got another stretch of 90 degree days coming up so why not talk yet again about beating the heat. First as I’ve said time and time again, if you ride in
This weekend: Fathers days shopping spree.
Friday, June 09, 2006
You see me approaching the intersection at a fair speed. We make eye contact. Then after watching me get closer and closer you then decide you need to turn in front of me. Just tell me why you couldn’t wait the five seconds it would take me to clear the intersection. Yeah, I’m talking to you blue Volvo on
Thursday, June 08, 2006
So Google can rank searches by the region requesting them. Hmmm, I wonder
Hummer: Atlanta #9 (
Left Behind Atlanta #7 (Do you notice a trend?)
The Big Chicken: Atlanta #1 (and bizarrely
Lil John: Atlanta #1 (Yeah!)
My old saddle was showing its age. It still worked fine but it looked like crud, so I bought a new one attached it and then took it out for a ride. It only took a few minutes to realize that in the installation I had wacked my seat so far out of adjustment that it just wasn’t comfortable. So I got off the bike and started making adjustments 24 hours later the seat still isn’t right. I consider myself a fairly competent bike mechanic but this is giving me fits. Late last night I thought I had fixed the problem but then on the ride in this morning I felt a distinct numbness in the groin. So I’ll be doing some minor adjustments before I leave for home and hopefully this won’t be a reoccurring problem.
Monday, June 05, 2006
This weekend was pretty active riding wise. I had to run several errands on the bike including a trip to Home Depot in Vinings where there was no bike rack so I wound up cabling my bike to one of their prefabricated children’s area thingajig. After that I decided to take my youngest out to work on her street riding skills we cruised around area roads before cutting through Cochran Shoals over to
Thursday, June 01, 2006
Last night my wife and I took MARTA to the Braves game and I was reminded instantly of
The one good thing about MARTA is that it’s very bike friendly. Racks on all the buses and bikes are welcome on trains.
Well you knew this was coming. According to Sperling’s BestPlaces Atlanta is the most expensive city in the nation for commuters. According to Sperling’s a family with two commuters will spend $5,772 per year. Not surprisingly 8 out of the 10 most expensive cities for commuters are in the south.