Pegasus Returns

Pegasus finally made it to the shop, but not until the Pegasus rescue vehicle saw a mechanic for its own difficulties, and I got back from a trip out of town.  Pegasus’s excellent mechanic restored his fender to its appropriate condition (a strut broke in two during my last, 50-mile ride), and adjusted his gears. Here’s Pete, of Hybrid Cycles, finishing the test ride after the adjustment (he only rode on the sidewalk for that last little bit.  Cool sidewalk, isn’t it?):

I’ve ridden a total of approximately 600 miles on Pegasus, so the gear adjustment didn’t come as  much of a surprise.

This ride was just a quick errand run. Here’s Pegasus, unloaded, afterward, with grocery paraphernalia still in his basket:

I put the high-vis triangles on the back when his fender was missing.  Pegasus looked a lot less obvious without his bright red fender.  I’m into the florescent green/yellow, so I’ve just left the triangles on the back.  If someone clobbers me, I want to know that there wasn’t any excuse not to see me and my trike.

Pegasus is running beautifully again, and I ‘m really happy to have the broken fender strut (and fender) replaced..  Pete mentioned that he thought that the Chinese still don’t get this “tempering thing” when it comes to metal.  I’m just hoping that the strut fatality was a one-off.

Pegasus:  91 degrees, but felt much hotter  7.15 miles


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Monthly Mileage: July

Whoops, failed to post this in July.

In spite of various issues, July turned out to be a pretty good month for cycling.  I started riding on two wheels on trails, and did my longest ride ever on Pegasus:  51.30 miles.  Whoo-hoo!  That was a real milestone: a half-century.  A pedal-assist half-century, but a half-century, nonetheless.

(Even the manufacturer will tell you that, under ideal conditions — these weren’t — Pegasus’s battery can be expected to run for only 30 miles.  Suffice to say, those were my legs doing most of the work.)

In April, I figured that I’d be pleased if I’d managed to ride 500 miles by October.  But look where I am at the end of July . . .

I’m a happy camper.  Or cyclist.  Or whatever!

Pegasus Total, July 2012:  78.42 miles

Arianna (and other two-wheelers) Total, July 2012:  85.28 miles

Total for July:  163.70 miles

Total recorded mileage for season: 536.93

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Another Trail Ride on Arianna

A longish ride on Arianna, on a very hot day. (And in July, even though I’m not getting around to posting this until August 2.)

Saw a woman on the trail riding a Trikke (click through to see a rather silly-looking image of a police officer patrolling on one). I’ve ridden one, and they’re lots of fun.

They do take up an awful lot of room on the trail, which can’t be fun when there are a lot of other people (and/or cycles) around.  Propelling one requires a fair amount of side-to-side swaying across some broad territory.  There weren’t many of us on the trail this time, though, and the Trikke rider was quite considerate, so all was well.

Arianna:  17.08 miles

Image from Trikke’s website

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A Short Trip on Arianna

You’re never far from a creek in this county, no matter where you are:

This town also has a pretty little park:

Arianna: 10.1 miles

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New Trail

I took Arianna on a new trail, this one along a river.  There was lots to see; everything from urban blight to scenic beauty, and lots in-between.

The invasive plant below (an ivy?) has taken over an entire hillside, creating either a bizarre-looking version of natural topiary, or a landscape that looks as if it’s been subsumed by green fungus.  However you describe it, the foliage beneath can’t be faring well.  Is this what you’d call natural blight, as opposed to the urban kind?

I didn’t take any pictures of the more distressed, populated, areas in view along the trail, but liked the signage on this old knitting mill.  Ghostly lettering on the side of the building indicates that the factory once produced hosiery:

Here’s another view of the river:

Although I didn’t get a photo, the highlight of the excursion was keeping pace with a slow-moving Norfolk Southern train.  We traveled side-by-side, trail and track, for a good distance.  What fun!

Back at the parking lot, there was a new installation — a copper water fountain:

The bowl at the bottom is for canines:

Arianna:  17.1 miles

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On the Trail Again

As soon as I picked up Arianna from the bike shop, I put her on the back of the car, and returned to the trail.  I was determined to complete our previous, rather hobbled, ten-mile ride. I knew it would be a better experience now that Arianna had two functional pedals.

Done, and done.  I’m fast on Arianna, at least on level paths and mild inclines:  over 13 mph, no coasting involved.

No snickering, please.  In my world, that counts as “fast”.  (Just think what I could do with gears on a small, light bike.  Oh, yeah!)

Have I mentioned that Arianna’s model name is “week-end”?

“[W]eek-end” is in orange, just under the last two letters of her name on the frame loop:

She’s also, apparently, the “standard” version, judging from the seat stem:

It’s amazing how well Arianna’s foil decals have held up over the decades.  She’s 44 years old, and was about in the same shape she is now when I first bought her, used, decades ago.  (Which is to say, she could have been better cared-for, both before and after I acquired her, but passive neglect has not eroded any of her special charm.)

Arianna:  10 miles

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Arianna Returns

My little folder has been returned to me with its pedal restored to full use.  The guys at the shop were able to re-thread the crank without having to tap it and use an insert, to everyone’s great relief.  She’s still got her original cranks and pedals.

I love Arianna’s original pedals —  they’re white rubber with yellow reflectors.  Rubber ages so much better than vinyl, and has greater resilience, too.  Arianna’s pedals need another good scrub, but they’ve still got almost all of their original texture.  They’re comfortable to use, and nice and grippy.

The fellows at the bike shop also ran a safety check on Arianna — that’s probably something I should have had a pro do before I began these adventures, considering my (considerable) level of ignorance of most things cycle.  Much to my great surprise and joy, one of the guys noticed that Arianna’s lights didn’t work — so he hooked them up. Whoo-hoo!

No pictures of the wonderful lights yet; I  need to rustle up some help, as the wheel must turn to make them shine.

For the first time in all the decades I’ve owned her, Arianna has working  lights, fore and aft!  It was thrilling to see those lights burning, and the generator set exactly the way it should be.

When the pedal disconnected, I took Arianna to the bike shop closest to the trail where she’d failed —  and it turned out to be a great choice.   Thanks, Exton Bicycles — what a treat to deal with people who care about my vintage wheels as much as I do!

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