Bicycles

Some work on the Atlantis

I tend to do my upgrading, changes and fixes on the bicycle at the end of winter in conjunction with cleaning off the accumulated winter gunk. This year due to one of my fender struts snapping off I did a round of work much earlier.  I’d been contemplating replacing my fenders for years now but it’s not exactly thrilling work and since the old set is steel they continued to function well now matter how…

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Tour2012

Journey to the East – Kit Considerations

Fully Loaded Atlantis in front of the White Mountains in Vermont My touring kit had been pretty static the last few years, with often just one or two bits changed as I’d set out on tour.  This year, for my cross country tour, I changed quite a few things and thus set out with a decent amount of previously untested kit.  I went over in meticulous detail my experiences with the charging system that I…

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Bicycle Camping

Autumn Bicycle Camping Day 4

Atlantis in the wind and rain   October 12th: In which the weather turns for the ride home I was awoken before dawn by wind and rain buffeting the tent. I’d been pretty closely watching the weather for this trip and while it was forecasted to rain on this day it wasn’t supposed to start until later. So I figured I’d be able to pack up, make breakfast and such before it really got started.…

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Bicycle Camping

Autumn Bicycle Camping Day 2

Hiker/Biker site at Twin Harbors State Park “We abuse land because we regard it as a commodity belonging to us. When we see land as a community to which we belong, we may begin to use it with love and respect.”   “• Aldo Leopold, as seen on the sign to the beach. October 10th: Westport and environs The clear skies that ended my day yesterday made for a somewhat chilly night but eventually the tent…

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Bicycle Camping

Autumn Bicycle Camping Day 1

The Atlantis loaded up and ready to go October 8th: Prelude Autumn has long been my favorite season with it’s mix of weathers, crispness and that somewhat melancholy sense of change. It is often rather nice here in the Pacific NW in autumn and this year it has really been especially lovely.  I kept thinking that I should do something a bit more ambitious than the day rides I’d been doing since getting my Atlantis…

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Tour2012

Journey to the East: Some closure

My Atlantis disassembled just out of the box Three weeks to the day that I dropped my Atlantis off at Bar Harbor Bicycle Shop it has finally returned to me. But damn did they overzealously break it down for boxing. I can understand much of the disassembly they did but was it necessary to take the bell off the stem? Or the waterbottle cages off the frame? Once the wiring for the lighting system had…

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Ride Reports

A Beautiful November Ride

November is historically the peak of storm season in Western Washington but it doesn’t really kick in until mid-month. This year appears to be no exception with storm season beginning today, but yesterday was a perfect autumn day.  We are at the point where the trees have fully changed colors, but most of the leaves have yet to fall, leaving them looking like huge smokeless fires.  With daylight savings time having ended this week the…

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Tour2011

An Unexpected Tour

My Rivendell Atlantis fully loaded and ready to head out on its latest adventure. At the end of July I was laid off from my job and had moved out of my house – a perfect time to head out on a tour.  I had some obligations to take care of: a family visit, securing a new place, financial stuff and so on so I ended up staying with a friend for a while. Everything…

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Ride Reports Selected Reports

Riding Around Olympia

Parking my Atlantis in a little neighborhood park in West Olympia. I moved out of the house I’ve been living in, in Kirkland, WA at the end of July and didn’t have a new place to move into until September 1st.  So I’ve been spending the last couple of weeks with a friend in Olympia, WA and I’ve managed to get in a few good rides.  I went to college in Olympia and used to…

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Bicycles

Atlantis 2011 updates

The Naked Atlantis   I mentioned in an earlier post that I was replacing components as I was going along this year and this weekend I did some extensive updates.  My long lasting Shimano brakes were driving me crazy with what a pain they were to adjust and replace pads so a few weeks ago I replaced them with a set of IRD Camfam brakes. These have a threaded post and are much easier to…

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