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Crop Rotation…Bike Rotation

Every year when I plant my vegetable garden it is just a new experiment. It all started about 20 years go when I pushed a few seedlings into the moist ground and watered them…and to my surprise they grew. I’ve been hooked ever since. I try to do something new every year. This year I purposefully planted things closer than recommended to ward off weeds (I read an article that this supposedly works). I also did concious crop rotation (I say this toungue-and-cheek because my garden is very small). The past few days have been hot and sunny and as usual I am truly amazed at how things have visibly grown…the vine in the foreground growing up the wire cage is from yesterday…that’s when I placed the cage around the green bean plant. Amazing.

I also did a bit of bike rotating…I finally fixed the flat on my little Dahon folder and used it to do tons of errands today….logged about 20 miles and my truck stayed put. I can’t believe it has taken me something like 3 months to change the tire on this (mostly because I’ve been having so much fun on the Mundo). Anyhow, I went from riding my really long bike to my really short bike in a day…what a difference. If the Mundo is a bike version of a SUB then the folder is most definitely a sports car…I forgot how quick and zippy this thing is.

Best comment I’ve heard in a while: someone who often sees me on the Mundo saw me on the Dahon today and asked me if I washed my bike and it shrunk. That still brings a smile to my face.

Urban Simplicity.

Things That Can Be Carried On A Bike (#89)

Another bike.

Riding my Dahon folder yesterday I heard an odd clicking sound…a minute later the chain fell off the sprocket. Upon inspection I saw that a link had broken. I was going to fix it myself until I found out the bike shop would fix it for a little over ten bucks (new chain and all). And rather than walking it to the store I used the Yuba as a sort of tow truck…worked great. Received two comments along the way…..”What the?”….and, while stopping at a coffee shop on the way home, “that is f*#%ing awesome!”

Here’s the aforementioned chain.

Mini-Cargo Bike

I rode my Dahon today for the first time in a few months…it felt good. It was such an odd feeling after riding “the Mule” and the Yuba all winter. The Dahon, with it’s short wheel base and 20″ wheels, feels almost like a sports car (was I going thorough a mid-life crises when I purchased this bike?). Anyhow, like all the bikes I own, this one is fun to ride…and doing errands on them (with my bike rev trailer) is way more fun than in a car.