Snake Barriers

June 15th, 2022 No comments

Raffi and I made a most unpleasant discovery while out today. All along the creekside in a park we sometimes ride in appeared this hideous black tunnel.

black wood chip barrier along a creekside path

It´s probably an ´´erosion barrier´´ — a tube which appears to be filled with wood chips. This would be funny — not just ugly — if this weren´t a flood plain. See the sand? That´s left over from massive flooding — FEMA Disaster Level Flooding — that occurred last fall. Many people lost their homes and belongings. So maaaayyyybbbeee soil erosion is an issue here, except . . .

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A Longer Excursion

June 10th, 2022 No comments

Today I took Raffi out in our Element, and we drove to a trail for a change of pace.

It’s difficult to vary rides a lot in our town if you’re taking shorter trips, and I was getting bored with our usual 6-8 mile/9.6-12.8 km jaunts, so the trail it was.

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Color and Texture

June 3rd, 2022 No comments

The first blooms of summer are already gone, and summer greens are taking over. They looked especially fine under today’s slightly overcast sky.

Today’s temperature — 63F (17C) — made for a cool and comfortable ride, though the air felt slightly heavy, and I was a bit concerned about rain. Raffi carries a giant garbage bag in his basket, but I’m not thrilled about potentially having to deploy it. Read more…

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Summer!

May 24th, 2022 No comments

With one thing and another, Raffi and I have hardly gotten out in the last month.

But we did today, and saw blooms everywhere.

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Everything in its Place

May 20th, 2022 No comments

Whoops — I’m so far behind! This post is from the end of April.

We ran a few errands on this beautiful, cool, spring day today, thrilling to the 66F (19C) temperature. That’s peak riding comfort, as far as I’m concerned!

Running errands didn’t mean, though, that we missed out on checking out a bucolic spot or two . . .

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Windy and Soggy

April 27th, 2022 No comments

I haven’t been recording the few rides I’ve taken since Raffi’s marvelous repair; this is the first post-about-a-ride I’ve written this year.

Raffi is a Di Blasi R34, and his battery originally
sat under the rear rack. It now sits under the seat,
on the inner edge of the rack platform.

We’d had a night of heavy rains, and the sky was active this day, but it was a good bet that we’d get a ride in before more rain fell. This turned out to be the case — and when the “rain” came, it was light snowflakes, instead!

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Raffi is Back!

April 22nd, 2022 No comments

It’s taken months, with, admittedly, some time out for winter weather, but Raffi is on the road again after his November disaster.

New configuration: The battery’s under the seat, reversed,
with the horrible mount facing backwards. A small bungee
spider web is wrapped around the battery case handle,
and allows the battery to be easily clipped on and off.

After troubleshooting with a good riding friend (thank you, Mike!), and interested input from Ian, a fellow blogger (Aussie on a Brompton, highly recommended!), I set to work and did my best to resolve Raffi’s dilemma — and failed. Repeatedly. However, I did verify that his battery could be moved from its original placement below the rear rack to under his seat, at the inner end of his rear rack, and that was key to the ultimate resolution.

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Mileage Ridden on my Di Blasi R34 – November 2021

December 12th, 2021 No comments

Posted late, due to various Raffi distractions.

Mileage for November, 2021: 55.7 miles (89.6 km)

Total mileage, year-to-date: 120.8 miles (194.4 km)

The year started very late, Hurricane Ida didn’t help, and, for that and other reasons, we hardly rode in September and October. And riding in November, for reasons chronicled here (and linked above, under “distractions”), was truncated, too. Aaaargh.

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Visibility Modifications

December 12th, 2021 No comments

Raffi’s situation is still being sorted, so it’s on with a non-riding post, again.

My winter cycling coat is black, and when I start wearing it, I move a safety triangle from my fall coat to it.


This is the first year I’ve worn this particular coat; I bought it at Costco in Montreal before Covid hit, and then didn’t have much opportunity. It was really inexpensive, and like a lot of things Costco, is a clever riff on a much more expensive style.

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Transferable Visibility

November 27th, 2021 No comments

While Raffi’s issues get sorted (and they are getting sorted, I’m happy to say, if not necessarily rapidly), I’ll publish a post or two which have nothing to so with actual excursions. Forthwith:

I have a long-standing policy of trying to make life tough for any one attempting to run me down.  I ride predictably, signal like mad, and try to be as considerate as possible.

So I’m a big fan of florescence. Screaming yellow and green are my friends.

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