About five years ago I bought an Instep Hitchhiker, which looks somewhat like the one pictured, except it has a sissy bar, and the pedals are non-functional (and I locked them down so I don't drag them when I turn), and most of the chrome is rusty. So, ten year old rides behind on one of her two wheelers (the 20 inch Schwinn is her current fave) and five year old rides on the trailer, while I pedal my Huffy.
I tell you, the combo rides like a drunken three legged arthritic pig. It wobbles and bobbles, and I'm not sure if that's just a characteristic of all trailers like that, or my $5 Huffy. Forget no handed riding, it's nerve-wracking enough to ride one handed so I can signal (like a good example). The gearing grudgingly works, and getting through town takes me up and down the lowest ten gears.
Question for push bike mechanics, my front deraiiulluer only wants to stay on the lowest gear, when I move it to the middle sprocket, it slowly goes back to the lowest. Is there a tension adjustment I can make? My thumb is getting tired.
So, it's a nice family outing, we've rode by Porsche-family's house, over the expressway, through the park and to and from the school. Ten year old is still a little nervous in traffic, but she's learning. Five year old loves it, she says it;s just like riding a horse. Who knows, maybe the girls will turn into some of the spandex clad weirdos. It is a lot like physical therapy (for free) and it has helped my right knee a lot.
Mrs. Ha has yet to join us, maybe tonight.
Mrs Ha had a shower for Irish_girl yesterday, so I was able to get some easy wrenching in. I changed the oil in the Tercel, and now that I know where the oil pan bolt is, I won't have to use my redneck ramps for that. I was also able to kick start the Kz, I reckon all the pedaling I did got my legs in shape for that. Anyhow, I now need to get my bike inspected so I can start riding!
Props to the Toyota engineers, it was an easy oil change, the filter is just sticking out of the block, and easily accessible. Why can't domestic designers consider routine maintenance?
I had to celebrate by having a beer, and then having another one later that evening. I tell you, this drug free ( of OTC acetimenophen) life is great, I can have two beers at night without worrying too much about my liver.
In other drug and health news, the Plaquonil seems to be really helping with my arthritis, so much so that my energy is back and I'm tapering off on the Mobic. I should run that by my primary, but I would like to get off it, that's $45 a month I wouldn't have to spend.
Now that I have more energy, I want to something about our study, it's overflowing with Lego (including a nice batch my parents bought at a garage sale). I need to clean it up, sort more Lego, move more Lego downstairs, and maybe put up a gaming table.
Danger Will Robinson, lust!
In other biking news, I was chatting with a comely redhaired lass Friday about her ride (she was wearing a riding jacket and carrying a helmet, I deduced she had a motorcycle). She has a Ninjette, the Kawasaki Ninja 250, about the only highway capable 250 sold in the US, it tops 90 mph and gets 70 mpg. I want one (the bike).
I have mod points at /.
I just finished War of Nerves, a history of poison gas in warfare. Most of the book is dry, talking about how the Nazi's discovered nerve gas in WWII, and the troubles with making it in useful quantities, storing it and disposing of it. It does mention that Iraqi chemical engineers couldn't make very pure Sarin, which meant it degraded quickly, and had to be used well within a year of manufacturing. Unless they vastly increased their manufacturing skill, most of those weapons of mass destruction made in the early 90's were useless by the mid 90's.
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