Saturday, May 30, 2015

Mother's Day Ride/Out and About

well i'm a little slow on the blogging duties lately, here it is past Memorial Day and I'm writing about a ride from weeks ago. We took a little bike ride on Mother's Day - Debbie's triathlon training plan called for a nice easy 2 hour ride.  Me on my Vaya, Debbie took her blue Redline cross/commuter bike since she's uneasy on the tri bike with traffic.  I was happy with that - I try to hide my dislike of tri-bikes around her but am not too successful at that.  We left from home and headed up to Country Homes Drive to ride north on Wall St and thought we'd find our way to the Children of The Sun Trail. Looking for something flat.

Then Debbie said let's ride by the fish hatchery. Sure ok, so we headed up Waikiki Rd.  Then, well we can take Rutter Pkwy and then return on Indian Trail Rd. Ok.  I haven't been out on Rutter for awhile and forgot about the hills.  As Debbie said, it turned out to be more of a Father's Day ride since I have a knack for finding hills to ride up.

Took a little excursion while D went up ahead

It turned out to be a nice scenic ride. Stopped at JB's Food & Bottleworks on Alberta on the way back where I was startled to find a 6-pack of Blown Out Brown and 2 bottles of cider cost me 30 bucks.

hmmm, helmet liner looks a little ratty.

Now for the foto dump:

only one vehicle in the bike line across from North
Central High this day 
at TJ Meenach/NW Blvd, I often observe drivers on their
phones. Haven't got a decent pic yet.

in Seattle - Honda makes bikes

dog/bike combo bike rack
One of the things I like about Seattle - it's fairly easy to get
from one neighborhood to another  by bike

urban dog park 

the space pods have landed!

bike to work week breakfast

blue Redline/white Vaya at the Kendall Yards Wed. Night
Perry Street Market - my, ahem, favorite style bike rack
at the Shop

somedays it's just too hot for a helmet on the Centennial
and don't forget your snake gaiters
out of sequence Seattle pic from Kerry Park Viewpoint -
part of a mega-walking tour of Queen Anne

Sunday, May 3, 2015

Just Another Bike Rack post - No-Li Brewhouse

I get a little obsessive, so sorry but it's another bike rack post. Don't worry, I think soon I'll be turning my attention to Trail 25, Belsby and Hole-In-the-Ground Roads, JWPT, different routes to work.  But I keep coming across bike racks I can't figure out. 

I met Debbie and some of her work friends at No-Li Brewhouse after work on Friday.  There's nowhere good to lock up out front, but there is this rack out back outside the outside seating area.  I was pretty sure it's a bike rack, and one of those where you're supposed to put a tire in the railings to hold the bike upright.  Yeah, my favorite.

Except if you lock up on the front side this way, your bike will stick out into the path. There's a drop-off on the other side, so that's not a good option either.  Of course, I just had a U-Lock with me, and also of course, I hadn't thought to bring a cable to use with it.  (Which if I did bring a cable I wouldn't have felt very safe anyway).  I didn't want to park it lengthwise and take the whole rack in case any other bicyclists arrived cuz I'm so considerate, so I u-locked it to the corner.
I was a little nervous inside because I couldn't see the bike and it was in a little used outside seating area.  I checked on it a few times and it was ok.  


After No-Li we ended up a Jack and Dan's where I locked the bike to a post on Sharp Ave.  I was really nervous. Like Barney Fife nervous.  We had driven there in our bike-rack equipped truck, but I didn't feel like trusting the thin cable lock on the rack.

Lots of people out and about, and couldn't see the bike from inside.  Eventually I checked with the waitress if I could bring the bike inside, and she said there was a closet in back they let people use.  It was a supply closet, but hey worked for me. Good people there.

a quick blurry pic because I was self-conscious about taking a pic of my
bike while people were watching. what. he's posting this on facebook?
Well, one of the guys there did asked me what you don't have a bike lock?, and I said well I do, but…. and left it at that.  I don't recommend bar hopping with a nice bike, it's difficult to party down when all you're thinking about is, is my bike still out there?

This should be the last post about bike parking, but I can't promise anything.