A Nurse with a Gun

Saturday, May 17, 2008

Armstrong Morning

I decided to take the Armstrong Single Speed out for my early morning ride. Click to enlargeInstead of my usual residential/country route, I headed towards the old down town area. I had my camera in the pocket of my hoodie, and the crumbling and decayed structures would make a good backdrop for photos of the textural road bike. The narrow slicks of the bike skimmed the asphalt like a single scull on glassy water as my legs pumped the old cottered cranks.

I still did not have a name for this specific bike, so for now it was like Clint Eastwood in Sergio Leone's spaghetti westerns, a bike with no name. The bike rode very well, the Norex leather seat providing a comfortable perch. The forward posture was not too bad, and the machine easily negotiated the beveled curbs and intersections as I jinked onto and off of the sidewalks.

I wound through the chunks of concrete and glass on the streets looking for backdrops to photograph the bike. I found myself glancing over at the store fronts as I glided past, asking myself the eternal older bicyclist question........ "Do I look stupid in this helmet on this bike?" I decided I didn't look too stupid, and after all who cares, right? I took a picture.

As I was cruising the concrete de France, my trance was interrupted by a loud tink, then another.....Tink! I stopped and examined the rear wheel. Click to enlarge

Damn. I broke two spokes. Double damn. At least they were opposite and not beside one another. I unlaced and removed them from the hub. Not a big catastrophe, and not an uncommon occurrence when using old spokes to lace in a new hub. But still, it meant I would have to gingerly ride the bike back home, being careful to not bash the rear wheel around.

The good part, of course, is that it occurred when it did, and I get to ride the bike to the local bike shop and road bike weight wiener facility to purchase a lowly two spokes. I can't wait till they open........

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

I just got back from an afternoon bikeride. Lovely weather for it. Mostly asphalt with a nice little bit of off-road under some powerlines. Collected a quart of blackberries too.

6:00 PM  
Blogger dropdownstairs said...

keep biking
I worked at galatoire's
To get in shape for a trip to texas,
Rode 15 20 miles a day out past gus betat's sometimes...
stopped for Beignets
I loved N O La

8:43 PM  
Blogger Lunatic Biker said...

Brakeless fixie? Hipster.

7:49 AM  
Blogger Xavier said...

It has a coaster brake. Hipster yourself with your trendy calipers.

10:18 AM  
Anonymous Stacey said...

Check out those legs! Sexy!

11:01 AM  
Anonymous beth said...

what did the bike store think about your ugly bike?

8:14 AM  
Blogger Mattexian said...

I say, don't worry about looking silly in a cycling helmet, you'll look much worse in a hospital bed! I've been lucky so far, one hard unprotected bop back in Jr. High that made me pretty woozie for the whole weekend (included a visit to the ER for x-rays), another time in college with helmet that I'm sure would've screwed me up good without.

7:58 PM  

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