Tuesday, February 20, 2007

The Mortal Class...

Hey there, many of you probably don't know me but the guys call me Hasty. I'm a regular at the bike shop. In fact, I spend so much time there that the boys finally put me to work. I gotta say I'm glad they did. So now I'm making deliveries on my days off. I love it, gets me out of the house and lets me put some good base miles on the legs.

Two years ago, if you had told me I'd be working part time as a bike courier, I'd have said you were insane. Just the idea of cycling to the end of my street was a chore, weaving in and out of traffic in a high stress environment and really racking up miles was beyond comprehension.

Amazing what happens when you make a few major lifestyle changes.

This is a good way to pass the time on my days off when I don't have anything else going on. It really isn't much different than anything I do now, just a good chance to get some nice training miles in. Which is pretty cool in my opinion. It reinforces just how much I do enjoy riding. One thing I do know is that I need to get a quicker lock. The chain is heavy and the cable is a bit on the cumbersome side. Should probably look into the streetcuffs. Those are pretty quick.
Ended up doing just under 20 miles yesterday. When I plotted it out on the G-Maps Pedometer, it was amazing just how sporadic the travel was. As an aside, the G-Maps Pedometer is an awesome little program. Especially if you like to track your mileage (like I do), but don't have a computer on your bike. I haven't put one on the Fixed gear, and so far I like it that way. Although sometimes it would be nice to know how fast I'm going, since I'm a bit of a techno-weenie that way.

As you can see, I was kind of all over the place...

One thing I do have to say, I wish I was either independently wealthy... or that the courier gig paid enough to live the lifestyle I have grown accustomed to. It was incredibly fun today. Can't wait for my next day off so I can do it some more.


Bernie said...

That bike looks mean... I love that picture. It's possibly one of the least attractive views there is of DTFW, but the perspective looking up the hill is awesome.

Hasty! said...

Just think of how much better it would look with Brown Deep-V's and matching Surly Jim Brown hubs!