entries by topic: bikes

2016/10/22 recently
2014/9/28 Tonight I gave some guy with a mountain bike a ride down 36. What do you do, he asked. Software, I said, what about you? I’m an energy medicine practitioner, he said, everything from professional runners to stage IV cancer. We’ve got stuff that actually works, he said, can you believe it, unlike our friends in the medical world, poisoning people for $250 an hour.
2010/12/5 recent notes
2010/9/25 We come down from car-camping outside of Ned. I buy a new bicycle tire and wrestle it into submission. The sun goes down. It gets cold outside. I sit in the basement, eating pretzels and drinking Rebel Yell while the washing machine spins. I cannot write anything: Wanting to have something to say remains a profoundly unhelpful mechanism for having something to say.
2010/6/24 So here is a web version of the devil made the dinosaur bones #1. It's not very fancy, but you can read it right now without downloading anything. You know, if you feel like it.
2009/7/2 I bought a tire pump the other day. It came with a little bracket and strap combination, intended to screw or ziptie to a bike frame and provide a place to mount the pump. All well and good, but I think I'm noticing a trend here. Like the other mounting widgets gathering dust in my tool closet, this one is general purpose in attaching to a frame and quite specific in terms of the mass-market bike accessory it'll accommodate.
2009/5/3 transcription of an imaginary adventure game
2009/3/22 I am fiddling with my bike. The front derailer1 has been refusing to push the chain over onto the outside chainring, prompting me (genius that I am) to crank way too hard on the shift lever and bend the derailer. In addition to its failure to shift, it now catches on the chainring itself and makes a horrible grinding sound. I have less mechanical aptitude than your average six year old kid, so I'm pretty sure I'm going to wreck something before I even start. Somehow I manage to disconnect the cable, remove and clean the derailer, and re-attach it slightly higher up the tube. After much riding back and forth on a nearby path, I even get the stop screw for the high gear adjusted. Suddenly I am much faster.
2009/3/9 I'm not sure quite what it is, but there is something about Helen DeWitt's writing about the more-or-less mundane details of her daily life, as in this entry about her bicycle and staying in bed and software, which is very appealing.
2009/1/23 another loosely connected series of observations
2009/1/3 The morning of New Year's, I went over to Casey's place on the Hill so he could tune my new (used) bicycle a little.
2008/5/31 i have this vision / of a rickety wooden dock extending out / into some inland sea / a lone bicycle accelerates wildly / and hurls itself from the last plank / arcing into the water / we cut to a view under the surface; / the bicycle sinks slowly into a pile / of corroding frames, handlebars, and tires / as a fish swims away into the murk.
2000/9/4 Monday, September 4, 11:29 CDT / Wow, my hands are sore. Waaay too much Quake last night. Especially since I couldn't figure out how to get my mouse working with svgalib...