Crash Update

Day’s Verse:
So, friends, take a firm stand, feet on the ground and head high. Keep a tight grip on what you were taught, whether in personal conversation or by our letter. May Jesus himself and God our Father, who reached out in love and surprised you with gifts of unending help and confidence, put a fresh heart in you, invigorate your work, enliven your speech.
2 Thessalonians 2:15-17

First of all, thank you to all the well-wishers leaving comments on my blog and Facebook. Your concern is very touching. Continue Reading >>

Another Crash

Day’s Verse:
God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.
2 Thessalonians 1:6-7

Crashed again. Fine again. Front fork totaled again.

I emailed a description to myself. Here it is.

At 6:45 am on Wednesday, September 29, I was riding south on Market Street in Kirkland behind another bicyclist. I moved out of the bike lane and into the going-straight lane, fairly close behind the other bicyclist. The other bicyclist abruptly turned to the right while I continued straight, causing me to slam on my brakes to avoid hitting him. I don’t think I hit him; he stayed upright, while I immediately crashed, falling on my left side. Examination of my bike at the time indicated that the front fork had bent severely at the brake dropout, and the front fender had been bent as well. It appeared that the fork bent under the strain of braking. Fortunately, I had panniers on the bike, and they absorbed the shock and protected me from any injury other than bruising.

I consulted Chad at Pedal Dynamics and Chris at JRA Bike Shop, and both agreed that the fork failure was a manufacturing/design defect. Damage to the bike includes the front fork, the fender, the tire (which was sliced), and my helmet, which hit the ground hard when I fell. My next step is to go back to the manufacturer and see what they’ll do for me. Continue Reading >>

Choosing a Commuter Bike

Day’s Verse:
I spread out my hands to you;
my soul thirsts for you like a parched land.

Psalm 143:6

So you’re interested in commuting by bike. Often one of the first questions people have when they start thinking about using a bike as a means of transportation is “What kind of bike should I use?” I’m going to provide a little bit of bike purchasing advice that’s based on my experience, but you don’t actually need a special bike for commuting. All you need is a bike in good working order, a helmet, and a way to carry your stuff. Continue Reading >>

Still Kickin’

Day’s Verse:
And our hope for you is firm, because we know that just as you share in our sufferings, so also you share in our comfort.
2 Corinthians 1:7

I’m still alive! The week in Spokane was fun, the drive back wasn’t awful, and I spent the weekend recuperating. Monday and Tuesday this week at work we’re having a “Staff Revolution.” Everybody has felt for a while that the Bike Alliance has been stagnating and things need to change. This is where we build the groundwork for that change. We created a draft vision and a set of goals that really inspire and excite me — something I’ve not felt here before. By the end of the meeting yesterday, most of the other staff felt the same way. With a vision and goals like that, I could see staying with the Bike Alliance for a long time. Continue Reading >>


Day’s Verse:
And whatever you do, whether in word or deed, do it all in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.
Colossians 3:17

I’m here in Spokane, doing all manner of Bicycle Alliance stuff. This has included:

  • Tabling at REI on Saturday;
  • Tabling at SpokeFest before and after riding the 47-mile course;
  • Giving the Spokane Bike Club a little update on the Bicycle Alliance’s latest activities;
  • Riding all over Spokane, and despite this remaining totally clueless about how to get around;
  • Observing the Farwell Elementary School’s PE teacher as she teaches 3 classes of 4th graders bike education.

I’ve greatly been enjoying Spokane, which seems to combine the best of the West Coast — laid-back attitude, easygoing people, big hills, lots of evergreen trees — with a more midwestern or even East Coast environment. It’s a bit dry here for the East Coast, but they have real seasons here, moderately old and fairly well-preserved buildings, and when you look across the landscape, it’s mostly rolling wooded hills (though you can see the Rockies in the distance). Overall, I really like Spokane. It’s a lovely city that feels like a small town (my hosts seem to know everybody), and the biking is good. I just wish the street paving was a little better. Continue Reading >>

Sleeping Above the Ground! (and a trip to points east)

Day’s Verse:
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:11-13

Bedroom Set 1

Bedroom Set 2
OK, I know Ian will gripe if I don’t clarify: We’ve been sleeping on normal mattresses on a Harvard frame, so it’s not as if we’d been making do with sleeping bags on the floor since we bought the house. However, this is exciting because it’s the first time in our entire 7 years of marriage we’ve had a real bedroom set like this. Yay! The quality is fabulous…but then, we previously had particleboard with wood veneer, so I guess anything’s better than that. Continue Reading >>

Hair Today…

Day’s Verse:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!
Philippians 4:4

Yesterday I went to my first haircut in over a year. The guy measured my hair: 19 inches long, after cutting. I commented that I wondered how long it would get, and he said, “Oh, I’ve studied that. Coarser hair can grow longer than fine hair because the ends last much longer. The problem is that after years and years, the ends start splitting, so eventually the hair reaches an equilibrium between rate of growing at the roots and rate of breaking off at the ends.” (OK, he didn’t use ‘equilibrium,’ but that’s the general idea he imparted.) That said, he went on to estimate that my hair could probably grow down past my posterior, into the 36-inch range. Continue Reading >>