Week 43: Pedalling
- This week I bought a dynamo front light for my new fixie. It’s only a “cheap”
one so I don’t mind leaving it on a bike I’m locking up at the shops. But so
far it’s amazing. I’ve been able to completely forget about charging lights
and still have a really bright light to get me home. I’m now disappointed I
didn’t get one sooner as I’ve been charging lights to commute with like a
chump for the past decade.
- When having things built, or building work done, there is a constant stream
of questions around things you’ve never had to think about before. At that
very moment though you often need to make a decision on it. A good workman
will often guide you to the ‘right’ answer, other times they just shrug and
tell you that it makes no difference but they need an answer.
- This week we had lots of questions around the edging of tiles and beading
strips. A couple of weeks ago I had to deal with how high I wanted the towel
radiator. Of course someone needs to make these decision but I felt
underprepared to make an informed decision. I hope this doesn’t mean all our
towels will now touch the floor.
- Riding a fixie there really is nowhere to hide. Your legs just have to keep
turning. No matter how many times I remind myself of this it’s still a shock
when my legs are getting tired and I just want to coast down the road for a
- This is doubly true when you’ve just accelerated to get over the green light
that’s been green since you saw it and must be turning red soon. Usually in
this situation you’d do your sprinters lunge for the stop line, then freewheel
until you’re back down to a more manageable speed. With the fixie your legs
get dragged round at a comical cadence as you slow back down. You best have
saved a bit back from your sprint to enable them to keep moving.
- For Halloween we were supposed to be going to a party. With the current
restrictions though, this got downgraded to a walk around Tower Hamlets
Cemetery Park at dusk. I’ve never really spent much time in a graveyard
before, but walking around this one was amazing. It’s the kind of graveyard
they have in horror movies, and the full moon and a slight mist in the air
added to the spooky atmosphere.
- As much as the current restrictions suck in a number of ways, they do add an
interesting set of constraints which lead to some really enjoyable moments.
- My sound track for this week has been this mix