Kate and I are in Seattle, celebrating her birthday. She went to get her hair cut his morning and I went out with the camera, shooting 100 frames in about 40 minutes, focus set to infinity, aperture priority mode, no viewfinder, with the lens dialed to 28mm. Here's a collage of 16 of the 100 shots:
I'm not actively blogging here anymore. But if you got here because you were searching for something about bikes, you might want to check out my latest project, Vermont Goldsprints. In summer of 2014, I bought a used goldsprints racing setup and have made it a mission to get more bikes in more people's faces by putting on fun races in unexpected places. Come join me!
Blogging about the changes in my fixed-gear bike yesterday provided me with the motivation to make the final changes to it today. Grinding the chainring bolts down a bit allowed me to install the larger, 53-tooth chainring that came with the crankset that is on this bike. Of course, I also swapped the cog in back to a 22. For those keeping score, that means I've gone from a 39X14 to a 53X22 gear, which is a slightly easier gear. More importantly, the larger ring and cog mean that far more teeth are engaged with the chain both front and back, for more security and a more positive feel in terms of being connected to the drivetrain. My neighbor's son-in-law gave me these sweet chrome fenders, and a flip of the bars and installation of brake, lights and grips rounds out the changes. Altogether, the bike looks a lot less racy and more civilized, and so is the ride. Body position is more upright, but this thing still cooks just fine and is far lighter and nimbler than its form suggests.
I ran in shorts for the first time this year today. Sure, I could have been out there in shorts a month ago, but today it really felt like I could put them on and not have to go back to the long pants I've been running in for the last six months. Here's hoping. Spring brings a whirlwind of night meetings and extended retail shifts, and not a great deal of free time, but I'm enjoying my work. The paths are busy with recent returnees to the outdoor fitness thing, and you can see the winter's inactivity in their pained grimaces. Kate and I are both glad we persevered through the winter. It makes the return of good weather even better when you're in shape for it. I've really enjoyed riding my three speed dumpster bike fixie conversion this spring as well. It's much lighter than the old Trek. Here's a picture of what it used to look like: Next time, a picture of it in its current configuration.