Helmet Safety

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After a crash, you should never, ever wear your helmet again. Before tossing it in the trash, however, take these precautions to ensure no one else uses it either:
1. Mark the surface to indicate damage
2. Cut the straps
3. Remove the liner

See below for my disposal pics. We are remodeling our office this weekend, so I determined it was time to say goodbye.

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Time slips away

(Insert obligatory comment about the time since last post, apology and promise to be more prompt, etc etc.)

I’ve been insanely busy.

Doesn’t mean I haven’t been thinking about blogging though, because I have been. I just haven’t done anything about it. I get into this cycle where I want to post something important, and relevant, and meaningful, and then I overwhelm myself, and decide to go do something on my to do list. Unfortunately, that means writing a blog post (which *is* on my to-do list) gets moved way way way down the list.

But, I’m going to do it today. First, here are some things I’ve been pondering, in list form: Continue reading

Tour de Beer

I haven’t been on my bike in over a week. This makes me sad. However, part of the reason is because I went back to my hometown this weekend so the boyfriend could meet the family, and we could snuggle with my new baby niece, who is an adorable 5 pounds and 3 weeks old! She’s in that stage where she just curls up in your arms like “Ok, I’m here, along for the ride. Where are we going? Oh, here’s your arm. I’m going to suck on it because I like food.” TOTALLY ADORABLE.

We also got to spend time doing things in town, like visiting one of the best art museums in the country that’s not in New York or LA. We also got to see, while at that museum, my absolute favorite painting, Judith and Her Maidservant with the Head of Holofernes by Artemisia Gentileschi, a female painter of the Italian Renaissance.  Continue reading

These are the wheels I’ve known…

Before buying my new, sweet, lovely, awesome bike, I rode an old, crappy, beat up, only half-the-gears-work Raleigh Technium that I long-term-borrowed from a friend.

The Raleigh is still in my garage, and I have taken it out a few times this year so far. I don’t know how many miles I put on it, but I first started riding it in 2005, during my first summer at graduate school in the Hudson River Valley of New York state. That summer, among the hot, and the sweat, and the humid, coupled with the stress (oh, the stress, from many fronts) my bike was freedom. I didn’t have a car, but I could hop on the bike, hit the country roads, and pick up fruit from a farm stand, cruise past miles of cornfields, and just be away from it all. Continue reading

Followup on Speedplay Pedals

So, after my epic bad experience with the Speedplay pedals, I have to give props to the guys at REI for getting the Look pedals on my bike super quick, props to the guys at my preferred bike shop, Treads, in Lakewood for taking back the second pair of pedals in a week, and then lastly, the guys at Speedplay for actually *calling* me to check on the issue.

I’m still glad I have the Look pedals, as they haven’t caused me any damage other than that caused by my own lack of balance. And I finally crossed over the 100 mile mark on the new bike!

 

 

May 13, 2012 – Ride Report

Map of the ride – up the platte river to the clear creek trail, out for a bit, then turn around.

Time: 1:47 hours
Distance: 20 miles
Average speed: 11 MPH
Weather: cool & breezy, warmed up to mid 70s
Ride: 3/5

Today’s ride was either doomed to epic failure, or the promise of awesomeness. It was the first day out with my new bike, and the weather was threatening to rain and possible thunder/lightning storms. We were riding as part of International Women’s Cycling Day, with the Cyclofemme event. Our ride organizer was the captain of the “Whirlygirls” team of women cyclists for the Venus de Miles in August.

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