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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 05:01 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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