Amelia is a different bird altogether

Wow. The only similarities between riding a road bike and riding a mountain bike is that you have to pedal to move either one of them.
Got my new bike all set up to ride and took her to work this morning.
For one – the geometry is entirely different. you have to use your body in a very different way on a road bike. you don’t manhandle the bike quite so much. and you have to reeeeeeally lean over to get into a comfortable position. i’m inflexible, by the by.
For two – holy hell can you haul bizzalls on a roadie! i bet i hit upwards of 40mph going down some hills this morning. i didn’t actually time it this morning but i think i got to work about 10 minutes earlier – that means just about 25 minutes of total ride time.
For three – your shifters are index-fingered instead of thumbed.
For four – wearing a bikepack while riding a roadie isn’t quite so comfortable as while riding a mt. bike.
For five – west bottoms+skinny tires=crotchal vibratory action
Can’t wait to get an odometer/speedometer working.

In other biking related news, last night Chris G. and I headed to Lawrence to ride the river trails. The back half was a complete washout. I guess the heavy rains really wrecked shop down there. Part of the trail that rides along the river bank was completely washed away and the trail maintainers had to build a new route. All in all though, a great night for a ride. We saw one other biker and two joggers.

Amelia is a different bird altogether

Airless in KC

Riding to work – 11th and Grand. I hop up on the sidewalk to avoid the bus convoy bearing down upon me. Ride through the bus stop and a dude calls to me:
“Hey, you gotta tube?”
I stop. Dismount. “Yes I do. You good to change it?”
“Oh yeah. I don’t know how it got flat.”
I look at the tire. “Oh man, these tires are worn well thin.”
“I ride the shit out of it.”
It’s a decent bike and I say so.
“Man, they got this real nice Schwinn down at the pawn shop for $99.”
“You gonna buy it?”
“I’d like to.”
I’m looking at his tire again.
“We can’t change this. You don’t have quick release wheels and I don’t have any tools except for this tire tool.”
“What’s that?”
“Helps you get the tire off the wheel.”
“How much?”
“Maybe 5 bucks…”
“I’m gonna get me one of those.”
“Get a wrench too so you can change out these tubes when you catch a flat.” Another set of buses roll up. “There’s a bike shop down in the River Market. They should have tools.”
“I gotta catch this bus to Prospect.”
I hand him the tube. “Take this. Save you some cash.”
“God bless you, man. What’s your name?”
“Jason.” We shake hands.
“I’m Mark.”
“Good luck.”
“God bless you, man.”

Never underestimate the friendly power of a spare inner tube.

Airless in KC

My daemon (not Matt Damon)

The Golden Compass is coming out this Christmas and the website for the film features a fun little tool that creates a daemon for you. So, this is my daemon based upon my own judgment…

Those of you that know me can transform my daemon by answering a few questions. My daemon isn’t fully chosen until (I think) 12 days from now.

My daemon (not Matt Damon)

And since I didn’t have time to mention it last week:

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And since I didn’t have time to mention it last week:

Make mine a star-bellied sneetch, please

“Now we know we can boot up a chromosome system. It doesn’t matter if the DNA is chemically made in a cell or made in a test tube. Until this development, if you made a synthetic chomosome you had the question of what do you do with it. Replacing the chomosome with existing cells, if it works, seems the most effective to way to replace one already in an existing cell systems. We didn’t know if it would work or not. Now we do. This is a major advance in the field of synthetic genomics. We now know we can create a synthetic organism. It’s not a question of ‘if’, or ‘how’, but ‘when’, and in this regard, think weeks and months, not years.”

Make mine a star-bellied sneetch, please