Bicycling in and around Atlanta.
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.