Tag: Bike Commute

Popped my Cherry. The Right Hook!

What a weird day. After some special birthday cupcakes I got to leave work a little early. I contemplated a longer route, but opted to just head home to Serbrina. Riding through Silver Lake I passed Scott on a green Surly Long Haul Trucker. I was on the Kogswell and we both complimented each other on the bikes. We stopped and chatted for a while about bikes and trips. It was nice geeking out with another rider into the same type of bikes as me. After some time I realized I had to get moving. Scott’s last words to me were “Keep the rubber side down!”. Good advice.

Not three minutes later I was on the brakes trying to avoid a crash. Rear wheel locked up and a car right in my path. Bang! Tasting pavement. A bloody elbow is the proof. I quickly righted myself and kept an eye on the car. Luckily he was turning around and coming back. I had two witnesses that gave me their info just in case. We exchanged info and I was back on my way. Albeit a little slower.

Weird feeling jumping back into traffic. I thought back to my motorcycle crash and the hesitation I have about riding the moto. I didn’t want that to happen so the only thing to do was to get right back on that horse.

A slow pedal through Echo Park and I spot another Kogswell on the sidewalk. It’s my friend PoWen that I met at REI months back. More geeking out about our Kogswell assemblies and my crash is starting to fade away. Before I know it I’m one with the traffic again and everything is back to normal. Well, as long as I don’t bend my elbow it is.


Busy Week

It’s already Wednesday! This week is flying by. Between work, riding and sewing I’ve been pretty busy and burning the candle at both ends. The good news though is that I’m almost done with the Ray Jardine Quilt. There are just a couple steps left to do before it’s finished.

By the end of the day I’ll have almost 100 miles down on the Ti Fargo. This bike is awesome. The light is awesome. Damn. I think I should try and compare the light output of the Supernova E3 on the Kogswell and the Supernova E3 Triple. In the city they look similar, but on a dark street I’m sure I’ll notice the difference.

I’m working on a couple posts about gear. I’ll try to get those up in the next couple of days. In the meantime here’s a shot from the road up to Chantry Flats. Keep riding!


Lookin’ Up!

There are many times riding in to work that I look up and I’m mesmerized by all the things above our heads. Most of the time I just think to myself “that looks cool” and then I pedal on. Lately I’ve been stopping to smell the roses. There’s something appealing to me about all that junk up there.

This pole is in front of a bike shop. Someone has started throwing the tires up onto the pole. It’s like an urban christmas tree.


The Sights and Smells of LA #TwowheelTuesday!

Felt so good to be back out on the bike today. After more than seven days off it was kind of a chore to get all my gear together, charge up the batteries for the lights and get the bike ready. Once I was rolling though it was all worth it. I remembered what I love about riding through the city. Dodging cars, timing the lights and swerving around potholes.

I played with the camera, but I guess I’ve gotten rusty on that too. I messed up a few exposures and I still can’t figure out where to carry the camera. I think a longer strap would be better. Gnat, any thoughts? Where do you carry your LX5?

I kept the effort low for my ride in but I still had a couple coughing fits and I seemed to be sweating quite a bit more. It was so nice to be out in the fresh air though instead of sitting in the truck. The smell of some fresh cut grass and the unexpected scent of fresh piss under the 5 Freeway. I sure missed you L.A. Thanks for pulling out all the stops today.