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This morning I thought I might ride out the trail again, and I pulled a bike out from under the tarp. I had been riding my three-speed, but I'd busted up the rim (quite a while ago, actually), and it's not a good idea to ride on dented rims.

That said, it is entirely impossible to ride with a frozen bike chain. Fortunately, I had most of a jar of bike lube and an extra-large dose of TLC* to apply, and after well over three hours, the bike was in rideable condition, and I took it out to the trail to run down to Bethesda to buy some ice cream** and a new wireless hub.

More than one person told me that the bike looked like it was in great shape, so I must have done something right. :)

(Sadly, one of the sprockets on the rear derailleur is missing one or more teeth, so I may not get away without spending some money.)

Anyway, it was quite an experience. First, this bike is very much a road bike - it bogged down in gravel quite badly. Second, it's a ten-speed with a very funky derailleur system, so I had the devil's own time getting away from fifth gear for uphills and slow starts. Third, the controls are arranged quite differently (drop handlebars, down tube shifters), which left me quite nervous and timid. Third, I'm not really fit enough to take the bike to where it should go - I was struggling to keep it moving and moving in the right direction, even.

But it was pretty good, nonetheless. Tomorrow, I'll take out the other rust monster and see how I can make it run.

* TLC = Tender Loving Care. With a pair of pliers and a lot of sweating, I must say.

** Sadly, the ice cream shop (Giffords) was closed when I went by, so I ended up buying a Dunkin' Donuts iced tea and bagel.
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h/t to kirabug (who credits Jared Spool).

AnZac Day

Apr. 25th, 2009 06:45 pm
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[livejournal.com profile] pecunium reminds us: April 25th is AnZac Day.
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  • 17:19 RT @hotdogsladies (h/t @Sugarwilla): The web makes more sense if you assume everybody's alone, drunk, and a little heavier than they'd like. #
  • 17:19 Question: what's the opposite of "glurge"? #
  • 17:38 E@fadeaccompli Possibly, but I'm thinking a different axis - something that fits this: jackiesfridge.comicgenesis.com/d/20020911.html #
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  • 13:30 Via LJ::padparadscha - an amputee finds a silver lining. tinyurl.com/c3om3s #
  • 21:57 I just thought of a fantastic way to illustrate stress tensors in a comic, and I just know I don't have the skill or the time to draw it. :( #
  • 23:36 @Sugarwilla Hello! #
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Have you ever been scrolling through your old Livejournal entries and hit one that made you just go, "what the bleep"?

Walking Man

Feb. 1st, 2009 05:57 pm
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It was a gorgeous day today - ~15 °C, clear, calm - so this afternoon I went on a walk! The general idea was to scout out the potential bike-to-school path, which is south on Sligo Creek Trail, then north on Northwest Branch, so I walked to and about a mile down the former before I turned around.

On the way back, I timed myself over the "1.0 mile" between the two road crossings. From which, I calculated that xkcd was right about the velocity of a walking pace (except that 1.5 m/s is 6 kph - but I walk briskly). And also determined that 1 km ≅ 0.622 miles, which is almost correct.

Go me!
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  • 01:26 @fadeaccompli I never watched the commentary to that one! I should check it out when I have a chance. #
  • 11:20 Slept the sleep of the unrighteous. At least it was still sleep. #
  • 11:43 @jephjacques Because Dora's new haircut is *just that awesome*. #
  • 20:09 Huh, Jack Johnson is pretty good. www.jackjohnsonmusic.com/home #
  • 20:20 @Sugarwilla No, there's one tweet I posted, too. (; #
  • 20:23 More linky: check out the fine print on UrsulaV's latest soap label... tinyurl.com/a6dysm #
  • 21:19 @jephjacques "A lot" is a moving bar in all things, exercise most of all. It was. #
  • 21:49 A serious question (for once). It seems widely agreed that news reporting is uniformly terrible. Is there even a market for the good stuff? #
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  • 18:48 Okay, so how many senses is "taste" plus "smell"? One? Two? Five? Six? A bajillion? Inquiring minds want to know! #
  • 20:17 Looking at a list of "Goals of Liberal Education" m'dad posted. I think I only make half. tinyurl.com/5bv94f #
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