Sunday, October 07, 2018

Sunday

I just couldn't get it together last night to write a post for today. I blame it on being the eve of the start of my holidays. Here is something anyway. Better late than never.

It is our building's annual bicycle audit. A small sticker is stuck to every bicycle and notices go up around the building to remove the sticker from your bike. Any bike that has a sticker left on it goes into storage and after a time is disposed of. Legal? I really don't know but the audit has happened for many years and I was involved setting it up, and there has never been a complaint.

I went down to the basement to remove the sticker from my bicycle to find someone had locked their bike to my bike. I wrote a note and taped it to her bicycle seat (it was a girl's bike) and it was soon unlocked from my bike and moved. There is a fixed pump in the room and I used it to pump up my tyres. I dunno about riding the bike. I am exhausted just pumping up the tyres. I was very conscious  of not straining my back. I found an old paint can to sit on while I learnt how the pump nozzle clamps onto the tyre valve. Eventually I understood.  A drop of chain oil and The Apollo will be all ready to go out into the fresh air. Whether it will go out or not is a moot point.

This is the bike room, a sectioned off area in the basement. Also in the basement is a storage area, where household items are stored before council collection, including abandoned bikes, and another area where there are water pressure boosting fire pumps, the fire  sprinkler system pump (how Grenfell Tower in London never had such a system, I do not know) and a basement drainage pump.

There is another bike room but it only holds about 20 bikes.


There's The Apollo, green and white, next to the car. The door to the left leads to the pump room.


Behind the metal doors is the storage area for other bits. You can see where I got the paint can from to sit on.


When we were painting the basement before it was turned into bicycle storage, the maybe six of us tried to chat as we were working, but the acoustics are so weird, we could not hear each other properly, so we gave up chatting and just painted.


25 comments:

  1. That is a LOT of bikes.
    We have two pushbikes here. One is at least fifty years old (and probably more). It was given to himself when he was a young thing (and was second-hand then). No gears. Back-pedal brakes. It is in woeful condition but he is not ready to relinquish it. The other is one he bought for himself last year and has ridden once.

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    1. I prefer back-pedal brakes, but have those other ones, hand brakes, with all the gears as well.

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    2. EC, yes, our neighbours are full of good intentions. Re Himself's bike, I wonder if back pedal braking bikes might return to fashion. They kind of worked.

      A bike is only woeful when it will no longer be rideable.

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    3. Yep River. I have noted sightings of you cycling around Adelaide.

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    4. All sightings are fake news.

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  2. I see that certain children park their cars there too. Do they get stickers?

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    1. Good question Cro. You made me think. I suspect not as they don't take up hook or stand space. The labels always leave a residue, so I will check the kiddie cars for stickiness.

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  3. I saw that little kids car too and I wondered if they got stickers like Cro Magnon mentioned.

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    1. Lady J, I don't think so, but I will try to remember to go and check.

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  4. That's a lot of bikes! Mine is in my recently-acquired garage, with flat tyres and gathering much dust. There's a few sots of rust on the handlebars too, from when it was in my back porch and rain got in through the shade cloth. I was thinking of getting new tyres for it soon, but yesterday my back blew itself up and now I'm thinking maybe not yet for a long while. Muscle spasm while watering potplants for a neighbour. A doctor might say on a scale of one to ten how would you rate the pain? And I would reply fifteen. Thank goodness I have left-over pain pills from last year's tooth infection.

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    1. Oh, I quite liked sots of rust. You have a new garage? For you non existent car? You've bought or rented storage space to fill with shit, starting with your bicycle which you won't be riding. Bike riding might be quite good for back pain. I reckon walking is at least.

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    2. Walking is good for back pain, but I'm currently having foot trouble so I think pedalling might be better, but first I need new tyres. The garage situation here is a bit weird. A quick explanation: if you wan a garage after previously not needing one, wait until an elderly person gets moved to a nursing home, their garage gets emptied and if you are first to put a padlock on the now empty garage, it is yours. Otherwise you could apply to housing and wait for one to be assigned to you, but by then everyone faster than you has snaffled any empty garage. Some people here have two or three with padlocks on them in spite of having only one car.
      Mine now hold all the excess that used to be in my back porch, that I still need (Christmas things) but don't need on a daily basis.

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    3. That is an interesting system of garage allocation. Did you get yours when you moved in or was it housing allocated later, or were you fast with a padlock?

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  5. "spots" not sots (*~*)

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  6. I wonder how many people have a bike rusting in their garage, not quite ready to give up the dream of riding carefree out into the great outdoors. I haven't ridden a bike since I finished high school three hundred years ago, but I do have a treadmill rusting in the garage 😀

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    1. Grace, you and half of Australia, I expect.

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  7. That is quite a room. Makes total sense for a High Rise.
    I rode my bike a lot in Florida when we lived there. Nice and flat. Here the hills are enough to give you a coronary!

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    1. Where's "here"?

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    2. Maribeth, the bike situation was very messy before the room was set up.

      Whimsy, Maribeth lives in New Hampshire.

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  8. It IS a lot of bikes! How many car spaces do you have in High Riser building? Is it a specified space? Lots of inner city places are moving towards no car spaces at all for some units.

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    1. Janine, many people don't have cars and the spaces are often rented out, mostly to other residents but at times to outsiders. Yes, the spaces are dedicated and on your property title. Some rough mental arithmetic, about 150 spaces for 128 apartments. Once I stop work, we will get rid of one car and have a tandem space with only one car, and that is not unusual here. I saw the other day that the area for development to be called Fishermans Bend, with have a car park formula of one car space for every two apartments. Truth be told, if it wasn't for my ageing mother living some distance away, it would be far more practical and cheaper to use taxis and share cars on the odd occasion when we need a car. Mostly we don't.

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  9. Andrew in lycra, a lycra clad highriser, never mind the Opera House, ads across the lycra back side. Oh Andrew, I really needed a laugh today.

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    1. Jah Teh, I think the photo of me that you saw in my Mardi Gras outfit was lycra, but I have never worn it since. I try to disguise my fat gut by appropriate shirts. I don't dress for cycling, if I can accurately remember back to when I did cycle as a wobbly cyclist. But let your imagination run riot.

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  10. What a great system, I think at least. I have an old very heavy bike I got off craigslist. I enjoy riding it but its a bit too big for me and I get frightened riding among cars, after two or three wrecks on bikes before. In town here, bikes are rare on the road except as used by those who can't drive like drug people or drunks who have lost their license.

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    1. Strayer, when I did ride a bit a few years ago, I was very cautious and really, I did not mix it with traffic at all.

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