Another weekend for which I’d had grand plans for long rides, beer, fishing, bonfires, and other good things. I managed two shorter rides (2-3 hours each at a leisurely pace), some errands, a few beers, and lots of time in the shop trying to work my way through a long list of fleet maintenance tasks.
And when I did ride, I not only didn’t track my mileage and route, I made photographs using one my old film cameras (an Olympus XA2), so I don’t have anything to show for it yet (and may never since it’s a test roll). So here’s a picture of the bike I spent the most time on this weekend, taken this morning.
As much as I like having a bunch of different bikes to ride, I’ll admit that this particular setup–a beat-up, knocked-together randonneur of sorts–suits about 80 percent of my non-winter riding. It’s not perfect, but it’s damned useful.
And after the amount of time that I spent in the shop this weekend instead of riding, I’m starting to wonder if fewer bikes wouldn’t be better. Especially since more than 8 hours of total shop time only yield this:
- Some building of the 650b Surly Troll (as far as I could without the two small parts I’m missing)
- New fenders for the Polyvalent
- Swapping tires on the Azor Kruis dutchie in preparation for sale (front done, haven’t remembered how to remove the rear wheel yet)
- Various parts swaps here and there (saddles, seatposts, pedals, racks, etc.)
- Getting started on the full overhaul of K’s Raleigh single-speed
- eBay postings of various bits and pieces, as well as a half-dozen saddles
At least I had lots of Radiolab episodes in the podcast queue.