Monday, October 26, 2009

Work & Rain

I haven't been on my bike since the BABBLE ride on the 17th. This has been due to the combination of work and heavy rain. Speaking of rain, I saw this unusual sight while I was "out on the job". It rained hard last night but I didn't realize just how hard untill I saw this church parking lot. The rain slid this fresh coating of asphalt off of the parking lot like the toppings off a pizza. Okay, I know it's not real exciting but it's all I've got right now.

On the bike side of things, I've decided to replace the drop bars on my bike with a set of Albatross bars and inverse brake levers, just like the setup I had on my Long Haul Trucker. After riding around on drop bars again I miss the comfort and multiple hand positions that the Albatross bars offered. They were perfect for my style of riding. I'm not sure if I'll stick with the downtube shifters or mount a pair of thumb shifters on the bars near the stem. I've got time to figure it out.

Now this is comfort!


  1. When you get around to this, I'm confused about the various diameters of bars and what exactly works with what. You have a chance to educate us! Start from where Sheldon Brown leaves off.

  2. Is that a picture of your former bike?
    This too shall pass, mon ami!

    Peace :)

  3. wow, that does look comfy - I know a few friends that ahve been wanting to do that
    and wow, crumbling cement!! a sign of the times?!
    cheers and happy riding with the new handlebars :D

  4. If that is a fresh layer of asphalt, it was not properly done. The collective patience of the church toward the contractor will be tested.

    Love the bars! I'm still planning to put some on my Kogswell Model P.

  5. Hmmm!? I wasn't aware that ashphalt floats,perhaps the church should demolish their parking lot and build a pool.

    Are you going to use the rim tape/bar tape trick on you albatross bars?I just redid the bars on my fixie with black cotton and Fond De jante rim tape in a diamond weave pattern and then Amber Schellaced it all.It was really hard to get the weave pattern right with slightly different widths,but the end result is awesome!

  6. Ha!LOL, the wordverifacation was gortickl!Funny?

  7. There are few forces in nature more powerful than moving water - even a relatively small amount in a concentrated flow.