September 22, 2004

Bah on You Car with Oil!

POST #    1306

Nothing like exiting the office after a long day of work and discovering oil all over your bike. That really sucked. Because of that, I had to ride home with sticky hands (the oil was really all over) and when I got home, I had to wipe down my bike. That kind of sucked.

But I do like riding the bike to work, especially in this cooler weather. No more very hot Tien when arriving to work. Monday and Tuesday, I actually wore a fleece while riding to work. That's three days last week, one over the weekend, and already two this week. The bike really saves me a lot of time commuting and it's pretty easy and the route I take is virtually traffic free. The only problem now is that it's getting dark earlier now so I'll have to pick up some lights lest I get run over.

I even replaced my lock with a super heavy lock from American Lock. Now all I need is another one and I can open up my own bodega.

Posted by tien mao in Rants at 9:29 AM



I am a bit confused...somebody spilled oil on your bike (or is this gasoline)? Where was the bike parked? I have enough trouble keeping the grease off of my clothes, last thing I want is some nut spilling oil on my mode of transportation.

Posted by: Sam at September 22, 2004 10:28 AM

i was too sam. when i exited my office, i went to my bike and noticed it was wet. and i touched it and it wasn't water and it was slick and oily. so i think a car that was parked next to my bike (chained to a parking regulation sign) must have has some major oil issues.

Posted by: tien at September 22, 2004 10:32 AM

That's mysterious and gross. Are you going to ride when it gets really cold?

Posted by: Joe Schumacher [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 22, 2004 1:18 PM

hmm, i don't know what my threshold for cold weather riding is. i would have to invest in some pants that i could ride in. or just tie my current pants up.

it's just so efficient and free.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 22, 2004 1:23 PM

Cold tolerance on a bike is a funny thing. You're ride probably isn't far enough but when you get going your body heats up a lot. A pair of bike pants will keep you plenty warm. It's your face and hands that get frozen.

Posted by: Joe Schumacher [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 22, 2004 3:49 PM

yeah, i'm sure i'll be fine, but there's gotta be a time when it gets too cold for me to bike. i've got some glomits that i can use and plenty of hats.

just not sure i want to bike when it gets below 50.

Posted by: tien [TypeKey Profile Page] at September 22, 2004 7:33 PM

My cutoff is about 20 degrees. Below that and it's just too painful for the first 5-10 minutes until I hit the bridge and warm up.

Posted by: Mike at September 23, 2004 1:56 PM

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