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January 20, 2006


I would at this point mention that my bike has another pucture, but it's getting boring now so I won't…

Anyway, the other week (before my bike got the puncture) I got home – knackered as usual – and thought to myself, "I hate cycling to campus…" because it is a fair amount of effort. So I got on thinking of alternatives, the most obvious being walking; it wasn't long before I decided the 1/3 journey time definately made cycling the alternative to walking, not the other way round. Plus my feet always ache, and I really don't like walking…

So that was two ways down. There's no bus service to speak of between my house and campus, so next I thought: driving. This would work, apart from the fact I don't have a car. However, after being stuck in traffic a few times I'd no doubt end up thinking "I hate driving to campus…". The next logical step after that is not driving, but being driven. This, however, is still not perfect. First there's the fact that you really have to work to their schedule, and then there's the leeching…

It was about this point that I came to the conclusing that it's not that I dislike being at home (I don't – it's great) and it's not that I dislike being on campus (I don't – it's great), it's travelling between the two that I don't like. So the perfect form of transport would be some sort of teleportation device or a TARDIS. Unfortunately, due to several problems making frequent use of the word "fiction", this leaves my with either cycling or walking…

October 24, 2005

Close, but no banana

Apparently, on a gentle down–hill slope, I can cycle up to 20mph. At least that's what the digital speed sign on University Road said last night…

October 17, 2005

It's all very confusing…

Follow-up to Dammit from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

It seems to have inflated easily enough, so it doesn't appear to be a puncture. I'm sure it was fine when I left campus, though…


Follow-up to Bicycle Puncture II: The Revenge! from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

I've got another blasted flat tyre…

September 28, 2005

Bicycle Puncture II: The Revenge!

When we were doing–up my bike the last time, we found tyres that were more resistant to punctures (toughened, or something) and inner tubes that were supposed to plug–up punctures using the slime they have inside.
On Monday night I got a puncture, and on Tuesday morning I had a flat tyre…
This was made more annoying by the fact I had my first lecture of the term at 9 o'clock the next morning. I think it was probably because it was a metal screw; large and not particularly supple, and apparently too much for the tyre.
So I walked in on Tuesday morning, and got a taxi home Tuesday evening (I'm lazy). This morning I decided to have a look at the tyre in the hour I'd set aside for walking to my lecture; it's a 45 minute walk or a 15 minute cycle. As it turns out, the slime seems to have worked; I managed to inflate the tyre long enough to get to campus. There's still a slow bubbling (because of the slime) through a small hole but I'm hoping that the air pressure and centripetal force will help to plug it up…

April 26, 2005

First lecture of the term

Cycling in the rain is not that nice…

February 05, 2005

The joys of cycling in the rain…

Um… nope, can't think of any. Never mind…

January 19, 2005

The merits of a good breakfast

It's amazing how much harder it is to cycle if you haven't had anything decent to eat.

January 08, 2005

Never avoid food shopping when you're hungry…

Follow-up to Never go food shopping when you're hungry… from The randomness of tomorrow, today!

I decided, since it was late, I wasn't going to call at Tesco on my way home; I was just going to go straight home.

I left Tesco with a big bag of clementines and 3 strawberry fruit corners.

On a related topic, cycling uphill against a strong wind with a large bag of clementines and a heavy laptop on your back is not easy.

November 29, 2004

Wet brakes

Accelerating down a hill on a bike while braking can’t be a good thing…

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