… is still better than a good day in the car.
The holidays are over. The new year is here. Most of us are back at work. Even with the cold weather we’ve had this week (until this afternoon) I’ve seen quite a few bicycle commuters. I’ve also had interactions with rude and clueless drivers.
I’ve had at least one near-miss every day this week. It normally takes months to get that many. I’m wearing a lime-green reflective vest, I’m well lit, and I take the lane. What gives?
This afternoon two cars cut me off within five minutes of each other. Both times I was downtown on one-way streets with multiple lanes. The second time, the car braked directly in front of me because another car was stopped at a red light. I had to brake hard to avoid running into him. I rolled along side of his car and rapped on his window. I didn’t expect him to roll it down, but he did.
He was a clean-cut middle-aged man with a foreign accent (Indian?). He was actually quite apologetic. He actually SAW ME, he had changed lanes and went around me long enough to swerve back in front of me while braking. After our (polite) words were exchanged, I rolled in front of him and waited for the light. I think he got the message.
I rode my LHT in it’s “winter trim” yesterday and today. We didn’t have any snow or ice, but I knew there was the possibility yesterday. Pondero wanted some pictures, so I took the camera to work with me and grabbed a few pictures in front of the building.
The new front wheel has a dynohub, but haven’t bought a light for it yet. I will soon.
The new Tektro CR720 wide-profile cantilever brakes feel better and are quieter, but they don’t seem much stronger. Maybe some adjustments can fix that.
The Schwalbe Marathon Winter tires I bought almost two years ago will keep me upright on icy roads.
I’ve run the shift cables along the bars, allowing me to install the BarMitts. I’ll eventually buy some more bar tape and re-wrap the bars.
I haven’t ridden the recumbent this week, but I probably should. My neck hurts, my shoulder hurts, my upper back hurts, and my right hand is tingly.
It is nice to have all the bikes functional again. No more worries about bad weather without the appropriate bike.