Evening Ride with Sophie

I took Sophie (my Peugeot bicycle) on an evening ride to get some fresh air and take a photo at my go-to bicycle photo location. It’s just a bridge along the bike path, but I’ve taken many photos of Mango (my Kona bicycle) there, so I needed to get an “official” photo of Sophie.

I think the picture turned out okay, but I am not too keen on the lighting, and also I should move the handlebar bag to the other side. I have some metal cable guides coming in the mail, so I will replace the black velcro straps.

Anyways, here’s the photo I took at the bridge:

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO160
“Sophie” Cedar Park, 2021

39-Year Hiatus

“Afternoon Ride” Cedar Park, 2021

My early-70s Peugeot bicycle is back on the road! I had to replace several parts and tune it up a bit, but I rode several kilometers on the bicycle and it was a lot of fun!

I admit to being nervous at the start, not because of the age of the bicycle nor my skills as a mechanic, but the geometry of the Peugeot is so different than my Kona that the vintage bicycle felt very twitchy and delicate. The general riding position is more aggressive and the handlebars are very narrow so any small movements you make affect the bike greatly. However, after riding for a few kilometers I was used to the bike again and enjoyed that responsiveness.

I still have a fair amount of work to do on the bicycle restoration, but I’m happy that she is road-worthy!

I hope you had a great day!

Small Window for a Bicycle Ride

“Cloudy Bicycle Ride” Cedar Park, 2021

It has been raining a lot the past couple of days, but today the storm paused for a few hours in the afternoon and I went out for a nice bicycle ride on Mango, my 2000 Kona Blast. It’s over 20 years old but it feels so modern as compared to my early 70s Peugeot that I am restoring.

It seems like I haven’t ridden the bicycle for a long time and I was worried that my legs would get tired soon, but I had plenty of energy and was able to power up the small hill near our house in a higher gear without much problem. I was also concerned that my neck would be sore because it has been bothering me for the previous week. I’m happy to say that I didn’t feel any discomfort in my neck. 😀

Also, I bought some new cycling gloves and they felt great! They are a vintage-style mesh fabric and leather style, and I bought them because this is the type of glove I wore when I rode my Peugeot bicycle from San Francisco to Los Angeles back in the 80s. These new ones have some padding which my old ones lacked so these are a lot more comfortable. In fact, I didn’t even notice them once while riding today which I suppose is a good thing.

Please enjoy the GoPro video I made of my bicycle ride if you have a few minutes. Have a great day!

Driving East Through West Texas

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/7.1, 1/1250 sec, ISO320
“Rain Ahead” Texas, 2021

For today’s portion of the drive home, I got out the GoPro Hero9 Black to record a “TimeWarp” video. I was treated to a little bit of rain and a good variety of clouds which made the drive a little bit more interesting. Please enjoy the video!

To Houston and Back

“On the Road” Texas, 2021

On the way back from Houston, I stopped by Banana Leaf to pick up some Malaysian food and also got some Mochinuts. Everything was delicious!

Photo info: FUJIFILM X-E4, 27mm, f/2.8, 1/100 sec, ISO1250
“Mochinuts” Cedar Park, 2021

I also set the GoPro on the dash and recorded a “TimeWarp” video of the drive home. The clouds look way better in the video than they did in real-life. I have the GoPro set to use its own color-profile, and I like the results very much!

I hope you had a great day! またね~