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The Sunday Post: The White Bike

The bike that reminded me that I like riding bikes back in 2014 and has close to 1,000 miles on it has been slowly getting repaired/upgraded.

## The White Bike

It started back in 2014 with a Sunday Funday on bikes. I was on a borrowed bike for the day (since I didn’t have one) and it reminded me how much I liked riding bikes. The next week, I punched up Amazon and ordered this machine, a Critical Cycles Single Speed/Fixed Gear bike.

I started riding around the ‘hood, 2 miles. 5 miles. 7 miles. I keep that going until I started getting brave and pushed it to 10. I remember my first 10 mile ride. Thought I was going to die. I actually had to stop and rest for about 15 minutes when I was less than 1 mile from home. I couldn’t even walk well enough to push it home.

Then I did my first big ride, 20 miles in the shape of a 10 mile to brunch and a 10 mile ride back after. After that I was hooked. Miles started racking up. I even got brave enough to ride it on the street fixed (if the back wheel is moving, the pedals are moving, like a unicycle), managing a 15 mile ride that way once.

So, this is the bike that started it all.

But it is an inexpensive bike, made with cheap parts. It’s a bike made for college kids or hipsters to ride to class or around town. Not so much for clocking big miles. And big miles means parts wear out, and this bike has needed some repairs. Bottom bracket and crank. Tires. A new chain (installed tonight). I also swapped out the handle bars and replaced the seat. Back in fighting shape again.

Now I’m back to riding it.

Sometimes I just want to get out for 20-30 minutes and ride around the ‘hood. With it still getting dark to early and me not liking to ride on the streets with the after-work drivers, getting on the black bike for 15-30 miles just doesn’t work. So I’ll just pull this guy out and go ride bikes.

A few weekends ago, I even used it to do some bar hoping downtown, followed by a very nice bicycle tour. Up until it broke (which is why I replaced the chain). I’ll be using this bike again next weekend for an event ride, because that is what it is good for.

I was thinking about getting rid of it. Selling it and replacing it with a bike that I could use to ride around town for short errands, things like that. Now that I have done all of the repairs, and installed a fresh set of stickers, I’m remembering how good of a riding bike this really is, and why it got me back to riding bikes in the first place. And for that, it stays.

Ride Log, 08-01-2015: Too Early for the Button

ridelog

About 100 yards ahead I hear the bus honk at a jogger.

Me: _Like you didn’t see the bus, right?_

Jogger: _I know! I was trying to not push the button._

Ok, the jogger was a bit of douchecopter since he was close enough to the bus to reach out and touch it, but the sentiment is there.


I look across the street where I see a single duck standing at the edge of the street, as if it was waiting for it’s turn to cross. Of course, it starts to walk out into the street at the exact time cars start driving past. So, I press the button.

Cars stop and I cross 1/2 way when the duck starts walking north, down the middle of the road, of course. Geez ducks are dumb. So I ride toward the duck, herding it into a direction that takes it out of the flow of traffic and into a delightful park. Of course I get words from people in cars (all good), but did the duck even so much as give me a thank you? Ungrateful little bastard.


Every stop light is a potential race for me. I always eye up the competition to determine if I have a chance or not. Today it was an unkempt Nissan Maxima, black, covered in bird shit and had dirty windows. I knew I could win.

Watching the lights, waiting for my chance. I tense up and get into position to start off as quickly as possible. I get the green light and rocket across the cross walk as fast as possible! The car in the middle lane crossed the other side before I did, but that wasn’t my target. I watched for that Maxima. I sped across the opposing cross walk and went at least 50 feet before the Nissan passed me. I was victorious.


On the map above, you will see my new favorite circuit. I’ve ridden it 4 times so far, every time taking just a little more than an hour. My latest goal is to finish that in 1 hour or less, which means an average speed of at least 15MPH. I can do it.

Wanna Ride Bikes?

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Been riding bikes for most of my life, like many of you. I remember my first bike almost like it was yesterday; a screaming red Schwinn Stingray with banana seat and ape hanger bars. Or, at least I thought they were since I was 5. Learned to ride that thing **like a boss** too. Imagine how upset I was when I let it get stolen. It was soon replaced with a screaming yellow version of the same bike. And I rode that thing like a boss too. Forever. No kidding, like my car, I had that bike forever and rode it everywhere. It’s where I started with bikes. [This might sound familiar](http://donburnside.com/the-history-of-me-wheels/) if you’ve been a donburnside.com reader for more than a few years.

Fast forward to this last weekend. [The Burnside Manor](https://foursquare.com/v/the-burnside-manor/5334dd3b498ebe83228b3a65) played host to the ‘rents as they needed to visit to deliver a few things. Namely some really _kickass_ (potentially) wine. And, the beauty you see above.

I haven’t fully researched the bike yet, but I do know it is a Colson Tandem, built sometime in the 40’s. Most of it, from what I can tell, is original, like the seats and fenders, the frame and the wheels. Again, I only think. It’s got an internal front brake, coaster brakes and a 3 speed that mostly works. It was delivered with rotten tires and tubes, quickly replaced day of delivery so I could get out and ride it.

I remember when this bike first came into my life. It was at Newport Beach. Grand dad picked her up and made it part of the beach house bike stable. There were always very unique bikes in that collection. This one quickly became a favorite. Not because you could ride it with another person, which is cool to be sure. It’s that you can ride it by yourself.

From the rear seat.

Yea, this particular tandem bicycle allows for 2 person steering. Since both riders can steer, 1 can drive from the back without a front seat passenger. Took it for a ride around the hood last night and got some interesting looks, since I was riding from the back. Don’t worry, I’ll get video soon enough.

It’s a cruiser to be sure. This is not what you would consider a speedy bike. It rides so low that if you turn too sharp, the pedals will scrape the ground. But, high speed turns with big leans aren’t what this bike it about. It’s about the ride, baby. She is comfortable to ride and a joy to pedal. With as much weight as she carries, once you get moving the momentum just keeps it going, smooth and comfortable over the bumps.

This is my next project. Getting it cleaned up and tuned up. Like I mentioned, she is rideable now. After a few minor things, she’ll be ready for anything.

Don’t Get Old

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About a year ago. There was this, then there was this, followed up by a few more visits to the doctor. To the doctor that told me, without mincing words, that I was going to have to lose weight and improve my overall condition or he was going to treat me like a diabetic. Yea, that was pretty shocking.

So I started exercising. And it was hard. And, if I’m honest, I wasn’t _really_ exercising well. I mean, I would go, but I wasn’t trying very hard. I discovered walking and discovered that I really enjoyed starting my day with a brisk 3 mile walk. Then summer hit. Then the new job.

So, anyway.

This isn’t the first time I’ve let myself get out of shape. This is, however, the first time that it has happened since I was in my 30s. Remind me not to let that happen again. Everything is harder and the results take longer. When I was 30, I would skip french fries, think about going to the gym and have a light beer and lose 5 pounds. Now, 15 years later, that takes some serious control in what I eat and how much I exercise. Don’t even think about skipping more than 2 days either. No sir. It’s like starting over from the beginning again.
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Back to keeping myself busy

Dear Internet,

It’s been sometime since we’ve spoke and quite a lot has happened. Actually, not really that much has happened, but some stuff has happened. The biggest of those things that has happened is that I’m no longer gainfully employed. So, I’m back to keeping myself busy.

Job searches are happening as you would expect, but searching for work isn’t billable. I know, right? Back to doing what I do, plus a few extra things. 2 WordPress projects are in some fashion of completeness, I’ve done some on-site computer repair and I’m trying something completely new with photography.

I have decided to open whiteroofphoto.com. White Roof Photo is for my automotive and other photography. A place to keep a portfolio and a place to promote the service of automotive and event photography to those that might need it. I’ll be doing pool-side portraits at AMVIV X later this month and hopefully will get the chance to do some automotive portraits as well.

Otherwise, I am again offering my services for anything that you might need. PC/Mac configuration, repair and training. WordPress implementation and training. Social Media, community building and Internet marketing. Content creation (writing, audio, video, photo). I’m available for your project immediately! Click over the Contact page to get started.

I’ve also been feeling the need to write more. This makes me happy since it has been a while. I’m glad that is coming back. Expect to see more regular posts at all of the donburnside.com properties.

Thanks for your patience.

xoxo

donburnside