Monday, September 7, 2009

Rattle Trap

I have a new bicycle! It's a vintage-y Schwinn, and I'm quite pleased with the way it makes getting around campus so much easier. I'm less pleased with how noisy it is, the gears clunk, and the brakes, as I discovered while going down a big hill, scream. People were looking around in anticipation of the big crash, because these brakes sound dangerous. I looked it up, and I doubt the brakes actually are dangerous, but it's sort of embarrassing. I'm going to have to ride through some mud and make them less slippery. I do love my bike though. I had forgotten how lovely it feels to just hop on and ride.
Still no internet in my room, I'm at the library. I remember having problems with my internet last year too, I just can't remember how I resolved them.
I may have to find a replacement job since my current job conflicts with rugby. It wouldn't be such a big deal, but I have to miss practice every Friday for class, and you can't play unless you attend at least three practices during the week. There's a preschool assistant job that's open, that fits nicely into my schedule, so I emailed my boss about it. We'll see I guess. I wish I was one of those girls who can casually play rugby, but I know I'm not. It's a way of life.


  1. If by "way of life" you mean "cult", then I agree with you completely.
    Still, I'm glad that you have something about which you are so passionate.

  2. For the bike, I recommend WD 40 and a bell for warning people you are coming. Ride safely.

  3. Do not put WD40 on your brakes. I cannot emphasize this enough.

  4. Well, no, not on the brakes themselves. On the brake levers and the rest of the bike that squeeks. (I bet you knew this).

  5. i don't think that will help. the brakes (the part that rubs against the wheel at least) feel like really old rubber erasers. they're very hard and smooth, and i read that sandpapering them might help. is that an ok idea?