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Since moving to the boat, my bikes have not been stored in a manner befitting their status in my life. My Bike Friday Tikit has been a little better off, folded carefully each evening and stowed in the cockpit under the waterproof travel bag–thank goodness I bought that thing, even if it’s never been used to actually hold the bike.
My Surly was on deck under a bike cover that almost kept the water out. My saddle still became saturated and I bought a brooks cover for it, which for a while just kept the water in, but eventually saddle dried out enough for the cover to keep water out.
I was so embarrassed by these lowly forms of storage that I never took a picture of either one. I ride to work every day and no longer have a car of my own, so biking is my main form of transportation. Beats getting worked up driving and paying for a gym membership. I definitely don’t want my bikes rusting.
I was on a wait list for a bike locker, and the marina staff seemed to be having a hard time contacting people to see if they wanted one of the several available. A few days ago, after almost 4 months, I was offered a spot at the north end of the marina, with the promise that once one came available outside of our dock, they would transfer it. The Surly finally has a dry home.
And if you’ve ever wondered what the inside of one of those bike lockers looks like, now you know.
I don’t think I’ll be able to fit Lucille in there as well, even folded, but we’ll see. I won’t try until I get the closer locker. Chris found a better way to store Lucille for the moment, in our Dock Box. She just fits and stays very dry. I even leave my helmet in there to keep it from cluttering up the boat. So, bike storage managed! Finally.
President’s Day was beautiful with just the right amount of wind for a first sail. Many friends joined us and helped us.
Here’s a video by Chris that shows what she looks like under sail–we have 4 up, but she actually can use 5. There’s a sail called a Mule that goes on upside down from what you’re used to, from mast to mast to catch light winds.
Most everything down below stayed where it was supposed to be during the sail to Bainbridge Island and back. The deck is large enough for people to be out there while we’re sailing. At one point we got chilled by the wind, so then everyone–all 10 or so people–filed into the cockpit. It’s so different being on a large boat. I’m looking forward to further adventures.
Chris and I are running away from this wet weather for a weekend getaway. When I went to get our bags out from under our bed this morning, I found this:
Mildew!!! I’ve hated mildew since I went camping as a kid and our tents often smelled terrible. Luckily these don’t smell yet and I think I was able to clean it all off–we’ll find out for sure when they dry. Chris’ bag didn’t get any mildew and my travel bag only got a little, thank goodness. These are just a backpack I used in college and an Arkel Bug that I don’t use very often any more. It’s time I put them in storage.
Raven was previously moored in California and isn’t adapting well to our damp climate. I’m not sure that’s something we can fix, but we are certainly going to try. If you have any advice, please do comment.
On the commuting front, I’ve been riding Lucille to work exclusively, since I don’t have an easy storage solution for the Surly. That’s been working out fine, except that one of my tires is getting really worn. It was on the back, but I rotated it to the front the last time I had to change a flat. I also added a patch over a small crack that seemed to be picking up debris and causing the flats. Now the front has a slow leak and I really just need to get a new tire.
Today though, I decided to take the mile hike from sea level to the nearest bus stop. I don’t know the elevation, but I took this pano (click through for full size) from just over half way up the hill. It’s a nice little hike, although I won’t choose to do it in the dark.