• Bike Stuff

    Just Dreamin’

    My current bike just hit 70,000 km, and both the fact that I love it and it’s running well and budgetary concerns mean I’ll most likely end up keeping it for at least another 2-3 years. I’m averaging about 25,000 km a year, so that’ll get it well over the…

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    Small Experiment in Fiction and Truth

    So I started a thread off with a little short story I wrote at the Netrider motorbike forum: Sweet vengeance There’s a little disclaimer at the bottom that says ‘this is a work of fiction’. The kicker is, as someone said in the reply comments: “if I had hypothetically committed…

  • Bike Stuff - Musings

    Procrastination

    I lubed the chain on my bike this morning, and it felt much happier on the ride in. I’d been trying to get around to doing it for a week or so, but I was away for 3 days, and left home before it was light another couple of days,…

  • Bike Stuff - Teaching

    Distributed Awareness

    As you may have noticed, there’s an unobtrusive category system with posts on this blog, that can be used to search for posts on particular topics. It’s not unusual for posts to have a couple of codes, and there are common combinations, like ‘Science’ and ‘Teaching’ (and, unfortunately, ‘Politics’ and…

  • Bike Stuff

    Why ride?

    It’s funny – talk to most people who don’t ride, and they’re convinced that it’s basically a death sentence in fairly short order. They’re wrong, but it got me thinking about why I choose to ride. And of course there are other reasons to ride, like parking for $100 a…

  • Bike Stuff - Musings

    Let Karma Take Care Of It

    I started out mostly thinking about it in relation to bike riders, and the things drivers do to them. For some reason on one particular trip home last week people pulled out in front of me 3 times. I had my lights on as usual, was doing everything the same…

  • Bike Stuff

    The Indiscretion of Speed Cameras

    If a human cop detects someone speeding, using a hand-held or car-mounted radar, he or she has some discretion about what to do. A judgement is made about whether the speeding is dangerous enough to pursue, about whether to issue a fine or a caution, about any mitigating circumstances, and…

  • Bike Stuff

    Awesomeness!

    Picked up my bike this morning (the financial stuff did end up all falling into place), and it’s AWESOME!!! So smooth, so powerful, so enjoyable. Only problem is, I also got the letter yesterday that tells me I’ve had a few too many fines and need to be careful lest…

  • Bike Stuff - Personal

    Arrghh!!

    Well, the bike may not get well (yet) after all. Due to a variety of different financial issues, including the continued non-arrival of my tax refund, I may end up not having the cash to get it done. Still running around crazily trying to make it happen, but it’s looking…

  • Bike Stuff

    Wootness – Bike Will Get Well

    I’ve been waiting a couple of months to put my bike in for a service. It’s going to be $600-800 for a major service, plus it’s in desperate need of new sprockets and a chain, so I’m looking at $1200 or so in total. I’d hoped to use my tax…

  • Bike Stuff

    Baby Bandit

    Still kind of desultorily looking around for a bike for Suzie. We can’t really afford one just yet, but if we move house (if the new job comes through – still no news) it might make her commute a lot easier. Besides, it’s fun to look. She has to ride…

  • Bike Stuff - Musings

    It’s all relative (or is it?)

    Someone said it on the bike forum the other day: “Everyone faster than me is an idiot, everyone slower than me is a moron”. He was summarising the fact that we each have our own comfort zones in terms of how we like to ride… and we often see posts…

  • Bike Stuff

    Lone Wolf Ride Report

    (sorry ’bout the rather over-bikey flavor of the blog at the moment: just not a lot else going on in my brain right now. This will change, given time.) So with today being the Labor Day holiday (tip of the hat to those who got us the working conditions we…

  • Bike Stuff

    Back to 1 bike

    The little GSX400F sold today, for 3 grand, so I’m back to just the one bike, thank goodness. The money from the sale was meant to go back into our sharemarket account, where the money for the new Bandit came from, but will probably have to be used to just…

  • Bike Stuff

    Ssshhh, don’t tell Suzie

    As I was wandering toward the train station yesterday morning I passed another bike shop, and saw one of these in the flesh for the first time: It’s a KTM 990 Superduke, and it looks even wilder and more future/cyberpunk in the metal than in the photo. Drooolll… Of course,…