Dress Up

How does that saying go? Dress for the job you want, not the job you have?

All dressed up

Of course, I don’t normally wear a tie. I have to consider that on any given day, the likely hood of me crawling underneath a desk to pull cables is pretty high, I don’t want my nice clothes to get all dusty.

 

Where I’ve Been

It appears I have not posted on this blog since August. I have been rather busy. Since August, I started a new semester at the Colorado School of Mines. After a torturous semester, I decided school was not in the current deck of cards for me.

Where am I at now? I have a decent, well-paying job doing tech support. It’s enjoyable.

I still ride my bike, though as of late I have not had a whole lot of time.

More posts to come as I do have some fun ideas for biking in Denver.

A Few Words on Sharrows

Sharrows? What are those funny things?

If you’ve ever driven through Denver, you probably have seen these funny looking things but have no idea what they really mean. Denver has been using these things for years. They’re not something new.

According to the Wikipedia article on “Shared lane marking“, the term sharrow is a combination of SHared lane and ARROW.

Sharrow + Handlebar
Sharrows on a Denver Street

Now these are relatively recent markings in the history of pavement markings. Sharrows really only serve two purposes:

  • Assist bicyclists with lateral lane positioning
  • Alert other road users to potential bicyclists on the road

A proper sharrow is placed far enough away from the curb as to encourage cyclists to ride out of door zones and in a more visible location on the road.

Sharrows on Sherman
Sharrows down Sherman St in Denver

In a recent San Francisco study, sharrows have been shown to encourage cyclists to ride further out into the road and away from the “door zone” of parked cars. Cars have also been shown to give cyclists a wider birth when they pass in the presence of sharrows.

So now, when you see a sharrow lining the city streets, you have a better idea of what those funny looking things that aren’t quite bicycle lanes are.

Washington, DC is an Awesome City!

Its been a long while since I last wrote something on the blog. I hope the three people who read it weren’t waiting in anticipation for something huge!

I thought I’d let everyone know about a recent little adventure Niki and I had to the capitol of our country.

Beware, there be tons of pictures in the rest of this post!

Continue reading Washington, DC is an Awesome City!

Car-Lite

Who would’ve thought a year ago I wouldn’t own a car? I certainly didn’t. I couldn’t comprehend how anyone could get by without a car.

Well, two days ago I sold my car. The 1988 Subaru RX. It was a great little car for the period I had it. The last couple months, it barely was driven. Just sat out on the side of Downing St looking very lonely. Yes, it had cars in front and behind it to keep company, but it wanted to be driven.

Note, I’m not completely car-free. Niki let’s me borrow her car. We actually have both our names on the insurance policy now (yikes! commitment!).

Also, I recently signed up for a car sharing program called Occasional Car. If you actually sign up now, you can even get a free membership. I haven’t used the service yet, though I plan to eventually. There’s a Toyota Yaris within walking distance from the apartment. Expect a review once I have a need for it.

Its amazing where one can go with relatively little effort using a bicycle and public transportation in Denver.

Bicycle Commute Myth 1: You Need Special Clothes

There are a number of myths perpetuated about bicycle commuting. Some people seem to think the idea of riding a bicycle to and from work is such a daunting task, what with all the preparation that is involved.

One common concern people have is that you need special clothing to ride a bicycle. This can be true if you have a long a commute. However, as I’m discovering, if your commute is short enough, say five miles or less, you really don’t need special clothing. I used to regularly commute to my work, which was 6.2 miles, by bicycle with blue jeans and a shirt, which would be normal work attire.

Today, I rode roughly three miles to a job thingy wearing business clothing: a dress shirt, dress pants and a tie. Apart from shoving the end of my tie into my shirt, this clothing choice was not a problem.

Worried about your pant leg getting all greased up? A pant leg strap, small bungee cord, or rubber band work well to keep the pant leg off the chain. Got none of that? Its also possible to just shove the end of the leg into your sock. (Thanks Nathan for pointing out that I missed that on facebook)

Worried about getting your work clothes all sweaty? You can commute in just some regular athletic clothing. Similar to what you would wear at a gym. While spandex clothing does have its usefulness on a bicycle, it just is not necessary for commuting.

Grand Canyon Trip

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