Sunday, November 06, 2005
Don Valley Ride
Now back to talking about me. The blog really can be the ultimate in self involvement.
Today I added a bunch of lights on my bike and really wanted to get outside in the beautiful weather this afternoon. I was ready to ride down to the lake, then ride back in the dark on the bike paths. This would give me a good chance to test out my new lighting setup, which consisted of a new Halogen light on the front, to complement my flashing white LED light; and new second flashing red LED light on the rear.
You can see that I'm running out of space. Probably not the best solution.
About 7 kilometres into my ride I started to crank hard up a hill when I heard the strangest grinding, mashing noise. My pannier strap had gotten caught in my chain. This caused my derailleur cogs to get jammed then pull all the way around to the top of my hub. The whole thing looked so out of place, I felt like I was looking at a photograph of someone with their elbow bent backwards. My derailleur is now cracked and my bike is totally out of commission. My wife came and rescued me in her car, since I was too far away to walk and nowhere near the subway.
This will force me to get a few things done I’ve been putting off for months now. One: get my chain and rear hub changed. My chain is so stretched, you can see it easily just by looking at the front chain ring where the teeth only match up with the chain part of the way around. Two: I’m going to go see if I can get my mountain bike into commuting condition. My mountain bike doesn’t have a rack right now, and it doesn’t have the holes built in for bolting a rack on. I’ll have to do a bit of figuring out for this. Better get started.
Darren J 11/06/2005 08:38:00 p.m.
In terms of your lights, you might consider one of those 'swing grip' things. I usually one use a single light at the front, but I generally ride on streets with lots of lighting after dark.
What a bummer about the problems with your bike. I think there are racks made for bikes without eyelet (Old Man Mountain?). Alternatively, you could get one of the larger Carradice saddlebags. You'll have to order it from the US though, as I haven't been able to find any Canadian companies that carry them.
I noticed the Carridice bag on your site, AJR. I'd never heard of it before, but it looks like a really good idea.
The halogen light I added is very low quality. I'd like to put a better one on. The reason I installed it was more for being seen since the roads are wel lit where I ride. I wanted a back up for my flashing LED light, and I figured it's good to have two different sort of colours. Plus two lights might help with depth perception for the drivers.
Later last night I set all my lights up on my mountain bike, which has much more room on the handle bar.