Monday, August 8, 2011

Finally, pics of my bike! (and some notes on female anatomy and saddles)

Ta-dah!!! Here she is!

That's my husband's bike in the background :-)

You'll have to forgive the quality of the photos; I took them in a hurry at Melbourne Central station with a camera that I'm unfamiliar with (borrowing my husband's while I try to figure out where my little one got to), so they're not as good as I'd normally like to take. But, I got to play with a different camera so that's always a good thing!

As you can see, it has the basket with the lining that I sewed for it a few weeks ago. Here it is from a different angle:

I also got a new seat for it about a week ago. I was finding that the seat which came with it was particularly uncomfortable when I leaned forward to go uphill. It basically came down to bunching of flesh in my groin. Not good. This seems to be caused by the fact that the original saddle rises slightly at the front:

My husband's seat: He has no problems with it (lucky person)
So when we went to the shop to get our bikes serviced, I asked about their selection of women's saddles and which might best deal with the issue. They recommended a saddle and suggested I try it. OH MY GOODNESS that thing was comfortable! I bought it on the spot. Here is a pic, for comparison:

The key differences are that this one is flatter, firmer, and has a "cut-out" in the centre of the seat, which you can't see from this angle. All in all, much more comfortable for a female body. There were, unfortuantely, a couple of trade-offs:

1) The tip of the seat isn't as tapered as the previous one, which will result in even greater wear on any pants that I have on while riding. This may be solved through thinner thighs (which I will hopefully get as I cycle more), but I may have to resign myself to cycling in cheaper, spare trousers until I find something even more suitable.

2) It's not as wide as my old saddle, which can theoretically be an issue given a woman's wider pelvis and the upright position of the bike. I haven't had any problems with it yet though (it's still a fair bit wider than a racing saddle), so I think it'll be fine.

I love my bike!

On a less fun note, it's time for me to go AWOL again. Full-time work plus a physics course plus a whole bunch of stuff I agreed to before I enrolled in said course is keeping me very busy and very tired, so I just can't guarantee I'll be able to blog regularly. I'll start blogging again weekly on September 5th, then see how I go until after exams.

Wish me luck!

Thursday, August 4, 2011

Phillip Island

Phillip Island is one of those places that you need to visit if you go to Victoria. It's where you'll find the Penguin Parade, for one thing! A bit further away from the penguin parade is a place called The Nobbies, or Seal Rock. I didn't see any seals, but here are a couple of pics I took with my awesome new camera:

Monday, August 1, 2011

Way to freak me out.

I don't mind someone saying that they recognise me from a bike trail that we both cycle on. I have an unusual bike, so it's not all that surprising that someone would take notice.

It's when this happens, followed by a bitching session about dog owners, telling me how you've accidentally struck dogs, and then telling me that you don't care any more when I express sympathy for the animal...

THAT is freaky and the kind of thing which makes me avoid you for the rest of all eternity.

Also, I'm seeing the cardiologist on the 4th to discuss my tachycardia. Hopefully she'll be happy to perform the procedure that'll get rid of it for good. Wish me luck!!!