Category: Kawagoe

  • Cloudy Cherry Kawagoe

    Cloudy Cherry Kawagoe

    Before I could set out, I had to replace the saddle that broke during last week’s ride. I have another Brooks, a C15 that I’d used until my Lejog attempt ended in tears. It took only a few minutes to replace the saddle, cleaning and greasing the bolts before torquing them to the correct specification.…

  • Grasshoppers and Snakes

    Grasshoppers and Snakes

    I woke up thinking I’d just have an easy-going day and then ride tomorrow. But when Nana got up and we started talking about the weekend, I realized we’d made plans for tomorrow. So I decided to get in a ride today, while the weather is so nice, even given a late start. There was…

  • Kawagoe the Long Way ‘Round

    Kawagoe the Long Way ‘Round

    José agreed to join Sunday’s ride for the first time in quite a while. I suggested Kawagoe, knowing it would be a nice, flat stretch, although I underestimated the distance from José’s flat somewhat. I’d racked up 80km of commuting during the week, including an unexpected office visit on Saturday. When I hit the road…

  • Kafun Kawagoe

    Kafun Kawagoe

    I had plans to be on the road early this morning and rack up a number of kilometers before returning home, but when I woke at 5 a.m. I had a lot of back pain. I resolved to take it easy, and turned off the alarm clock to let Nana sleep in a bit more.…

  • Gettin’ some culture into Da Kid

    Gettin’ some culture into Da Kid

    I’ve ridden with José up and down the Arakawa river a number of times, including a three-rivers ride where we started way up in Saitama and cycled all the way down the Arakawa. But he hasn’t been to Koedo in Kawagoe (at least not by bike). This was our goal three weeks ago, when we…

  • Tama-Iruma-Arakawa

    Tama-Iruma-Arakawa

    After yesterday’s gully-washing rain, it dawned cloudy this morning, with mixed weather forecasts. When Nana woke up, though, she said there was no chance of rain. I was determined to ride the three rivers, which I’d originally done with José for my kanreki. It’s also the ride I’d set out to do during Golden Week,…

  • Uber Guy

    Uber Guy

    I was granted a three-day weekend by my office, but in the midst of a six-day stretch of rain. (But it’s not yet officially rainy season so … ?) The gods condescended to allow for a Sunday that — while not actually actively sunny — was bereft of genuine precipitation. In short, an ideal day…

  • Kawagoe on my mind

    Kawagoe on my mind

    I got a late start this morning because I visited the doctor first and then took my time getting ready. When I checked Kuroko’s tire pressure before starting, the front was holding air as well as the back (which hasn’t been the case for several months). So that was a good sign. I didn’t feel…

  • 初走り2022

    初走り2022

    First ride of 2022 Usually for my first ride of the New Year I’ll just run to Haneda and back, a ride I can get under 4 hours if I try. I can wait until 10 or later to start, when it’s warmer, and I’m not out in the cold for long. This year I…