I’m focused on my bike right now as life is sort of shaking out like this: for most trips near-haul, a bike works best and is the best alternative. All things in West Seattle, except for heavy loads, should be doable on my bike.
It’s been a while since I commuted regularly on my bike…I used to commute everywhere but somehow in the grown-up work world, I stopped. My bike became the ocassional recreational vehicle. This week I realized that this particular bike, a Bianchi, has never been comfortable for riding and I decided to take it in to Aaron’s bike shop to get that addressed and to add a few things like an odometer so I can keep better comparitive records on travel.
Aaron is a bit of a bear but he’s crazy about bikes and cycling so that makes him a good resource. He has two assistants now, a testament to biking in general and his own business focus. Anyhoo, they measured me, measured the bike and informed me my bike doesn’t fit me–uh, yeah. That’s why I brought it in. In order to change the situation, I’d need a new stem, new brake cables…and while we’re at it, the bike could definitely use an overhaul. I couldn’t argue with that, it’d been several years and I used to ride it pretty hard. Well, maybe you can guess how much all that is going to run.
So much for the reduced expense of non-auto travel. I’ll have this all done next week and it will be good to have a bike that fits and rides well but I am sort of bummed at the outlay of cash.
travel: 2 miles RT by bike, that’s all.
Ran across this site yesterday–really like it a lot and blown away by the fact that Kifer was killed by a drunk driver in 2003.