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Storing Clyde

The average bicycle footprint, for transportation planning purposes in American cities, is 24x48x72--that is, two feet across the handlebars, four feet high and six feet from front to back.

Clyde measures six inches wider than average, two inches higher than average, and a whopping six foot seven inches (more than one Padalecki!) in length.

Though it goes against the principles of feng shui that I worked so hard to instill in my house with Project Empty, the only place I can fit Clyde safely is in the corner of my bedroom. So, in the corner of my bedroom Clyde lives, as of 15 minutes ago. As avventura1234 says, "It looks very Portland."

I got a used pannier today from my niece. I like it much better than a backpack so far--cooler (as in less back-sweat), for one thing. More accessible, for another. So that's an item checked off the list.

I overcame a couple of other cycling thought-barriers, too: First, I rode on four errands this morning without knowing whether there would be bike racks at the destinations, and took my chances. Ha! This is Portland! Three of four places had racks; one offered a sign pole. And second, I had an hour-long pedicure while Clyde was locked on a busy boulevard, out of view of the salon, and I hardly worried at all. (Also? Post-pedicure cycling in flip-flops. Wasn't sure that would work but it was okay.)

I'm not gearing way down as much as I had to at first, which means my legs and lungs are getting stronger.

Oh! And I got a helmet-suitable haircut today! How's that for commitment?


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Sep. 13th, 2009 04:50 am (UTC)
more than one Padalecki!
I feel like instead of our current measuring system, we should convert to Padaleckis. 3/4ths of a Padalecki, for example, would be about the height of an average man.

my legs and lungs are getting stronger.
:D! Yay! That's awesome!
Sep. 13th, 2009 04:55 am (UTC)
Hee! That's good!

I just like the idea of having room for one Padalecki in my bedroom.
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:00 am (UTC)
I think everyone's bedroom has room for one Padalecki. ;D
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:01 am (UTC)
*snort giggle* Love your measuring system!!! And Clyde is quite beautiful. Not Jensen beautiful, but still, what is? Mmmmmm, now all my brain can think is "I'd love to ride Jensen!" God! I'm hopeless! Anyway, I'm so proud of you honey. And your room looks awesome - so peaceful and light! Good job.
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:03 am (UTC)
Thank you! Clyde is no Jensen, but he's an attention-getter all the same, and makes everybody smile. Especially me.
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:53 am (UTC)
Maybe you already considered this, but in case you didn't know about it -- IKEA's Broder line has a fitting for storing a bike vertically using one of their adjustable tension poles and then you hang it from the wheel. That would fit nicely in that corner, without obstructing the low cabinet you've got there. I know you can get ceiling hooks from Home Depot that do the same thing, but the nice thing about the Broder setup is that you aren't relegated to only hanging it where you can find a load-bearing support and because it uses an adjustable tension pole, there's no need to screw anything into the ceiling or floor (ETA: no, I was wrong, you do have to screw it into the ceiling, just not the floor). One of their upstairs demo displays has the whole thing setup so you can see it in action, if you're interested.

Congrats on the success thus far with your biking adventure, btw. Very inspiring!

Edited at 2009-09-13 05:55 am (UTC)
Sep. 13th, 2009 06:12 am (UTC)
Thanks for the tip! I might have known IKEA would have something. I'm out there *cough* from time to time and will give it a look next time.

I'm enjoying the heck out of this bike.
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Sep. 13th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
Hee! Weights in Fillions! Hah! That's great. Maybe the sub-unit of a Fillion could be an Ego.

Did you see the wonderful Emmy photos? Here's Nathan with the creative Emmy the whole DHSAB won last night. There are tons of others around the net. A well deserved win.

And no, I'm not Bonnie, I'm -sdale.
Sep. 13th, 2009 02:34 pm (UTC)
Your biking adventures are very cool to read. One day I may be fit enough to dust down my bike... at the moment, having hurt my back a little in a fenderbender, even walking the dogs requires painkillers ... so maybe sometime in 2010, it'll happen. :)

I realise it's not in line with feng shui to have your bike in your bedroom, but even so, it doesn't make that corner look cluttered.

Portland sounds more and more like the niftiest place to live.
Sep. 13th, 2009 05:01 pm (UTC)
Oh! I'm so sorry to hear about your back. As the veteran of a herniated disc, I am wincingly sympathetic to your woes.

I slept fine with Clyde in the corner (heh. this anthropomorphization of the bike probably ought to stop), and though it breaks up the perfect linear serenity of the room's design, it's kind of cheery and cute. And I really haven't got much choice. As my sister pointed out, "What's going to have more impact on your peaceful sleep: bike in bedroom, or bike outdoors where it's visible to thieves?"

She's quite right.

And yes, Portland is pretty dang cool. Check it out!

Okay, tourist-ized and idealized, but really? Not that far off the mark of reality.

Sep. 16th, 2009 09:45 pm (UTC)
I watched your propaganda video and I have put Portland on my 'must visit' list next time I'm in America.

I liked the comments too, such as 'I tried to make a video like this about Philly but someone shot me and stole my camera.'
Sep. 17th, 2009 04:29 am (UTC)
LOL! It's totally propaganda, and yes, I saw and laughed at that Philly comment. I also appreciated the comment that said they should have shown six months of rain compressed into a few seconds.

It IS a nice town, though. And if you get here, be sure to give me a shout!
Sep. 19th, 2009 05:04 pm (UTC)
It IS a nice town, though. And if you get here, be sure to give me a shout!

Thanks -- will do. :)
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