Not fond of passengers

I've noticed that there are some cyclists who take being passed as an invitation to jump on your wheel. Sometimes I'm okay with it. (If they say "hi" I'm much more likely to be okay with it and there are regulars I've seen for months or years, some of whom I've ridden with before, plus it's not as much of a concern when it's less busy.)

But riding home in the evening, with the trail busy, I'm usually not happy to have someone hugging my wheel. But this one guy... I passed him at a comfortable cruising pace, probably 30ish km/h; he'd have been doing no more than 27. Next thing I know he's right on my wheel. So I hit a curve and kick it up to 37; seconds later he's back. Fine, if he wants to go that fast, I don't need to. So I just coast until, around 25km/h, he finally passes me. And doesn't speed up! So now I'm moping along at 24km/h to stay behind him, which is not how I want to be riding. I wait until we're headed down a small hill then crank it and blast past him at 45km/h (which I can't sustain) but I keep it nailed at 41km/h for the next half kilometre. And of course he's glommed onto my wheel again, and he's still with me. So, slow again. 35, 32, 30, 28, 27, 26... He finally passes me around 24km/h. So I take a deep breath and go 23. And he slowly drifts off.

Thanks for ruining my ride home.

A quandary...

I have one of last week's peaches left. It is perfect. I have several of this week's, and am planning on leaving them until next week - in hope that they will ripen somewhat. (This week the quality has fallen from last; I suspect I won't bother buying any more after this.)

Earlier today I ate the other peach I'd saved from last week. It was truly wonderful. Do I eat the other one now, rather than risk it spoiling over the weekend or save it until last? (And if I eat it now, am I as disappointed by the remaining peaches next week, when I no longer have a perfect peach to compare them to?)


I can't believe we have fresh local peaches already. It's the 2nd week in July!

Normally I'd expect to see local peaches in mid-August; that's a full _month_ early. Crazy.

Loving the peaches, though. :)

At night the ice weasels come.

So we're basically halfway through the year. To date I've cycled to work on more than 100 days, and I'm already within 400km of my _total_ distance for last year...

Now if it would only please stop being so hot? :)

You fail bike maintenance forever

I _finally_ went shopping and bought fenders for my Trek. (Along with new shoes, to replace the ones with the cracked sole and the holes in the toes, new shorts to replace the ones with the see-through fabric...) Sunday afternoon was beautiful weather for a ride, and I could kind of justify the time by riding in to MEC.

Of course it was pandemonium on the bike path, but I persevered...

Long story short, I managed to torque off one of the bolts - firmly lodged in a braze-on - as I was attaching the rear fender. You might have thought I'd pay more attention after I nearly burned my finger from the heat of seating the opposite bolt, but sadly no. So now I need to find a 3/32" carbide drill bit so I can drill it out, plus the necessary futzing around time to actually do it. And even if I don't damage the hole, based on how tight it was it'll probably need to be re-tapped anyway...

New bike!

Went to the bike show on Sunday, for the first time in several years, and walked out with a new bike! I wasn't familiar with the brand "Scott" but several reputable bike shops were carrying the make, and they all had good things to say about it... It's not super-fancy: basic carbon construction with 105 gruppo, but it's quite a bit nicer than my old Trek. (And it's very light. It'll be almost painful to mount bottles and a saddle pouch on it. :)

I made a point of getting recommendations for a bike that would be comfortable for a 200km ride, as opposed to a 50km fast ride, so the geometry isn't quite as aggressive as, say, your typical Cervelo. The ride should also be a bit softer, and with a slightly longer wheelbase, it should track better (i.e. be less squirrely).

Haven't taken it out for a ride yet; I have an appointment next Tuesday to get it properly fitted first. But I'm looking forward to taking it out...

Now I just need a new helmet in a matching red-and-black colour scheme. :)


I've been riding my bike so much this winter (if you can call it winter) that I haven't had a lot of time to read. (Most winters I tend to get through a book or so a week while commuting.) I only took the train once this week, twice last and not at all the previous week; I don't even have the habit of making sure I have a book with me before leaving the house anymore.

But last weekend, after watching "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" (Hollywood version), a friend lent me the books. And then I was very bad; I read "The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo" on Saturday, "The Girl who Played with Fire" on Sunday, and "The Girl who Kicked the Hornets' Nest" on Monday. Other than basic chores (shopping, cooking, cleaning the house, walking the dog, laundry, etc.) I didn't do a single thing other than read. (I even shorted my sleep to get through them all.)

It was fun to do some concentrated reading again; I haven't done anything like that in years. But it's kind of left me, the remainder of the week, wanting to read more. Kind of like how having sweets conditions one to want sweets.

So yeah...

...I guess I suck.

My New Year's resolution (my sole resolution) was going to be that I would post something at least once a week. I've been far too absent, let friendships slide, and being depressed (or whatever) is exactly the wrong reason to withdraw from people.

Now at least I've made that public. So I can't tell myself anymore "well, nobody _knows_ you're welshing on your resolution."

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So, a month ago I announced that I'd managed to reduce my incoming mail to deal with to 10 messages total, across 3 sort buckets. It was a huge step, but I knew that the trick would be to keep it up.

Yesterday, when I went home, I had 1 incoming message in limbo. Right now, I have 0. It's actually almost bizarre, just 3 empty mailboxes. But I must say that the approach of keeping a clean mailbox is really working. I probably spend an additional 5 minutes a day thinking about the stuff that arrives, but at any moment it's trivial to see if there's anything I need to pay attention to. And since stuff gets sorted (to trash, to archived help threads, to design discussions, etc.) as fast as it gets resolved, it's trivial to notice the resolution of an ongoing thread and file it appropriately.

As an additional benefit, I'm occasionally able to prod someone on the team to respond to something that slipped past them and is languishing waiting for a response (that they are best able to provide).

We'll see how long the discipline lasts - our next release crunch will be the critical moment - but I'm cautiously recommending the approach.