Chicago Bicycle Exhibit

During a recent visit to Chicago’s Museum of Science and Industry, I grabbed these quick snaps. They are hosting the Art of the Bicycle exhibit. It documents the history from beginning to present day. These are but a mere small sample. Enough to tease you and make you want to visit the museum yourself.

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`86 Peugeot Galibier

`86 Peugeot GalibierI started a new position at work.  And I have been finding myself walking everywhere; 2-3 miles a day.  While that’s great for my health, it’s wasting time.  So I went into the local bike shop and asked if he had any beater bikes.  The owner takes me down to the basement to look through his stash of used trade-ins.  He showed me a few that were my size and I settled on this one.

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My initial inspection had the bike looking pretty good.  The saddle was spun and I had to manage the quill post.  It’s not the easy to adjust like modern ones.  The wheels were fairly true and the brakes didn’t rub.  But the shifting was real bad.

Shifters

I replaced the rubber and adjusted the deraileurs.  And it was rideable.  It had old thin bar tape.  The hoods were dry-rotted.  I peeled all that off and installed new.  If you going that far you might as well change out the cables also, why not.

Bar

Crank and Pedals

The original pedals she came with were needing toe clips and straps.  I returned to the bike shop and he had these modern cheapos.  In the future, I’d love to get some metal toe clips with leather straps that match the hoods. The ones from Velo Orange would be fantastic.  I’d even consider the leathers. But I have to remember that this bike will spend lots of time outdoors.  Fortunately my employer has bike parking very close to my office.  So it could be outside for weeks at a time.

This bike was in such great shape when I got it.  Even the pie plate was still intact.  All I did was add some grease in the right splots, cleaned it up, and added a few new bits to spruce it up.  It rides like a dream.  Who knows, maybe I’ll take it for a longer spin one weekend.  Or maybe even a charity ride or two.

Rear

I couldn’t be happier with this bike.  For buzzing around at work to save the boss some time, it’s perfect.

Bikes Grow On Trees

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I saw this bike while buzzing around Enid’s great new trail system. It looks to be an old kids sized bike. The owner painted the frame only. And the rest is a bit rusty. But that is ok. Because its great to see land owners welcome or greet folks as they pass by. It just shows how friendly you can be when you get out of your car and slow down a bit. With spring knocking on our door, I’m excited to see what other land owners have in store for their gardens along the trail. Have you see anything interesting while using the trails?

Dynamic Home Theater

An update to my home theater setup. Mine has become very dynamic. I started with a combination of Windows Media Center, Boxee and Hulu Desktop. But the built in applications of my Samsung television are quite good. There is Netflix, Hulu+, a Plex client, and much more. And as you probably know, Boxee has gone a different direction and no longer supports the Boxee Media Center software.

Plex

So a while back I installed Plex Media Server on my Ubuntu server. PMS gives me DLNA support, media trans-coding, and fantastic media information scraping. Also I cleaned up my home theater PC. It still runs Windows Media Center as my DVR. I ditched the Boxee and Hulu Desktop. And installed the Plex Media Center. To extend the power of the Plex Media Server, I have installed clients on my mobile devices. This allows me to take my complete media collection where ever I go. No need to move files on and off before trips.

Plex also offers a service called MyPlex. It gives me a web interface to my server. I can manage and stream files from my browser anywhere. I can also add links to videos to my queue. If I see something while mobile that either I don’t have time or bandwidth for, I can add it to my queue and view it when I return home.

To wrap up, Plex gives me even more access to my large media collection. Windows Media Center is still the best DVR for me. And my Smart TV gives me access to all of the popular internet content.

But all of this said, I just got a Raspberry Pi. I have been messing around with RaspBMC and it’s incredible what a little $35 Arm based computer can do. More on that later…

Arches at Cleveland Bridge

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The Enid City Trail System is comming along. The major work on this initial phase is nearing completion. These arches were installed today on the bridge just east of Cleveland. They seem to be a gateway. There are plans in the works to add a trail head just east of this bridge. Room for parking and restrooms are all part of the rumors swirling around town. Even though it’s not officially open I bet we’ll see more and more users out there.

Enid’s New Trails Page

By way of the Route 60 Sentinel I found a link the the new City of Enid Master Trails Project.  Here you can find pictures and updates.

Lowering the new BridgePaved Trail - Parkway to Cheyenne

The City states the purpose of the trail system is for

recreation, transportation, and economic pursuits.

And it should

improve access to recreation resources and improve transportation efficiency.

The part I like is the focus on transportation. The ability to quickly get around town without the dangers of traffic is a huge relief.  I have been commuting to work and running errands by bike for years.  I have become comfortable on the city streets.  And even though these trails are not officially opened, I have noticed the pleasure of a car free environment while using them.

What can we expect next?  Once they complete the Railroad Pass Trail (Wheatridge to Parkway), they will start on the Channel Freeway Trail (Cheastnut to Meadowlake Park).  And step three will be the Quail’s Quad Trail.

Quail’s Quad Trail is a proposed trail in west Enid that begins at Chestnut Ave. and moves north along the drainage channel to Bunker Hill St. then east to Oakwood Road. Two additional segments branch off the trail connecting additional housing additions. Destinations served include numerous neighborhoods such as, Quail’s Creek Subdivision, Oakcrest addition, and Oakwood Estates as well as Glenwood Elementary School.

I hope you are enjoying the new trail system as much as we are.