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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?


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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