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Whiterock Lake, on the bike trail, down by the water. November 29, 2008

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Whiterock Lake, Dallas, 11/29/08


Took yet another nice 24 mile ride down to and around Whiterock Lake today. Weather was a bit chilly, but not too bad with my inexpensive sweat-wicking longsleeve shirt from Target.

On a different topic, I am planning out my gardens for the Spring and Summer, and trying to get something out of this first attempt at Fall/Winter gardens. There is a lot to learn.

Managed to bike commute a couple of times this month. Pretty sad, actually, but it was not a good month for commuting. Lots of other stuff going on which really required a car — doctor visits during the day, etc,  etc. My goal for the year was 2000 total bike miles. I think I will make 1500.

Potato growing November 19, 2008

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I knew the Aggies had to be good for something.

Here’s a page about growing potatoes.

Gonna try to grow me some ‘taters.

Crossovers November 19, 2008

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I guess the newest marketing gimmick to come along is re-branding small SUVs as “crossovers”.

I saw an advertisment on the web today for the Chevy Traverse. It looks pretty much like an SUV to me. Says it can carry up to 8 people. In my book that is an SUV.

Anyway, the EPA rates this thing at 17mpg in the city, and 24 on the highway. So you know in real life it probably gets worse than that.

If this is what GM can come up with the approach of peak oil (or perhaps on the downside of the slope), I can’t say I’m in favor of giving them a dime of borrowed government money to bail them out.  Just another good reason to keep my 7 bicycles.

Gloves November 19, 2008

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Fox Incline Gloves -- nice and affordable.

Fox Incline Gloves -- nice and affordable.

It’s getting colder now, particularly in the early morning and evenings when I’m riding a lot, so I needed some full fingered gloves to keep my digits from freezing off. Found these Fox “Incline” gloves at Performance Bike today. They are pretty good gloves. They aren’t super warm — but thats fine, as I’ll not be riding in the super cold. Just needed a little something to make the semi-cold more tolerable. Actually, I just didn’t want to spend $40-50 on gloves. These were $19.99, and are good enough.

Not sure what to say about them. They look good, are nice and flexible, and I’ve used them a few times now and I like them.

Peugeot Single Speed Project November 18, 2008

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Originally uploaded by bibliosk8er

A few months ago I picked up a 1986 Peugeot Corbier bike from the police bike sale in Plano, TX. The wheels sucked, but the frame is in great condition. Paint is almost like new.

Last night I removed all the remaing parts from my Corbier except the headset, stem, and bottom bracket. I cleaned the frame really good — the paint is in such good shape I don’t think I’m going to repaint it. Not crazy about the color, but the metal is well protected.

The cranks were practically time-welded on. It was quite difficult to remove them, but a good learning experience, as I had never used a crank tool before.

My goal is to use this to learn some basic bike mechanic skills – cranks, bottom bracket, headset adjustment, etc. I’ll have to get a good single speed wheelset for it. When it is riding and looking cool I will try to sell it for my cost. If it doesn’t sell, I can always just ride it or move the nice wheels to a nicer frame.