|Beautiful clear air after much rain. The Tamagawa path. Air like a brick.|
It has been cool and wet recently in Tokyo, but today, just as I headed out for a mid-day spin, the sun shown through clouds, temperatures soared and humid air was like a brick. If this is what Risky Business is predicting for much of the world during much of the year 50~75 years from now, I don't like it at all.
But I needed to get in a decent ride. Two weekend "make up" classes for each of the two courses I have been teaching at Keio, and lots of rain, have kept me away from the bike far too much.
Also, I just did a major makeover of Voyage Voyage (the Ti Travel Bike to get it ready for Hokkaido 1200 -- finally moving over my Shimano 7800/6600/6700 and "Retroshift" components, redoing the bar tape, etc. I rode it to work on Thursday, made some significant Retroshifter adjustments, and was glad to find the adjustments worked and shifting is smooth. I can understand why Hiroshi does not like the Retroshift, but now that I have gotten used to them, I do not mind them at all. I think having large hands, which can envelope the shifters and brake lever, helps. I have no worries about shifting vs. braking -- it is easy to do both. And if I should ever break a cable, it will be easy to replace.
|Voyage Voyage is ready for the Hokkaido 1200. 2 x1 liter water bottles and tool kit in the 3rd bottle carrier.|
|Hydrangeas along the tank road|
|End of the (Tank) Road looking out to the NW|