Photoessay

Early Spring Ride: A Photoessay

Atlantis in Madison Park On a particularly warm and sunny day in early April I took a meandering ride along Lake Washington. Riding through parks along the water and then I skirted the University of Washington along the Union Bay Natural Area the wildlife was out in force. I concluded at Magnuson Park where I made coffee and hung out in a little nook next to the Community Garden. Here are a few photos from…

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It’s all downhill after double digits

My Rivendell Atlantis at Ten Years February 2005 my Rivendell Atlantis that I had ordered late 2004 arrived at my apartment in Woodinville, making it ten years old today. In the intervening years I have ridden this bicycle nearly 40,000 miles on many hundreds of commute trips, hundreds of errands, all over Washington State, across the country, into Canada, over the entirety of the Cascade Mountain range and most of the Sierra’s, in Seattle, San…

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Behold!

My new (to me) Rivendell Quickbeam Upon my return from Bar Harbor after my cross country tour I found myself without my trusty Atlantis for over three weeks.  Up to that point my one bicycle lifestyle had served me well.  While a bit of a break from riding after the tour was acceptable by week two I was itching to ride around my new hometown of Olympia. I began scouring Craigslist for interesting, affordable options…

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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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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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This years work on the bicycle

My Atlantis stripped bare by her bachelors, even Part I: DIY Things have been pretty solid with my Atlantis for years now really, but as I’ve mentioned in the past I’m trying to replace all the original components. This year that included the rear derailleur which since I replaced the front one last summer completes the replacement of derailleurs. I also replaced the shifter pods with the ones that Rivendell makes which as I mentioned…

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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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Ride Reports Selected Reports

Bainbridge Island Ride

The weather had really turned nice over the Fourth of July weekend, with Saturday predicted to be the sunniest, with temps edging into “hot” territory.  When it gets hot I like to ride into the mountains, or on an island and as I’d ridden into the mountains (or at least foothills) the weekend before, islands it was.  I’m still rather lacking in my fitness this year (though improving) and while I wanted to push myself,…

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Rivendell Atlantis

2005 Rivendell Atlantis As I mentioned in the post about my Safari these entries are based on the bicycle pages on my old Those Who Look at the Sunset website. My whole philosophy of cycling evolved from touring – I’d been reading tourist accounts and started off quite practical.  I came to Rivendell from that stance and their focus on practical, durable and elegant really matched up with me.  After I’d come to the conclusion that…

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Back from the depths

As I alluded to a couple of posts back, my Atlantis has been under the weather and I’d been riding on my backup bicycle.  Well I’m happy to say that after two months in the shed the Atlantis is back and riding better than ever.  So what happened and what have I changed in the last couple of months?  Well lets just enumerate what has failed, been replaced or updated this year. Before I dive…

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