Archive for the ‘utility’ Category


Sunday, July 7th, 2013

We’ve been enjoying a Yuba Mundo as our new family ride since early spring. This bike is so much nicer for our use than the Burley trailer, which Ava has outgrown (in height!). Hoping to save some $$ and get some cargo bags this fall, and am patiently awaiting a stiffer fork (we’ve switched to disc brakes) from the Yuba folks.

Photo May 05, 10 51 38 AM

Photo May 03, 9 58 05 AM

Photo Apr 30, 7 25 48 PM

Photo May 07, 6 47 49 PM


Monday, March 15th, 2010

Weather is changing.
Soma is hooked to the little one train for groceries, yoga, and playtime. Body weight is up. Mood is improving. Fitness is down. Kidervals to begin. Stopping at parks is a must.

Thinking about a Schlumpf Mountain Drive. 2 speed fixed gear. Mmmm. Where to find the $$.

House hunting continues. Hopefully townhouse selling will commence magically in the next few weeks. We’ve looked at a handful of properties – and only a few would suit our tastes and neighborhood choices. Those that do fit stretch the budget but also our imagination about life in town, good public schools, and being much closer to friends and family. Walking downtown? To the store? I could get used to that.

Montreal Snaps

Tuesday, October 13th, 2009


I wanted to write a longer post about our recent trip to Montreal… in lieu of the post never happening – here are some snaps from a bike friendly big city.

Quack Quack

Friday, August 14th, 2009

CSA pick up, playing downtown and harassing the locals.

Fixed Train

Wednesday, August 12th, 2009

Need to smooth out my spin. Very different with the little one and the Burley.

A Strange Creature on Lake Champlain

Monday, August 3rd, 2009

A boat towing tandem?

A boat towing tandem?

Seen this morning near the Maple Street Marina / Boat Dock – a Bilenky Viewpoint with homebrew trailer. The trailer looks rigged to carry a small sailing rig or a dinghy for water access. SS couplers, double derailer drivetrain with idlers… and plenty of on board water storage!

Surly LHT in the Wild

Friday, July 31st, 2009

Surly LHT seen downtown. Nice racks, plenty of water, fat tires.

Camper Longflap

Thursday, July 9th, 2009
Camper Longflap and Surly CrossCheck, fixed, with recent additions of 2 rings up front and a dingle cog on the rear.

Camper Longflap and Surly CrossCheck, fixed, with recent additions of 2 rings up front and a dingle cog on the rear.

The Camper Long Flap after a run to the CSA pick up, drop off posters for the Cycle Celebrate Champlain, grocery store, dinner, bike shop, and mail. Room for more.


Saturday, May 30th, 2009

After a recharge nap I set out to fix the leaking faucet / pipes / drain / sink in the kitchen. A turn of the shut off valves ended in a crumbled mess, so I had to get at the main water line in the basement. Hunched over, working under the sink, crawling in and out of the cabinets – it was like work. A ride to the hardware store. Then a return under the cabinets to hook everything back up, only to find that the faucet itself is leaking from its innards. Off to the home improvement superstore on the other side of town.

I added a bit of rope as I ran out of straps - but it rode home quite well - and comfortably aside from the sweat.

I added a bit of rope as I ran out of straps - but it rode home quite well - and comfortably aside from the sweat.

Fixed Surly, Carradice Barley, and my messenger bag. Plumbers putty and an updated Pur filter in the Barley, the faucet barely tucked into the messenger bag. Back under the cabinets. Installed with minimal knuckle gnashing and no mishaps save a reversal of the hot and cold (the original plumber put them in backwards) and the filter doesn’t fit without some special adapter. Turn the main back only to see a drip drip coming from the main valve. A slight turn of the wrench to snug it up – I don’t want to blow a gasket and have a flood in the basement – and all seems well for the moment. I need to search around and see if we have a main outside of the house – I’m worried now about the gasket in the basement valve… and have no idea how to repair it without shutting us down from without. Not a bad day after all – sunny skies, three bike rides, and a household chore knocked off the list. I’m hoping the fine weather sticks around and I’ll get in a decent ride tomorrow. Coffee cruise first thing – and if all systems are go perhaps a run out to some dirt.

Swine Rode, not Flew

Wednesday, May 6th, 2009

The pig rode, he didn’t fly.

SyCip flying pig...

SyCip flying pig...

Custom SyCip delivery bike from Boccalone at the San Francisco Ferry Building Marketplace. A more traditional rig with porteur rack is parked to the left…