Swapmeet Free Pile Bike

With the exception of the wheel set, chain and pedals, everything else was from last Sunday’s Midwest Bicycle Swap. The sprocket was given to me and the rest was from the “free pile”. The original fork was tweaked. The fork I used was also from the free pile. The sprocket was bent so I straightened it and some of the teeth I had to file. I had the red front wheel but not a red rear wheel so I painted a rim and laced an old Bendix hub into it. I first used the original chain and got a mile from home and it broke. Walked it home and put on another chain and rode about a dozen miles with no other issues.

After the ride I messed around and made a lever actuated bell.

Our 8th Midwest Bicycle Swapmeet

This past Sunday was the 8th annual Midwest Bicycle Swapmeet here in town. The night prior we did our usual “garage ride” where we ride to ours and a couple other’s garages to socialize, look at and talk bikes. This year before the ride started we had a potluck dinner at the park. A pretty good turn-out and a lot of food.

I made a vegan jambalaya for the potluck dinner.

Photo courtesy our friend Teri.

Garage Ride group photo courtesy Paula G Photography.

Swap day was a beautiful day for a change. The weather the last couple of years haven’t been so great. We had a good turn-out.
I sold 3 bikes (2 grandkids and the Bike OF Frankenstein) a few parts and various bike related t-shirts I’d collected but never wore.

Below is some of what I brought home. A couple things were given to me, a few things I bought and others (including the cantilever Schwinn) came from the free pile.
In addition to the above I also brought home a couple kickstands, bells a fork and couple junk frames to hack up.

A few photos of the swap.

Lunch And Exploring

Yesterday I went riding in the big city where I thought I might be slightly protected from the 20+ mph wind. That turned out to be mostly true. There were a few times heading into the wind that the gusts nearly stopped me in my tracks. For lunch I had veggie fried rice from a new-to-me Chinese restaurant which was really good. I did some exploring which included an abandoned golf park. Also a stop along Gypsum Creek.

Foam Bicycle Art

Just wanted to share the awesome bike art that our friend Everett makes out of foam.

Schwinn DX I believe.

Elgin Bluebird.

Everett’s process for making them…
“I trace image from a projector and cut by hand using a small saw blade. Sand and paint using acrylic paint. It is very time consuming. I treat it as if I was working a puzzle and find a piece or two when I have time.”

Bicycle Patches On Messenger Bag

Over time I’ve aquired a few bicycle related patches. For years I’ve proudly displayed them inside this tin.

After my recent purchase of messenger bags I decided to place some of the patches on the one made from a recycled U.S. postal bag. After some quick Googling I decided to use E6000 to adhere the patches to the bag. Note: the Errandonnee patch is from one of the previous years that I did complete the challenge.

After applying glue to the patches and placing them on the bag I applied weight while the glue cured.

I’ve only carried the bad a couple of times now but so far so good. I didn’t apply patches to the right third of the bag to leave “Domestic” visible. I’m undecided whether to cover up the Timbuk2 logo.

Speaking of bags… while I recently had all of our duct tape out to make myself a new wallet I beefed up a ziplock bag that I use to hold various things that I carry in my messenger bag. Even though the bags I wear have many pockets for these various things, keeping them in the ziplock bag makes it easy for me to switch between the different bags. Some of the various things in the ziplock bag are napkins. hand wipes, aspirin, contact lenses, knife, lighter, velcro straps, innertube rubber bands and a pen.

Here’s a shot of my old wallet of 6+ years and the new one.

Opening Day For Trails

Yesterday we celebrated the Rails-To-Trails Conservancy’s Opening Day Of Trails with a ride on the near-by Prairie Sunset trail. We began in Wichita and rode 13 miles to the trails current end in the town of Garden Plain. The trail runs east and west and with the trees, bushes and sections where it’s dug in to the hillside, we were slightly protected from the 25 mph south wind. While in Garden Plain we stopped at the two bar & grills for lunch and beverages. At the second stop we really enjoyed our conversation with the owner which ranged from cars (while watching the Mecum auto auction on tv) to MAD magazine which we found out is still being printed. He even gave us hats. On the return ride we crossed paths with a friend who was also enjoying a ride on the trail.

Photo credit Nova.

Covered bridge on the trail.

The Stern Bar & Grill.

Lunch at The Stern.

Reading MAD magazine at The Other Place.

Free hats!

Words to live by.

“Bike on wood” photo for Bicycle Ride & Seek.

My Bike Buddy

A video tribute to my bike buddy. 29 years ago this spring we started dating and some of those first dates were bike rides.

Excuse my off-key singing and poor instrument skills.

Errandonnee 2017

It was with only 5 days left in the Chasing Mailboxes 2017 Errandonnee that I realized it had started and decided to participate. This challenge requires you to ride 12 errands from at least 7 of 9 categories totaling a minimum of 30 miles and only being able to use a category a max of 2 times. Thinking back to the previous week which fell within the Errandonnee date range I had ridden a few errands but did I have the photo proof? Well I did have video proof for 2 errands so I’m counting those. That left 10 more errand rides to get in the 5 days. I also hoped, as I have in the past, to ride a different bike for each errand. Will I complete this year’s challenge?


Date: March 20th
Category: Social Call – To a favorite restaurant/bar for some human interaction.
Miles: 13
Observation: On the way I also had lunch, did some shopping and observed a makeshift grave for what I assume was a dead animal in the trash sack. These gravel roads are littered with animal carcusess. I’ve seen dogs, deer, coyote and others.
Bike Ridden: Heavy-Duti


Date: March 23rd
Category: Personal Care – Rode just to be outside.
Miles: 7
Observation: Having been holed up in the house for the past couple days I started to feel like a prisoner in my own home being held captive by the wind. I decided to force myself out despite the 25mph wind. The beer was a prop for something else that I remembered I had in my bag after I had remembered I didn’t bring any water. Something interesting I observed (actually heard) was when I stopped to visit the cows as I often do, a mother protecting it’s calf made a growling noise at me.
Bike Ridden: Monarch Ratrod


Date: March 25th
Category: Store – to the store for something green for supper.
Miles: 2
Observation: Knowing this would probably be one of the shortest errands, I chose to ride the swing bike which I rarely ride. Riding the swing bike is just as fun as it ever was. I observed people observing me as I took this photo.
Bike Ridden: Swing Bike


Date: March 25th
Category: Non-store Errand – Chinese take-out.
Miles: 3
Observation: It’s probably good for me to ride Nova’s bikes every now and then to check for any issues with them. By my observations all seemed ok with her bike.
Bike Ridden: Nova’s Schwinn


Date: March 28th
Category: Entertainment – To the casino.
Miles: 16
Observation: I’m not big on gambling I mostly just enjoy observing the other people there.
Bike Ridden: Dumpster Bike


Date: March 29th
Category: Personal Business – To the post office.
Miles: 2
Observation: Less people out when it’s rainy therefore I observed less people gawking at me on the tall bike.
Bike Ridden: Tall Bike


Date: March 29th
Category: Store – To the grocery store for a red bell pepper and the dollar store for a t-shirt.
Miles: 2
Observation: Each time I visit the dollar store I observe the door that doesn’t close properly and lets the conditioned air escape outside. I can’t recall when it ever worked as it should. I don’t understand why they don’t get it fixed.
Bike Ridden: Electra New Belgium


Date: March 30th
Category: Social – To visit my parents.
Miles: 3
Observation: I took a couple of bags to discuss with my mother doing some embroidery and/or placing patches on them. Ate both breakfast and lunch while there. We generally alternate between our houses for visits/coffee but lately I’ve just been inviting myself over to theirs. I enjoy both their company and getting out of the house. I observed how my Dad is progressing since his recent surgery.
Bike Ridden: Tall Twenty


Date: March 30th
Category: Wildcard – To get video for a project.
Miles: 16
Observation: Along the way I observed an abandoned building that I’d photographed before had burned. I stopped to photograph it again.
Bike Ridden: Schwinn Typhoon

And the results…
Errands: 9
Categories: 7
Total Miles: 51
Bikes Ridden: 9

With a little creative paperwork I probably could have completed the challenge but that would have meant counting multiple errands that were just one ride and on the same bike which I didn’t want to do.
Oh well it was still fun and I hope to participate next year from the beginning.