Real excited for Atlanta Streets Alive this Sunday, May 19! Stop by and see us at the intersection of Peachtree & Ellis Street
I’ll be there rain or shine!
I’ll be there.
It’s a very rare thing to have Peachtree Street open exclusively to humans not shrouded in metal.
May this one day become permanent.
Nice that the floors are temporarily trashed.
These creatures will ride with me tomorrow at Atlanta Streets Alive, where we will be in The Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade.
Race, I mean Ride, to Work Day in Atlanta.
Woohoo! So there was an organized ride to work this morning, and it started right up the street from me. Or right next door, depending on where you read the info.
The Atlanta PD motorcycles cleared the way for faster ones of us as we pedaled down Peachtree, then Spring Street, then, I’m not sure where. If you were riding like a normal commuter, you (me!) were on your own. But we ended up at the GA Dome, after a few wrong turns and a couple of flights of steps. That’s the Lycra shot, above.
This ride was led by the GM of the Atlanta Falcons, but I don’t think I saw him, being at the back of this high speed pack and all.
I’m guessing all of these people have showers and clean clothes at work, because this was not a leisurely ride. If any new commuters were riding with us today, please believe me, you don’t have to be a Tour de France wannabe to ride to work.
I don’t know if anyone on the ride actually works at the Dome, I mean besides the GM of the Falcons, and the person driving the Falcons van.
Since I was neither, I followed a labyrinthine path to the MARTA station, which has been very cleverly hidden by some very clever architect.
So being a multimodal commuter, I rode the train to Decatur, where some wonderful people with the city of Decatur handed out coffee, danishes, magnets, maps, and other niceties. There was no Lycra here.
From there it was a 0.8 mile ride to work. The pretty street scene is from my walk to lunch today, in Decatur.
It’s Bike to Work Week! But I’m biking from work. We ride the train together in the morning.
Atlanta’s Tour de Fat yesterday. I was an H2O Tech.
It was great fun. If they show up in your city, be sure not to miss it.
Beware the LG WD3274RHD washer/dryer.
While we were blissfully enjoying a Braves baseball game, something we do every 20 years or so, our LG washer/dryer Demon Machine was merrily flooding our condo, and the one next door. And a few units downstairs got some water as well. And the hallway for good measure.
The flood rescue company arrived and did a great job mitigating the potential damage, tearing out molding, cutting out wet carpet, photographing everything, and testing the Sheetrock with a Dr Frankenstein prop for moisture.
The blowers and industrial dehumidifier left today. It is blissfully quiet, and the cat’s water bowls are no longer evaporating before our eyes.
Now we just wait for the bills to roll in.
I swear everything made now is crap. But you already knew that about me, didn’t you?
Now to shop for carpet for the two rooms that had carpet, reinstall the cork floor in the kitchen ( ground zero), shop for new kitchen cabinets - hello Ikea!, and try to find real wood molding. Oh, and another washing machine? Don’t know about that. Does anyone make a washer that isn’t crap?
- photographer unknown.
A wasteland of automobiles & concrete running through the heart of Atlanta. When & how did this ever make sense?
The Great Atlanta Bicycle Expedition happened yesterday. I volunteered to be a Bike Angel, so of course the crow had to ride along.
Lots of nice bikes, including a recumbent tandem, the orange Public, a very nice Peugeot Mixte from the 70’s, a Brompton, two Terns, and couple hundred other wheeled wonders.
APD helped us negotiate some of the more challenging intersections, which was very handy since it seemed everyone with a car was driving yesterday.
The weather was perfect for cycling, albeit the 39 degree F starting temp was brisk.
The ride started and ended in Castleberry Hill at the always wonderful Elliot Street Pub, where at the end of the ride we were all treated to one of their sandwiches and a glass of Fat Tire beer (or a soft drink).
Ride options were 7 miles through some cool neighborhoods in SW Atlanta, 18 miles through NW & NE Atl, or 35 miles which included the above + East Atlanta.
We had one chain derailment in my group, otherwise no drama, though lots of cars to deal with. The route was supposed to go through the Atlanta BeltLine’s East Side Trail, but due to all of the volunteer activities going on there (300 people planting native grasses), we were asked to avoid the area. So no MUP riding for us.
Today is the Trees Atlanta bike tour of Inman Park.
A nice bikey weekend.
Getting ready for the Great Atlanta Bicycle Parade by building a flock of terns for my Tern bike.
The workshop was at my new favorite watering hole/ social center, the Elliot Street Deli & Pub. So to support the business, I would drink a can of beer, then build a bird with the empty can.
I had to pace myself, and stopped at 3 beers, because I still had to ride home (6.5 miles).
The idea is to cover the Tern with roosting birds, with another perched on my helmet. Sort of an homage to Hitchcock. 2013 is the 50th anniversary of The Birds, btw.
OX601D - 1 by GRAVELBIKEcom on Flickr.
Am I the only one that thinks these cranks & BBs are kind of, well, clunky? Ugly?
Not bashing Sugino; Shimano and lots of others do this too.
Maybe I’m just cranky today.
Hah! Get it?
Elliot Street Pub in Atlanta, GA offers indoor parking for folding bikes. This is a very bike friendly spot, btw. Note the New Belgium keg/helmet rack.