30 Days of Biking 2018: Day Five

It’s April! That means 30 Days of Biking and biking every day and hopefully blogging about it each day.

Pixie insisted on facing non-drive-side (left) in my basket for the school run this morning. Not sure what it portends. Bike: Surly Big Dummy.

Lindsey was headed home to Seattle today so Kath set up a doughnut meetup for the local cargo bikers at the Blue Star Donuts by the train station. Lindsey graciously let me carry her four panniers, but about halfway there I got a flat tire. Now in the past I’ve been lax about keeping my tires adequately inflated which makes one susceptible to pinch flats, but I’ve gotten better! So the flat was a mystery. My tools were at home in my pannier…though in the rain and considering how slow I am at fixing flats (especially rear flats) I may not have tackled it myself even if tool-equipped. I gave Lindsey directions and walked my bike two blocks to the closest bike shop, A Better Cycle, where I learned what a street sweeper bristle looks like! Bike: Surly Straggler.

Tire-puncturing street sweeper bristle (on the white sheet, lower right corner)

All better:

It was pretty rainy at school pickup and I realized I need a mini umbrella for Pixie. And then my eight-year old came out with a delicate art project and I realized I also needed a box. Before I could figure out what to do he and a friend had set up a playdate at our house and since I didn’t have an extra helmet for the friend and we couldn’t walk like we usually do with my other kid’s hurt foot (not to mention it would be pretty miserable walking in the rain) I told the friend’s dad to wait five minutes and drive to our house…with the art project. Win-win!

April trips tracked on Strava
Today’s miles: 14.02
Total April miles: 128.34

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