What I’m up to right now…
On the photography front I’ve only really used three cameras in the last three months. Lumix GF1 for M42 lenses mostly, Lumix LX3 for black and white photography with its cracking little Leica lens, and my Sony Xperia for family snaps.
Though I have just picked up the tiny Sony DSC-L1 again in the last few days, and it’s again amazed me how such a small and humble (4MP) camera can be excellent to handle and give very impressive photographs.
After getting back into biking a couple of months ago with an ebike for my work commute, I’m coming to appreciate its no nonsense functionality. I’ve nicknamed it The Mule just because it’s steadily pulls me and whatever I need to transport to my destination time and time again without fuss, and usually at 13mph.
I also have an old Specialized Rockhopper as a fun off road hacker project bike…
I had stripped the derailleurs and shifters off and planned to use it as a single speed, but I’m thinking now maybe put the rear derailleur back on and just use the middle cog up front so it’s an 8 speed off roader.
I sold off the FSR I had that just wasn’t getting used and instead bought another Specialized, a Crossroads.
After a few rides, I’ve now added a rack, removed the full length mudguards (kept catching my foot on the front one) in place of a simple but effective plastic Crud Catcher on the downtube, removed the front derailleur, switched the cogs around so the big one is in the middle and the only one I use, so it’s a 7 speed. Changed the seat for a far more forgiving one, and fitted puncture guard Fat Frank tyres (brown with whitewall plus a reflective stripe for better road safety), so it’s a very comfortable ride, very relaxed. And about half the weight of my ebike.
I plan to use the Crossroads for countryside exploring and transportation to favourite photography haunts (which I’ve done plenty of already) and for commutes in the winter when it’s too cold and/or wet for the ebike.
What are you up to right now?
Updated Monday 29 Oct 2018
(The idea for this page came from the frequently inspiring Derek Sivers.)