Sunday, 30 August 2009
The Geek painted the frame and the fork with hammer paint and the de-rusted (I suspect that is not a real word) the chrome.
The wheels, handlebars, pedals and chain have been reattached.
It looks a little more promising than it did a few weeks ago.
Thursday, 27 August 2009
Tuesday, 25 August 2009
This is what I found in the Winnipeg Free Press:
"Cyclovia coming to downtown
Inaugural street festival to celebrate day without automobiles
By: Bartley Kives
A portion of Broadway will be closed for one Sunday in September as the city holds a new bike-and-pedestrian street festival called Ciclovia.
In what amounts to the first large downtown street party since the Get Together Downtown events held during the Glen Murray years, the westbound lanes of Broadway will be closed Sept. 13 between Main Street and Osborne Street to make room for buskers, food vendors, a farmers' market, a straw maze and activities such as skateboar
ding, street hockey and sand sculpting.
Ciclovia, which means "bike path" in Spanish, is modelled on a festival that began in Bogota, Colombia and has since taken root in dozens of La
tin American cities as well as U.S. centres such as New York City, Miami, San Francisco, Cleveland and Portland, Ore.
"It's a day for people to get acquainted with their communities and celebrate a day without a car," said Stefano Grande, executive director of
the Downtown Winnipeg BIZ, the event's main organizer. "This is a pilot project, and if it's successful, we'll extend the (street closures) north, south, east and west next year."
Winnipeg's version of Ciclovia, which will wrap up with a concert at The Forks, comes with a $50,000 price tag to cover the cost of policing, barricades and bus rerouting. Grande said the city and corporate sponsors will split the cost, which is a small fraction of the $700,000-plus price tag for the Get Together Downtown festivals, which took place on Portage Avenue in 2001 and 2002.
The Ciclovia plan calls for the Broadway street festival to be connected to The Forks with a closed curb lane on northbound Main Street. West of Osborne Street, closed curb lanes on Broadway, Balmoral Street, Young Street, Westminster Avenue, Furby Street, Sherbrook Street and Maryland Street will connect the festival with regular Sunday street closures on Wolseley Avenue and Wellington Crescent. The event is being held in conjunction with Manitoba Homecoming 2010, a provincially sponsored effort to boost tourism in the province by targeting former residents. But the main impetus is to encourage more people to explore downtown without using a car.
St. Vital Coun. Gord Steeves, city council's community services chairman, said he likes the idea of a festival that might encourage people other than hardcore bike commuters to ride downtown.
Steeves said he's both amazed and pleased by the increased interest in both recreational and commuter cycling in wintery Winnipeg over the past four years.
"It's almost to the point where (commuter cycling) is mainstream," he said. "It's not quite there yet, but for cycling to even be considered as a viable mode of transportation is a big deal, because that's definitely a challenge in the Canadian climate."
An officially sanctioned cycling festival may also be seen as a response to Critical Mass, the unsanctioned cycling demonstrations that have occasionally appeared on Winnipeg streets. But that was not the organizers' intention, Grande said.
"We just want to encourage people to come downtown, on foot or on a bike," he said.
Almost two dozen businesses, environmental organizations, cycling groups and other non-profit organizations plan to participate in the festival.
Republished from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition August 21, 2009 B2"
Monday, 24 August 2009
Sunday, 23 August 2009
It has been torn down to its individual pieces for rehabilitation.
The wheels took a great deal of scrubbing and the liberal application of Pink Solution to break down 20 years of grease and hayfield dust.
The Geek replaced the bearings and is now looking for a dust cap to fit the wheel.
Saturday, 22 August 2009
Later that day, I received an e-mail from them, as follows,
Your Instructable "Bicyling Modestly in a Skirt" was just featured by one of our editors!
Look for it on the Instructables homepage within the next 30 minutes. Being featured means we think you are awesome. Keep up the great work!
Now that is pretty cool; who doesn't want to think they are awesome?
Then yesterday I received this e-mail,
"Your Instructable "Bicyling Modestly in a Skirt" just became popular!
Look for it on the Instructables homepage within the next 30 minutes. Being popular means lots of people are checking out your Instructable and telling us they really like it. Keep up the great work!"
I was frankly a little puzzled. As an instructable, it isn't that exciting or ground breaking. If you want to ride a bicycle in a skirt, you put a pair of shorts underneath. Big deal. But last time I checked, 4,690 people have looked at it.
The Geek and I figure it must be because I used the word 'modestly' in the title. People either don't know what that means, or they think it means something opposite to what it really does.
And who can blame them? There are a great many immodest people in the news these days. Young Hollywood...um...socialites who dress inappropriately and, while getting out of cars, give cause to change the old rhyme to "I see England/I see France/ I see, YIKES!/No underpants."
Saturday, 15 August 2009
During the winter, I made a pair of pantalettes out of rayon lining fabric to wear between my wool tights and trousers on the days I would walk to work. The layers would keep me warm, and would resist the friction that would occur between the tights and pants.
This spring, I started to wear the pantalettes under skirts, as they are much better in my windy city than a petticoat (as my dad calls it) or slip. And since I will be a tomboy to my dying day, I find I can still climb trees, fences and lately, ladders into the nose of antique aircraft without worrying that I may be shocking someone.
The transition to bicycle was easy and now I don't worry about what my skirt might be doing as I watch for traffic around me.
I made a second pair for my lighter coloured summer skirts, and decided they should be called cyclettes. Just because.
Friday, 14 August 2009
Thursday, 13 August 2009
I started on the Niakwa trail and then across Fermor at Archibald and through Willowdale Park to Bishop Grandin.
After crossing Bishop Grandin at Lakewood, I rode again down the Bishop Grandin Greenway and turned south down Shorehill Drive.
Royalwood is a fairly new development; construction is rampant and bicycles and pedestrians are thin on the ground.
I found a trailhead off of East Oak Drive and decided to try the right fork first.
It was lovely and cool in the trees, but after riding around for about 45 minutes, I still had found no trace of the carving.
I asked directions of a fellow who was out for a stroll. He said to look for a dirt path eight feet wide and the spirit would be a way in. Suspecting that the width of the path and the distance to the figure would be subjective, I turned down the first dirt trail I came to.
Eselin was slightly out of her element with the twisty paths and muddy patches, but she soldiered on gallantly.
I found the foot prints of people on mountain bikes at the point where I dismounted because of very soft ground. That made me feel better, especially since other people on mountain bikes behind us had turned around.
The path meandered around the equally meandering Seine River.
A doe, well conditioned by the people on the paths, hardly moved as I rode by. She was so still, in fact, that I initially thought she was a statue.
It was as I was zipping through this dip, avoiding the tree, and noting the bench and the fire pit, that I missed my objective and had to come back.This is Woody, a three meter tall wood spirit. Walter Mirosh and Robert Leclair, members of Les Gens de Bois Woodcarving club, are the men who carved him. The tree from which Woody emerged from was scheduled to be cut down due to Dutch Elm disease.
Our mission accomplished, Eselin and I continued west along Bishop Grandin to River Road, and then home.
Eseiln even managed to bring a souvenir of her journey.
The only downside of this lovely little trip? I had such a sore derriere that the last hour in the saddle were ...tricky.
The Geek is in Calgary right now. Maybe I'll ask her to see if anyone there sells Brooks saddles. I have heard so many good things about them, the price would be worth it.
Wednesday, 12 August 2009
The rim has cracks and related deformation in two places.
Of course this means she will have to buy a new rim, but she thinks it is worth it.
Tuesday, 11 August 2009
I don't know which one of the fellows there rides this bike, (and I say fellow since, as far as I could tell, Semantique, The Geek and I were the only women there, and it is quite a big bike) but he must be very confident since most men in this city would not ride a bike that colour.
Monday, 10 August 2009
This morning we went to water the flowers for some friends who are visiting family in Europe.
Then this afternoon, I went to mail a package to our Dutch friends but found the closest post office to our house had been closed. So I continued down St. Anne's Road to Sobeys, the next available outlet.
After I mailed the letter I travelled for the first time in about three years down the Bishop Grandin Greenway to Dakota so I could connect with St. Mary's Road. I was pleasantly surprised to find a community garden as well as
some art work along this section of the trail. I may have to ride the whole length to see what else is new.
After a few more errands along St Mary's, I stopped by the BDI where Eselin chatted with some cruisers while I picked up my ice cream.
I then enjoyed a leisurely ride home admiring the pretty gardens.
I love summer.
Saturday, 8 August 2009
And when I came back from the farm yesterday, I brought with me these two bikes.
This is a Venture Caprice that I bought second hand in 1985. I rode it all over that year and it travelled with me to Flin Flon. Now we will have to see what further adventures it will have.
And this well used Supercycle bike is destined to be a road bike for N1 in his future triathlon endeavours.
And, of note. As of this moment, there are on the property 12 bicycles of various sizes and stages of usability, one bicycle frame, eight assorted wheels, parts, and one unicycle.
Friday, 7 August 2009
I sold the Specialized to a sweet young thing from St. James who was so enthusiastic about buying it. She couldn't believe I was selling it and that no one had snapped it up earlier, considering I had posted it on Kijiji on July 25.
Because she is a good three inches shorter than I am, she is much more upright on the Specialized than I was. I offered to let her try Eselin so she could compare the two, but she said she wasn't 'old enough' to want to consider a bike like the Batavus.
I just smiled. How can you possibly explain the appeal of a Dutch bike to someone who thinks they are just for 'older' people?
Tuesday, 4 August 2009
On Tuesday I went to the Western Canada Aviation Museum to see one of the last two flying Lancaster bombers.
I had considered cycling there, as it is only about 11 kilometers from home. I am however, glad I didn't.
The lack of bicycle parking could have been managed, but there were so many drivers who were not paying attention that I had to do some fancy footwork on my six block walk to avoid being hit. I would not have managed such nimbleness on my bike.
I did however learn a great deal and my respect for war veterans only continues to increase.