Monday, December 27, 2010

Announcing My Approach (Third Alternative)





I have tried "on your left!" I've tried the gentle, yet insistent, ding ding from my brass "incredi-bell". This White Industries 16t freewheel is my third alternative method for announcing my approach. It is very possible that my former setup was too quiet. I rather enjoyed tooling along in almost complete silence. But I surprised people, whether with my "ding! ding!" or my "on your left!" probably because my ninja-silence caught them unawares. They'll hear me coming now, boy! And if they don't notice the freewheel, I can add on an "on your left!" along with a "ding! ding! ding!" and some furious backpedaling, which raises the pitch. I may miss the quiet sometimes. But possibly the ninja silence was inappropriate for the bike path. Except, you know, when I had ninja business to take care of.

May never be this clean again, ever

When I shot the video, I noticed I had done a decent job of cleaning up around the freewheel, so I took this shot, to remind myself what it looks like when semi-clean. A couple miles of canal dust will fix that up quickly. But that sealed bearing should keep it out, at least. Get up. Go ride.

8 comments:

  1. Ummmmm, yes, that noise should definitely alert anyone that you are approaching. :)

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  2. Fourth Alternative: Send a couple of robotic velociraptors running ahead of you to clear the path.

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  3. A jogger with earphones will only hear that if he/she happens to stream it off YouTube as you rde up behind.

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  4. That is some serious freewheel noise, although, after a while I bet you won't even notice.

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  5. JK I tried it out today, and it seems to work!

    Ted, you've started the wheels in motion. Heaven only knows what will come of that suggestion...

    Steve, perhaps I could inject my own packet stream into their feed and interpose my own video into their mobile mediascape?

    RTP, the microphone was pretty close, and it was a quiet room. Outside it is much less noticeable, although still pretty distinctive.

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  6. Now THAT is a hub!
    I mean freewheel.

    Hark! here commeth JRA!
    Time to get outta the way!

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  7. That is really loud! I often sneak up on pedestrians unintentionally, too, by being too quiet. And I have gears. Sadly, apparently nothing can overcome the fact that most people don't pay attention to anything going on around them.

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  8. Apertome, I have concluded that paths belong to peds, in the sense that I understand that a person walking has an expectation that if they choose to walk along wearing headphones and/or iTubeFaceTexting such that they are totally oblivious to their surroundings, or even just have entered a meditative state such they are floating along in la-la land (or are unaware of their surrounding for whatever reason or whim), they will not be run over by a bicycle. Or if I can help it, not even startled by one. So I have recently started playing a game I call the slow ninja follow-pass, where I slow down drastically and try to sneak past them without being perceived at all, like the wind. It's harder when there's a group of them, though. Yesterday a little boy saw what I was up to, and he was the only one, everybody else was strolling along texting and chatting and blocking the path, but he saw me almost track standing behind them I was going so slow, and he crouched down and did his best Bruce Lee imitation right at me. It was incredibly funny. You haven't been really failed as a bicycle ninja until you've been bested by a three year old Bruce Lee.

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