Bicycling in and around Atlanta.
Friday, November 16, 2007
Tuesday, November 13, 2007
Bike $35 used.
Fenders free discarded by friend when he upgraded
Panniers $40 on ebay
Handlebars $9.99 Nashbar
So we're looking at a total cost of $85 for this bike. My best estimation is that I have something like 5,000 miles on this one so that's roughly 1.7 cents per mile. I would call that a bargain.
Friday, November 02, 2007
The Cochran Shoals trail is crushed stone but nice and wide.
Who is that mysterious cyclist
Columns Drive remember it's not a bike lane it's a paved shoulder.
A sign of the times: house and Lexus for sale
Today's road treasure.
Tuesday, October 30, 2007
Yeah life is better on a bike.
Monday, October 29, 2007
The parking lot at Palisades West.
It runs right under I-75
There's lots of dog doo so you have to be on the look out.
Rottenwood Creek looks pristine here.
But don't let that fool you.
Hey here's a hill.
Evidently there's a dispute between the feds and Cobb County about who is responsible for trash pickup.
The parking lot at Cumberland Blvd & Interstate North.
So how was the ride? Short. It's actually not a bad way to skip riding on Cumberland Blvd and 41 in Cobb County as it dumps you right by the river. They seem to have built it as cheaply as possible, instead of the smooth concrete it's made of the rough stuff you see in the dog doo picture. But if you want to practice climbing a hill on a mup I'll doubt you'll find a better opportunity in Atlanta. One word of advice, unlike the Palisades West parking lot, there's no charge to park at Cumberland & Interstate North.
Wednesday, October 24, 2007
Wednesday, October 17, 2007
After returning home my wife called and asked me to go to Macy's and pickup some things for her. So back on the bike and off to the mall. There was a bike rack right outside Macy's but it was one of those old fasioned wheel benders. Then on the way home I decided to swing by Borders where I saw many books I wanted but since I'm still unemployed I thought I had better wait.
Friday, October 05, 2007
Thursday, October 04, 2007
Monday, September 17, 2007
It's not that I didn't love my other bikes but the mountain bike was rarely ridden, the hybrid was never ridden, and the Centurion went to a good home. The other part about being unemployed is that I have plenty of time to ride. So now the miles are adding up.
Friday, August 10, 2007
Wednesday, July 25, 2007
Monday, July 23, 2007
Monday, June 18, 2007
Tuesday, June 05, 2007
Thursday, May 24, 2007
Tuesday, May 22, 2007
Monday, May 21, 2007
Not one of the reports I saw mentioned bicycling as an alternative to driving. Let's see, I don't remember the last time I put gas in my car, I'm in great shape, and I don't have to pay for parking. Bicycling, good for my heart, good for my wallet, good for my city.
P.S. As gas prices have climbed I have noticed a slight increase in transit use which is a good thing.
Wednesday, May 09, 2007
Tuesday, May 01, 2007
Friday, April 20, 2007
Thursday, April 19, 2007
And you know what I can see why he did, he must have been watching me trying to get at the lock for at least two minutes, for all he knew I was just a well dressed bike thief. I told him that my name and address were etched on the seat post. Then I pulled it to show him where it was at. That satisfied him but with all the thievery that goes on I'm glad he showed enough interest to check me out.
Friday, April 13, 2007
As a bike commuter you've always got to plan ahead. Flats, mechnical failures, or even a turn in the weather might force you off your bike. My backup plan is to take the bus to the Sandy Springs station. So as my cramp intensified I stopped at the nearest bus stop, waited for the bus and began to stretch. And I waited, and waited, I know the bus schedules pretty well and I knew the bus was running late. Then it came barrelling over the hill and nearly flew right past me. I loaded by bike on the rack, (got to love MARTA's bike friendliness) and began one of the most harrowing bus rides of my life. I mean this was slapstick comedy, sterotypical third-world bus driving, kind of crazy. The bus driver flew down the roads far in excess of the 35 mph speed limit. We hit a dip in the road and by heart jumped as I heard the rack hitting the asphalt. Needless to say I was relieved when we finally reached the train station.
Monday, April 02, 2007
At one point on the train ride my car had three bikes in it, not bad.
Update: The combination bus/bike trip home took 52 minutes. Not bad.
Sunday, April 01, 2007
Wednesday, March 28, 2007
Monday, March 26, 2007
If you can't tell, I'm not a fan.
Friday, March 23, 2007
Now you can repeatedly reload the tickets but these things are flimsy and are lucky to last one week much less the 90 days they're good for. When MARTA adopted the Breeze system the rational was to make it harder for fare cheats but now it seems clear that the real motivation was to provide a new revenue source for a transit system that can't increase their fares.
Friday, March 16, 2007
Friday, March 09, 2007
As I said I've got no problem with high gas prices but I would rather see the money going to the government instead of Exxon/Mobile. So I'm saying why not another $2.00 in Federal taxes on gasoline? Sure people seem to have gotten used to $2.00 a gallon but how would they deal with $4.00 a gallon? The only way were going to break our addiction to gas is shock therapy and better now than later.
Friday, March 02, 2007
Wednesday, February 28, 2007
Friday, February 23, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
Tuesday, February 06, 2007
One of the perils of relying on a bicycle to get you places is that occasionally you pull, twist, or pinch something, and suddenly you’re not going anywhere. I guess one of the things about getting older is that this happens with more regularity now. So I’m off the bike for a couple of days. Carpooling isn’t so bad, except for the fact that I’m in a car and not on a bike.
Tuesday, January 30, 2007
Bike Portland has an interesting post about how the Feds feel
MARTA: Still no rail service to Cobb, Gwinnett, Paulding or Coweta counties.
Beltline: Not dead but certainly dying.
Commuter rail to Lovejoy: I’m pronouncing this project dead.
Ok, here’s a crazy idea. We desperately need transportation alternatives in metro-Atlanta; and we really don’t want to pay for them. So why not use existing freight rails for a commuter train. Yeah, the ride will be terrible but it beats sitting in traffic. CSX has a line that runs from
Sunday, January 28, 2007
Wednesday, January 24, 2007
Found Magazine is a natural read for the utility cyclist. As I wrote in Road Treasures, being out and about on your bike naturally lends itself to finding the discarded remnants of society. Found Magazine collects these found objects and submits them for your consideration. The result is accidental genius.
Tuesday, January 23, 2007
Wednesday, January 17, 2007
Monday, January 15, 2007
Wednesday, January 10, 2007
Last month I mentioned that consideration was being given to tearing up
Columns Drive is a lovely little street that runs from the east side of the Cochran Shoals section of the
Did I forget to mention that
In the end I just don’t see what the big deal is. Even on it’s most heavily biked day, cars out number bikes on Columns drive 3 or 4 to 1, perhaps they’re just jealous of the fact that the cyclist are outside enjoying that beautiful stretch of road without paying a million dollars.
Winter has returned to
Here’s my winter commuting attire from the bottom up:
Khakis, or dress pants
Work shirt usually something white and button down
Now on rainy days I usually wrap up my work clothes and instead replace them with REI convertible pants, a long sleeve tee, and a rain jacket. Because it’s so much easier to stay cool in the winter, there’s no need to shower when I get to the office, making my winter commute 10-20 minutes shorter than the summer commute.
Alas, it appears our visit from winter will be a short one, this weekend’s forecast in for highs approach 20 degrees C.
Monday, January 08, 2007
Saturday, January 06, 2007
Most of the this way to Perimeter is a designated bike route so you see these little signs.
Turtles preaching religous harmony.
After a quick stop at REI I decided to hop the train into town. One of the great things about MARTA is that they allow bikes on the trains at any time of the day. A short ride later I was in midtown and I quickly rode to Ansley Park.
Peachtree Circle is one of the few streets in Atlanta where the words bike lane and door zone go together.
After a quick ride through Ansley I entered Piedmont Park.
I took some photos of the midtown skyline.
While riding around the park I saw two people named Rob and Amber. You could tell they were Rob and Amber because their shirts and those of their entourage proudly proclaimed, were Rob and Amber and were with Rob and Amber respectively. Rob and Amber were evidently hyping their new show.
After leaving the park I rode across midtown to West Peachtree. West Peachtree features subpar bikelanes.
The new 5th Street bridge has much better bike lanes.
This is where the ride went downhill. I cut through the Georgia Tech Campus to Atlantic Station, then across 17th Street toward Howell Mill. About this time my right pannier falls off and goes skidding across the street. Of course this is the one with the camera in it. So I do a highly illegal turn and manage to pick it up just before the oncoming bus crushes it. I reattach the pannier and head on my way again. That's when I notice a strange noise from my bottom bracket. It get worse when the crank is under load so I try and take it easy but the route home is pretty hilly. In fact I was paying so much attention to the noise I make a wrong turn and wind up in one of the hillest parts of town. Don't ask me how but soon I'm totally lost, facing hill after hill, and by BB making a terrible noise. I had ridden through lunch and I was getting tired, I stop a couple of joggers for directions and they tell me the road I'm looking for is to the left just over the real big hill. I eventually find my way and make it to Paces Ferry Road. A little while later I make it to my last stop, the library. After that it's straight home where I calculate the useless ride stats.
46 KM ridden
5000 Calories burned
328 meters of climbing
Friday, January 05, 2007
I rode out for lunch today and got caught in a heck of a storm. It went from overcast to raining cats and dogs in just minutes. So I dived into the local Moe’s and ate a burrito while I waited for the weather to pass. I know a lot of people would find this frustrating but one of the things cycling has taught me is that there’s just no reason to always be in a hurry.
Tuesday, January 02, 2007
For 2007 in no particular order:
Get a new job, one that doesn’t fill me with dread every Monday morning. I’ve made the same resolution every year for the last seven.
Personally convert to using the metric system. So instead of measuring my rides in miles I’ll do it in kilometers. (I remember when I was a kid in the 70’s the country made a big push to convert to metric, it’s a shame they didn’t stick with it.)
Ride more, drive less.
Pay off all of my debt.
Take things less seriously, although this may seriously hamper my ability to get a new job or pay off all of my debt.