Beginning my commute

I purchased a bike today so that I can start commuting to work. I am pretty stoked to start being able to leave the truck parked. Tired of using gas when I don’t need to and it will help me stay in shape. I packed it in the car and then realized that I should just ride it home. So I did and it was awesome. It has been awhile since I have ridden a bike though let alone ridden one very far. I was feeling it but I can’t wait to do it again. I think I have found my route so I’m excited to try it during the morning to see how it feels with a little heavier traffic.

The bike I ended up going with is a Specialized Sirrus. I got the base model and I am waiting to get the fenders, rack, paniers, and shoes until after we get our tax refund (counting a few of my chickens before they hatch). I also got a helmet and a lock. I don’t know that I need a helmet but considering the expense ($40) it could potentially save me a lot more. As I heard in “Alien vs. Predator” tonight “It’s like a condom – I rather have it and not need it than need it and not have it.”

So far I’m really pleased with my choice. The geometry is so comfortable and even the saddle is comfortable. Which is saying a lot for a bike seat the first time out on it. I love the position that you ride. It is somewhat upright but you don’t feel like you are on a cruiser. I’ll write again after my first commute and let you know how it goes. I’m sure I will probably have to shower twice a day for the first month or two but if I keep at it I should overcome that need. I’m hoping I can ride it at least for 3 of the four seasons almost daily. Noble effort but I know I will be very thankful if I can make it happen.
More later.
Specialized Sirrus

Slicing Gauge

My first attempt at making my own tool was inspired by the Q&A section of Fine Woodworking #189. It was relatively easy but took some time to get the right fit between the head and the sliding bar. Since I am left handed I made it for me so it will probably appear backwards to most of you “rightys”. Here are the pictures.