August 13th, 2012


My Sad, Sad Bike

I've been doing a fair bit of biking in the last few weeks -- on my actual bike instead of in the basement. Like, around a hundred miles of biking.

I bought this bicycle about nine years ago, for $35. It is worth approximately what I paid for it. The front handbrake doesn't work. The gel pad on the seat moves around and squishes out of a hole in the fabric at the back while I'm riding. It shifts into the two bottomost gears so clunkily that I've actually jerked to a stop more than once when shifting. It doesn't shift into top gear at all -- if I try, the chain comes off the rear gear entirely. The kickstand swivels around on its mount randomly, occasionally bumping into the pedals while I'm riding, and is no longer usable as a kickstand. I keep thinking "my bike needs some repair work" but honestly, what it probably needs is to be a new bike.

The most annoying thing about riding, though, is that there's something about the way I grip and/or lean against the handlebars that causes the tips of my ring and pinky fingers to go numb, especially on my left hand. The worst part is that they stay numb long after I get off the bike. As in "three days after a ride, the pads still feel a little not-quite-right." I think I'm pinching a nerve in my wrist, but I have no idea how or why, or if getting a different bike will help. My current bike does have the sort of "racing" design, where you're forced to hunch over the handlebars. I remember sitting up straighter on the bike I rode as a kid.

Anyway, I haven't looked into getting a new bike yet, but I should. Does anyone have any recommendations for bike features/styles/brands to look for or avoid, and why? Advice appreciated. :)

Tarot Stories: Call for Prompts!

Over the weekend, I finished the last of the prompts from my first call for tarot story prompts. That means I get to do a new call for prompts! Yay!

I bought a new tarot deck from djinni: Tod's Creatures Tarot. This deck is illustrated with adorable cartoon animals, and very different from the Silicon Dawn deck. For one thing, having most of the figures be cartoon animals makes many of the cards feel gender-neutral, which is neat. I'll be drawing from this deck for this round of prompts. I am curious to see what effect it'll have on the stories!

If you'd like to participate:

* Provide a question/question/situation. This can be the same kind of question you'd ask in tarot reading, or it can be any random concept that interests you.

Optionally, you may also provide:

* Character(s). You may supply your own original characters (or ask for particular ones of mine). No fanfic unless one of us holds the copyright, please..
* 1-3 cards. If you want to pick one or more specific cards, you may. I will be using the versions of the cards from Tod's Creatures Tarot regardless, though, because I like being able to hold the physical cards. I'll draw three cards at random if you don't have a preference.

Note: by prompting, you agree that any stories I write belong to me and I can publish them as I see fit. (You are still free to use anything you provided in your prompt for your own stories, of course.)

Thanks for participating!