I don’t tend to write personal things here all that much any more, but I just wanted to say that I had an awesome weekend. It started off with a mate I haven’t talked to in years inviting me to go checkout the U brew it place in Hume that the Riot ACT tried out… That was great fun, with the mate putting on a great barbecue, and us producing about 200 liters of beer for bottling in a couple of weeks. I don’t think its cheaper than the beers that I would buy from the store, but when you factor in the social event, the barbie, and the fun of doing it yourself it was a great deal. Let me know if you’re interested in coming along next time.
Following on from that Catherine and I went and bought the road bike I have been eyeing off for the last week or so. Its a straight bar road bike, which makes it fast without having that bent over stance that I think looks so silly. Its a very fast bike, and I think my skill level is going to need to increase before I feel fully comfortable on it.
Then today was my birthday. I had a nice breakfast with half my family, checked out the ANU food coop, had a nice lunch at home with the rest of my family, and then got some chores done. I now have a fancy gray water tank in the yard, with an immersible pump. That was especially cool because it got it for a great price. Oh, and I got some really cool presents too, like new tools (I like tools), and three Clarkson books.
Overall, I had fun, got stuff done, and ended up with a great bike. I’m stoked.
I’m on another work trip to Phoenix, although the office is really in Tempe. There’s not a lot of difference really, given that a lot of American cities seem to be much like suburbs of large conurbations. Not much to say, apart from that the hotel is nice and has a water slide, in fact a water park. More to report later.
Random updates on cycling…
Water: apparently water is wet. Specifically, I hadn’t realised how wet fog was until I rode to work yesterday… Visibility was down to about 150 meters, and I ended up having to take my glasses off to ride so that I could see where I was going. When I got to work there was water beading on my eyelashes. Today it rained just before I rode to work (but not during the ride thankfully), which was more the water I am used to.
Wheels and tyres: which brings me onto wheels and tyres. I have basically bald tyres on the mountain bike. I suspect that the current tyres, which came with the bike, are very soft rubber. They only lasted about 1,500 km which I suspect is a bit low. I’m thinking that it’s time to get new tyres so I can actually stop in the wet, but I need some advice… Here’s what I need in tyres:
- Good wet weather performance on hard surfaces like concrete
- Ok performance on sand / very fine gravel (10% of my commute is on such a surface)
- Not too knobbly, as I am riding mainly on those hard surfaces
- Cheapish, around the $30 USD per tyre point?
Any recommendations people? I also suspect my front wheel is slightly out of true. Is that the sort of thing I should do before getting new tyres fitted?
Computers: finally, I think I want a computer which doesn’t need adjustment every time I put my front wheel on (once a day basically) so that it lines up properly. Backlight would also be ok. I can get a “wireless” computer with backlight from Amazon for about $30 USD… Is the wirelessness of it going to suck? I assume it means a lot more batteries to change.