Tag: Mechanical

  • Well that sucks

    Well that sucks

    The forecast today was for warm weather with light wind, following several days of rain and gale-force winds. Ever since I discovered the entrance to Tamagawa Sky Bridge, I’ve wanted to try starting from there to go to Yokohama, and I thought today might be the day to do that. Nana had not prepared any…

  • Lotus Power

    Lotus Power

    I set out in spring-like weather this morning to see the kawazuzakura in bloom along the Tamagawa. In fact I should have gone last weekend — I’ve missed the peak, but there were still many blossoms on display. I had a bit of a mechanical before I even set out this morning: when I picked…

  • Auntie Clockwise

    Auntie Clockwise

    I’ve ridden Biwaichi — the route around Biwako, Japan’s largest lake — once before, in 2014 with Fearless Leader Joe and Sanborn. I’ve had a number of invitations to join rides since then, and finally decided my holiday this week was a good chance. José hadn’t done the ride before and quickly agreed to join.…

  • Windy and Flat

    Windy and Flat

    I have a big ride coming up with José next weekend, and he hasn’t been getting in a lot of miles on the bike. So we took advantage of today’s weather — mild and sunny — to get in a ride. I told José I’d meet him at his flat at 8 and we left…

  • Ajisai Loop

    Ajisai Loop

    We had clear skies and nice weather today following yesterday’s typhoon. Fujisan even put in a subdued appearance early in the morning, with the snow cap much reduced by yesterday’s wind and rain. Of all my usual rides, there’s only one that doesn’t run on cycling paths alongside rivers, which were probably flooded today or…

  • A lie propagated by Big Cloud

    A lie propagated by Big Cloud

    With a forecast of sun and 0% chance of rain, with a high of 20C, I was planning for a nice long ride. I’d set the alarm clock and told Nana I was leaving at 8 sharp. I woke up to completely overcast skies and a chilly, howling wind. I immediately revised my plans, figuring…

  • Getting the tire on the right way round

    Getting the tire on the right way round

    The forecast has been for rain all weekend, so I glumly concluded it would be a good chance for some bicycle maintenance. When I woke up this morning the forecast was improving — just a slight chance of rain in the afternoon — but when I looked out the window it was grey and misty.…

  • Arakawa – Disney – Budokan

    Arakawa – Disney – Budokan

    I got an early start yesterday, on the road before 8 with a couple of Nana’s world-famous onigiri in the bag. It was not quite 10C when I set out, with a forecast high of 17, so I wore shorts and regular (fingerless) gloves together with a long-sleeved jersey. I was sweating long before the…

  • From the depths of the toolbox

    From the depths of the toolbox

    I’m taking advantage of a three-day weekend to do some cleaning and light maintenance in preparation for a short tour next weekend. (For which the forecast is now rain, but I digress … ) Kuroko hasn’t been washed in quite a while, and I decided this was time to remove all the gunk and residue…