As you may know, I currently have five bikes, three of which are now in the “active” fleet. (The other two are the Rudge Sports which is rideable but needs some more love and is not a winter bike, the other is the Raleigh M40 mountain bike that I still need to sell.) It’s nice to have a variety of bikes to choose from, but because I’m neurotic I need to have all of my active bikes be in good shape. If something is wrong with one of them, I want to fix it ASAP. I’ll wait a bit if I’m broke or don’t have time, otherwise off to the bike shop it goes. The problem with this rationale is that it’s not always cheap to have more than two bikes at 100% all the time. This is what has caused me to sell a third bike in the past.
Anyways, last week I was riding my new and fun Raleigh Crested Butte to work and noticed a grindy type of sound as I pedaled. It was annoying but not overly so. On the way home, however, the grinding got much worse so I aimed my bike towards A Better Cycle. The verdict: the cranks were on the verge of falling off because the bottom bracket was shot. So I had them replace the bottom bracket. I knew something like this could happen, as the bike has probably sat in a shed for 28 years. And bottom brackets aren’t really that big of a deal to replace (I paid $24 but I also had unused store credit.)
Because I’ve been loving riding the Crested Butte, I got it done immediately. This is better than I used to be when I looked at bike repairs in the same way I look at dental work: to be avoided as long as possible. But I could have easily ridden the Crested Butte another half-mile to my house, hung it up to be dealt with at another date, and pulled down either the Raleigh Wayfarer or Surly Long Haul Trucker and used them instead.
So this Sunday I actually pulled down the Wayfarer and rode it for the first time in at least a week. It was quite interesting riding it to work, as I had grown used to the Crested Buttes handling, high trail and all. The steering on the Wayfarer felt twitchy in comparison so it took a little bit to get used to it, then it felt like an old friend. So after work I rode the old friend over to Kenilworth Park in SE because it was nice out (sun, around 50F/10C) and I wanted to take some photos of myself and the bike, as I didn’t have much recent pics of either. Using the self-timer I snapped this shot of me.
Then as I was attempting to pick the camera up from the ledge it was perched, I dropped it. You can guess where this leads to.
I’ll have to say I’ve had a good run with this camera, a Kodak Easy Share V1233. It was left unclaimed at the hostel three and a half years ago, so I took it. 12 megapixels and free? Sure. But the camera wasn’t doing so hot as of late, as there was a lot of digital “noise” in low-light images. I knew I would need to replace it at some point, but now I’ll have to replace it sooner than later, if I want to keep on taking nice photos for this blog. (The things I do for you folks!)
Does anyone have any camera recommendations? I’d like to stay at 12MP or better, and I don’t want to spend a heck of a lot of money (which doesn’t seem to be that hard these days.) And if anyone out there has a gently used decent digital camera they’d like to sell me, trade me, give me, please get in touch.