Boy, you go away for a couple of days, and when you come back it's fall!
Not many bikes on my vacation- saw a cool pedal powered pontoon thingee, but didn't have my camera in the canoe to document it- sorry! Have also been hosting houseguests, and preparing for more houseguests (including semi- babyproofing things for my 2 YO nephew) so haven't had much to post.
It's funny how sometimes after a couple of days off my legs are full of stored energy, and sometimes I feel completely out of shape. Today unfortunately was one of the latter, and coupled with the headwind and cool mist trying to become rain, it wasn't much fun riding. And unfortunately my commute was one of the better parts of the day.
On a happier note, my generator hub is in, and I hope to go pick it up and start thinking about a new wheel for Minerva.
Steve A, since you're being nosy about money :) the hub was $85, and I'm going to get a consult about re-using the rim, and I expect spokes to be about $30...... I'm going to build a truing stand out of Robert's old fork, and need to buy a spoke wrench....
Before I get too far on that, I need to give Gilbert a bit of love and a tune up before the winter really sets in!
I'm going to edit it this to add:
1) Steve, you know I'm only teasing, and it's a SA hub- only combo generator/ hub on the market AFAIK.
2) The mist had made up its mind by the time I left work, and was really coming down. I discovered that a normal plastic grocery bag makes a pretty darn good pannier cover for my leather pannier bag.
3) I saw another person doing "pass me once" coming down Cambridge street. It was coming down pretty good, and we were both taking the whole right lane (of 2 going downhill). He was waiting patiently 2 cars ahead of me in a queue at a light, and a girl in a red mini was honking at him and yelling at him. There was of course no one in the left lane. As soon as the light changed, she zoomed around him, and immediately had to stop at the next light. The other car between us turned right, and I pulled up next to him and we discussed whether the Massholes come out more in the rain, or if it just drives more of the normal people inside, and therefore skews the sample.
4) While my jeans got pretty soaked the rest of me was fine, and walking around the grocery store, I was not the wettest person there.