Random Musings on a Rainy Evening
Tonight I should be out doing a Heavy Pedal... Unfortunately the clouds are crying!!!
Well here we are - it's the middle of September, under a week left until it's officially Fall... I guess that means summer is pretty much over!!!
I hesitate to say this in the past tense but it's been a great riding season! Yeah, we'll still be going for a while, there's still a few more in the calendar and of course the Fridays will be happening as long as it ain't pouring, yet the writing is on the wall. So long Summer 2009!!
Luche Libre, Royal City, PoCo Trails, the VO ride - what a great season. I think this year takes the cake for the most cop harassment too (thanks Critical Mass, ya bastards)... But ya gotta pay your dues and recognize all the great ones you DID get away with (Luche Libre?! How the HELL did we pull that off?!?) 'Course there's still plenty of time for some mayhem too - we've got the Parade of Lost Souls, Halloween... Then things get cold!!
In a lot of ways I look forward to the winter. The rides turn in to something a bit more physical (it's too damn cold to stand around all night), there's basically NOBODY out so you don't have to worry about congestion and you come home feeling like you actually accomplished something other than ride around the SeaWall again. I mean last Fall/Winter/Spring we rode all over North and South Burnaby, New West, South Vancouver and even a North Shore ride or two. This year we've got the new bridge open to Richmond and a lot of routes sorted - we'll be in Coquitlam for sure!! Oh yeah, and let's not forget the Central Valley Greenway (which I REALLY want to do this week if it's nice - getting sick of the SeaWall)...
But the good thing about the rain is you get a reason to stay in and maybe get something done. Tonight I tore down my many-miled Sturmey SRC3. There's parts in that hub that are polished almost mirror-smooth from use now. I can't even think of how many 40+ km rides I've done on that hub - it's gotta have I don't know how many thousand km on it. Usual Sturmey stuff - a new pawl spring, replaced a pawl that had a couple chips out of it, otherwise pretty much fine. I actually tore in to this hub when I put Rat Rod 2.0 together and replaced the pinion pins, they all looked fine this time around, go figure. Oh yeah, changed up my grease mix - this time it's almost entirely white lithium with moly just on the actual brake parts - seems to have less drag, we'll find out tomorrow night!
Vancruisers has been smoking busy this season even if I haven't been getting around to writing much. Thanks to all of you who took the time to write up some articles and musings - it's seriously great to contribute to the "Story" of all us Vancouver Cruisers! I always think of the site as a ever-growing tome... I want to be able to look back on all this years later and remember what it was I got up to all those years ago!!
That's my randomness for the evening - going to true my newly-serviced rear wheel, throw on a new tire then go on to my front brake!
Keep it rubber side down,