Tuesday, August 19, 2014
Yesterday was bike fitting day for the hubs. I'm on vacation this week. I get more vacation time than the hubs so he's working Mon & Tues to save a few days for later in the year.
Meaning that since his appointment at the bike shop was for 6:00 and he usually gets home around 5:30 I decided that it would be helpful to put the bike rack on my Jeep.
The Jeep I've had for 4 months and never put the bike rack on before.
Even better I decided this at around 2:00 when the muggy heat was hitting its peak. Hey, that's a perfect time to root around in the shed. The shed is where hubs gets to really express his anal retentive nature. He has little pegs and shelves, everything is so neatly arranged its a little scary. Meaning that I instantly spotted the bike rack. The problem is that he had it up in the rafters beside the surf boards and ski rack. I got the thing wrestled down, but it was not easy. I kept thinking that something big and heavy was going to fall down and nail me in the head, but I pulled it off. Even better, got it on the Jeep without damaging myself, the jeep, or the bike rack.
Next up, locate the little plastic box with the pin and all those rubber bits that hook the bike onto the rack. When I had an Escape this box lived under the seat. I fiddled around under the seat but failed to locate it.
back to the shed - nope
in the utility closet in the house - nope
with the bike stuff in the storage room - good idea but nope
back to the shed - still no
fiddling around the Jeep ooh ooh maybe with the spare tire - nope
sent a text to the hubs - OMG OMG I think we traded the Escape in and didn't take out the bike rack stuff
He told me that it was in the compartment under the seat cushion in the passenger side of the Jeep.
There is a compartment there?
Fast forward to the bike pickup. The pedals are not in. It's going to be Wed or Thurs, butt hey still did the fitting while I did the important stuff like find a water bottle cage that matched his bike and picked out his lights and flat kit. We left with a helmet and water bottle. Kind of a lot of money to just walk out with a helmet and water bottle. We pick up everything else on Saturday.
Then the hubs I suppose in an attempt to be consolatory said that it was good practice to put the rack on the Jeep and now I know where the parts are kept.
If I kill him can I return the bike for a full refund?
I'm not sure about this little event on the 1st. I really want to do it but he's going to have had his new bike for a little over a week. I recall the first few times I went out on my road bike and let's just say that seat take a bit of getting used to. I don't want him to overdo it and then end up really sore and lose interest.
He wants to do the group ride on Sunday that the store puts on. That is a 20 mile no drop ride so I'm going to wait to see how it goes before I figure out what to do about the 30 mile ride.
yup I do have pirate flags on my tire stems - let that be a warning to ye
Monday, August 11, 2014
Yup I got that exact comment today when I mentioned that I really wanted to ride my bike but if its raining I'm going to go swim at the Y.
deeply fascinating but its important to make long term plans
I try to be very zenlike about things. Also I'm a shotokan blackbelt. Those two factors were having a vicious debate. Zen won out and besides obviously this guy does not like cyclists so if I turn both barrels of fury on him it won't exactly win him over, satisfying as it may be.
I reined it in to code yellow.
So I said, yup they do according do Johnny Law anyway.
Then he countered with, "don't tell me you're one of those people in cutesy little bike clothes riding 20 mph down the street causing road rage"
CODE RED breathe breathe
I got it down to code orange which was tough.
Those cutesy little bike clothes have padding where nature didn't put any. You know what, I was at the Y over the weekend. There were people doing yoga in yoga clothes, people playing basketball in basketball clothes and most bizarre people running in can you believe it running clothes. So what is your point?
Besides, 20 mph is pretty good. Was this downhill? I'd love to average 20 mph.
Then his argument was that the city should build a track for cyclists to keep them off the roads.
Ok I give up - CODE RED
Well maybe you don't realize this since you don't actually live IN the city like I do but we do actually have a track for cars. They do those sprint cup races out there. Maybe you should get off the road since you seem to be the problem and go drive around and around in circles or better yet, stay in South Carolina since that's where you pay property taxes. Those roads are MINE, I'm the one whose paying taxes on them.
Yea I went there.
On a prettier note my figs are ripe now. I have to admit that I've eaten quite a few and was a bit nervous when I pointed my macro lens at one fearing what I would see. Thankfully there was no detectable extra protein, at least not in this one.
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