Tuesday, June 17, 2014

VTO? Okay!

Last Friday I wanted to replace the chain and sprockets on the Tiger, but I was struggling to get the counter sprocket off so I called up my bestest buddy Polar Bear and asked for help. He brought his impact driver, but my little compressor just wasn't up for the task, this was going to take brute force. With a breaker bar, an extension pipe and some muscle it came loose! Never let fear and common sense stand in your way. We fiddled and finessed the adjusters until we felt it was straight and snugged everything up. Thanks Andy, she rides like a new bike!

He mentioned he wanted to swing by the bicycle shop, I'm always up for checking out bikes so we hopped on our Tigers and rode downtown. We ambled through one bicycle shop, then another, and another and then another. I've been looking for a new bike for a couple of years now, but just couldn't find the right one... until now. The second shop we strolled into, there she was, all alone in the back storage room. Since it was the end of the day and we were in full motorcycle gear, I told the bike guy I'd come back Saturday for a test ride.

Needless to say, Trobairitz and I both took our new bikes out for a tootle on Sunday.

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It is a bit slow at work, so management implemented voluntary time off (VTO). Monday morning they went through the list of employees in each department, asking if anyone wanted to take the day off. It wasn't long before half the crew went home for the day, then that afternoon they went through the rest of the list asking us if we wanted Tuesday off.

I wouldn't have to get up early, the weather forecast predicted decent weather and I have several projects at home that I could get started on.

Or...  I could go for a ride.


Guess who still has several projects at home?

Bald Hill is just out our back door, and within a half hour of heading out this morning I was texting Brandy from the top. A text was my best option as I was too out of breath to talk over the phone.


Overlooking Philomath
It was a bit cool and overcast, but I was plenty warm and I certainly appreciated the cooler temperature.

Corvallis below
Switchback on the way up

Obligatory "backsisde of handlebar" shot








Obligatory flower shot with the handlebar backside.


I met and talked with a couple of other riders who recommended some other trails to check out. 

So off I went.... then my camera battery died.




 It was a great ride and sure beats loading trucks all day, I may have to call in sick Thursday ;)



- Troubadour on a Trek

18 comments:

  1. Now you must learn all the "secret" trails in Mac forest. :)

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    1. Yes, yes I must, but go easy on me.

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  2. So, things are slow....they ask you to take off, with pay?

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    1. We are allowed to use a vacation day if we want, but that gets to become habit.

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  3. You will be hooked in no time! ;)

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  4. Nice bike and you even got the bell! (Should be required equipment!)

    Nice views from the top. What kind of bike, or more specifically, what size wheels?

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    1. I took the bell off my old bike, I just wish riders would use them well in advance rather than startling pedestrians like me.

      It is a TREK X-Caliber 6 with 29ers, and she rolls, oh, so wonderfully.

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    2. I thought they looked larger than usual!

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  5. Troubadour:

    for a brief moment after looking at the photo of your new bike, I was dreaming of dusting mine off and going for a ride . . . (then I snapped out of it) Not as high teck as yours but I also have front shocks. I need to install the electric assist option

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. You should dust off your bike and go for a ride, I dusted off our beach cruisers tonight and went round the block just for fun.

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  6. Troubadour:

    I wished I could get some VTO

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast

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    1. I believe you took VTO last year when you ran out of vacation time, didn't you?

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  7. I'd take some VTO as well, never had the option in all my years. In spare doses, I'd get very use to it.

    Nice place to ride Brad!

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    1. VTO is nice to have once in a while, but it doesn't pay well and it can become habit.

      Thanks, we love this area.

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  8. I am a big fan of VTO, alas no such thing happening in Germany. They rather make you sit in the office until you die a slow death out of boredom.

    Great bike. Trek has a very good reputation in Germany. Congrats to the newest addition to your stable.

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  9. Sweet bike. We all need some VTO once in a while. And we ALL need a friend like Polar Bear!

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