Scratch race

“Where’s everybody going?”

Calendar, schmalendar: Herself got out yesterday for her first bike ride of 2021, so it must be spring.

It wasn’t definitively springlike here in the Duke City — but still, arm warmers and knickers beat long sleeves and tights for the first week of March.

Miss Mia Sopaipilla did not join us. She prefers her indoor exercise apparatus.

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15 Responses to “Scratch race”

  1. Charley Says:

    I like the cat perch! Unique

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      We have two of those little deals. Mia likes to jump on ’em and claw the hell out of ’em. She also has two tall cat towers, one at the sliding glass doors leading to the patio and another in the living-room picture window. From the second she alerted us to a young fox playing in the yard the other night. I missed the photo, dammit; little sucker took off on me before I could preserve the moment in pictures.

  2. khal spencer Says:

    Was in the sixties up here. Nicest day of the year!

  3. JD Says:

    Looks like Miss Mia likes to ride the sine wave of flow!!! 🙂

  4. Shawn Says:

    They design those so the wavelength is equal to the cat’s length and a combined +/- amplitude of the length of a cat’s tail. I don’t know anybody yet who has been successful in confirming this.

    • JD Says:

      Geeesh, Shawn …. …and here I thought there was a pi times r-squared function and regression algorithm used to get the “purr”fect pedestal. 🙂

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      Cats, like other fluids, take on the shape of whatever container they pour themselves into.

      • JD Says:

        True there, PO’G. So can we; but unlike many of us, cats can also fluidly and painlessly extricate themselves from those shapes. Ouch!!! That hurt!!!! 🙂

  5. Herb from Michigan Says:

    Here in the Mitten State the temp smacked up against 60 degrees. Despite a fierce wind, Old Herb saddled up and made his maiden bike ride in “21”. It felt good to be tired later in the PM for a good reason but I held off from napping in order to wipe down the Rivendell, charge up the safety lights and throw on an old Brooks saddle I’ve had for eons. Bet I’ll take it back off after one ride too.

    • Patrick O'Grady Says:

      I reinstalled fenders on the Soma Saga. You know, just in case. Anything to avoid riding indoors.

    • Pat O’Brien Says:

      I won’t take that bet, because Herb, ole buddy, you would win. Nothin wrong with a Brooks saddle that a gallon of lanolin and two years of beating with a ball peen hammer wouldn’t cure. Who the hell has time for that? Riders got on the rivet not because they were tired. It was because they could stand the beating that saddle doled out.

      • Herb from Michigan Says:

        I don’t know what I was thinking. There is history behind those two leather saddles sitting in my workshop the past 35+ years. Painful history. For some reason I figured since my body has morphed into old age it wouldn’t know the difference. Sitting more upright these days, I’m not happy with my various attempts at saddle heaven. So I’ll give the B-17 one more chance at hauling my sorry ass around. Maybe I should wrap the B-17 in six inches of bubble wrap like the guy I saw this past summer on the bike path. He was busy fishing so I couldn’t ask him if he made snap, crackle pop sounds when he rode down the path.

      • Patrick O'Grady Says:

        Herb, have you tried any of the Ergon saddles? I have an SMC4-M gel model on my townie and it’s not bad. Otherwise it’s mostly Selle Italia Flites around here.

        I find some WTBs are OK. But some are very much not.

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