Tuesday, October 20, 2009
Now I'm resolved to try to make Pane au Levain using natural yeasts and a sour starter. I've never loved "sourdough" which I think tends to be kind of harsh, and I'm nervous about having the keep the starter fed etc, but it's worth a try if the bread is anything like the bread we got at Standard Baking company...
Somehow in my travels I managed to wench my back though, which made biking to work a bit tough. I'm fine spinning along, but pushing off and really mashing on the pedals to go fast is a bad idea. As I limped along at a low speed I was thinking about a big flaw in vehicular cycling. To VC, you have to be able to be aggressive, move fast, all the time, be able to take the lane. Some days you just don't feel up to it, and if VC is your only option, I can see why so many people don't want to bike.
I did get to try my new shiny coat. It's a "platinum color" with a metallic sheen, which turns out to be re quite reflective. I was hoping that this would be my winter coat, and I washed it in a water-repellant solution to try to make it "sprinkle proof" . Unfortunately it's not very well sewn, and I've already torn the lining out in two places in three rides. Oh well, at least it's as shiny and reflective as I hoped, Maybe I can sew the lining back in where it's coming apart. Might take in the sides at the same time to give it a bit more shape. Another project