Or lock it and still lose it? With CTC cash I bought a bunch of expensive locks and watched two burly ‘bike thieves’ smash into them within seconds. But it’s possible to make life difficult for professional thieves: there are locking techniques that will make your precious harder to half-inch.
In short -
1.) Use the shortest U-Lock you can
2.) Lock it around the head tube (not the top tube) at the highest point of a rack.***
3.) Check on your bike off and on between pints at the bar. Locks don’t guarantee security – they buy you time.
4.) Thieves are looking for low hanging fruit – don’t be low hanging fruit.
***(They said bottom bracket in the article, but later they cautioned against locking close to the ground because thieves could use the ground as leverage as pictured above. So unless you’re hanging your bike upsidedown, I’m recommending headtube. If I’m wrong call me on it and detail why.)
We may not be going as fast as .83 rides, but we’re covering similar territory.
Pictures tomorrow. Tonight shower, laundry, sleep.
No commentary this time. Sometimes the story tells itself.
Narrative to follow later. Right now I need a shower and bed. Heres the friggin map though. Good ride.
From The Seattle Times
FIRCREST — Police are looking for a driver who hit a bike rider in Fircrest and stopped only long enough to drag her to the side of the road before leaving.
Pierce County sheriff’s spokesman Ed Troyer says 66-year-old Sandy Johnston of University Place was hit about 5:30 a.m. Sunday as she was pedalling through an intersection.
She was found unconscious by a jogger. Paramedics took her to Tacoma General Hospital. Her daughter, Valerie Johnston of University Place, says she has multiple fractures and cuts.
A trail of blood at the scene indicates she and the bike were dragged out of the street.
Troyer says car parts at the scene apparently came off a maroon Mercedes-Benz.
Crime Stoppers is offering a $1,000 reward to identify the driver.
Man, there isn’t anything good about this.
More to follow but heres the route for todays ride:
Roll call – Yeyo, Meg, Kat, Nova, Jay, Ben, Jeff, Chunter, Suzanne, Aden, Andy, yours truly.
Out to Mercer Island – from there to Georgetown, and then back to Capitol Hill for a hippie house party with a band called Maple Rabbit, and then home. I’m pretty tuckered out.
Edit: its later and I don’t really have a lot to add to the above narrative. I talk too much anyhow. Well heres the obligatory photo blog. Enjoy.
Everyone went inside to stock up on bicycling materials for the day.
Andy and Jeff contemplate their fate
Bike Lock – Check
Rain Slicker – Check
Water Bottle – Check
Commie Manifesto – Check
Half rack of PBR – Check
Note: Next time I’m making room for fried chicken...
These are of course my standard fumble-for-expensive-crappy-camera-through-bike-gloves -pop-shots-one-handed-like-I-know-what-I’m-doing-and-hope-to-god-I-don’t-crash-and- fumble-for-a-pocket-and-hope-the-camera-goes-back-where-its-supposed-to-and-not -crashing-into-the-concrete-wouldn’t-it-suck-if-I-had-to-buy-this-crappy-camera-twice awesome action shots of a most beautiful bike ride across the bridge.
…till we got to the park on Mercer Island where sushi and PBR was consumed.
From left to right: Jeff, Ben Andy, Aden, Kat, J(ay?), Suzanne, Chunts, Yeyo, – below is Meg in the yellow shirt, not pictured: Nova
!!!!!!!!! J !!!!!!!!
wadda bitchass. =)
Question: And how many Slow Sundayz rides have an Abu Ghraib moment?
Answer: All of them.
Pictured: Nova and Adens butt
(This was not my idea, someone (probably J) has a better picture than this on her phone – sorry Aden =) )
Afterwards we were off to Georgetown where we were greeted with…
…the destruction of Georgetown. Too bad it looks so friggin cool. I’m sure some really great condos will go in here in short order. Jerks.
And thats the end of the picture taking. After that we went into the 9lb Hammer, killed a few pitchers and wandered back up Capitol Hill well after dark. Big props to Andy who I conned into coming out, and conned again to coming further still to Georgetown. That guy was a good sport with that crappy hotel loaner bike and its couch like seat. I know he was sore (aka incapacitated on pain killers) the next day but he wanted me to pass along what a good time he had. Welcome to Jeff who was brand new and stumbled across the ride. Welcome Meg who would later detonate her freewheel mid ride at the bottom of 12th and Jackson. It was really nice to meet you all and hope we didn’t scare you off.
Its a nice day for a ride!
By the way, whomever took the time and donated their seat cover to my Brooks saddle on Sunday night when it started raining and we were inside eating – thank you.
That was very nice of you.
“We’re a drinking club with a biking problem”
Met up with the .83 kids Brunch Ride at Top Pot Donuts on 5th in downtown Seattle. This is a brand new crew for me, and a new ride. Sorta knew a few people from Slow Sunday ride – Aden and Kat – but that was it.
The ride was good. There was wind out but it was blowing North so had it to our backs. By the time we came back the wind had gone, so no headwind to deal with.
This was our route out to Carkeek Park more or less I think…
We moved at a good clip, stopped for groceries and liquor and food makings and headed down a path into the park.
I’d never been to Carkeek before so didn’t know what to expect. Its a beautiful area with a great view on the water and a big fire pit. It was overcast and slightly windy but not too bad at all. Snow on the mountains in the distance on the other side of the water… Really nice.
We hung out, cooked food, drank bloody marys, bullshitted. Slow Sundayz crew surprised us and met us out there, so for a quick moment we were like 15 people or so. About an hour later they split again. People peeled off to head for home around dark but the truth is I was a little buzzed myself, so the departure order is a little blurry for me. I don’t know what happened to Derrick, Shannon, Andrew and Patrick for instance. I know Sketchy, who showed up with his car, took Nova, Dylan, and Gretchen in his car. Presumably the rest of us biked out of it.
The hill out of that park sucks. Again I was last up, but believe it or not I am getting better at climbing. Big thanks to Raz, Kat, Chris and Trevor waiting for me at the top. Keep having to remind myself that despite a few false starts, I’ve only been on the road since Christmas.
Biked down to the Latona in Greenlake/Tangletown for beer and food where we met back up with Aden and Kalen who’d left earlier in the afternoon to attend a house meeting. Then we were off to the University Inn (40th and University) for more beer and food where Yayo rejoined us to reclaim his camera he left at the picnic site.
I left my camera at home unfortunately, so all I have are camera phone pictures which aren’t bad exactly, but aren’t great either. CLICK HERE FOR THE WHOLE IMAGE GALLERY. Heres a few pics though that sorta sum up the day I think.
…and yeah. That was the .83 Brunch Ride. Times!