Well, hey all!
Some of the Lounge regulars saw my "happy story" yesterday about having a bike fixed for an amazingly affordable price!
For those who haven't seen it, look here:
And then member jDizzle went and asked for pics...as if he didn't believe me!
Well, today I got some pics. I'll post 'em and I also have two questions, one about the bike, and one about photography and biking, so heads up!
The Bike: it is a Huffy Stone Mountain 18-speed 26" mountain bike, and after being resurrected it handles very nicely for street biking as well! So, here are a few of just the bike ( apologize in advance if my processing on my cheap little laptop leaves something to be desired):
First thing was to pick up a new lock -- it dawned on me to show that so I did this crop of the above pic and it looks like I was focused on the garage door!:
Gears for the gear heads:
And so once I got the bike home I took it out on the street. Like I said, it handles nicely. But, I also noticed that when slowing down from cruising speed the front brakes act loud and cranky! This wasn't noticeable when riding around the parking lot at the repair shop and had no relation to the rear wheel damage, so I certainly don't blame the shop guy.
My question is, is there a way for me to fiddle with some kind of adjustment or something on the brakes, or will it just have to wait until I can get it back to the shop?
Biking and Photography!
Ok, now to get serious about all this!
Up until now I had been happy loading a ton of gear in my car when going out to shoot -- I have several camera bags of various sizes. I could then pick and choose depending on what I decided to do. Then, I could load one or two bags with one or two bodies and lenses and such. And, I also have a nice, somewhat hefty photography backpack that I often load for extended walkarounds/hikes and it holds either my tripod or my monopod, which is nice.
Here's the pack against the bike with the pick-and-choose support:
And the last pic, to give you an idea of scale, is the inside with my 1D3 with the 100-400 lens and the 1.4x TC attached, and to the side is my 16-35:
Okay, I'm definitely new to the idea of riding a bike to a photography destination! I look at the backpack and recall all the hikes, and wonder if trying that out on a bike would be a complete FAIL??!!
So, I'm asking you with some experience here, or maybe just an active brain, would I be crazy to even consider this load, at least until I am in good enough shape to go flyig all over any type of terrain without taking several spills an hour?
Opinions, experience, guffaws all welcome here -- after all this is the Lounge!
***************And Now, A Special Note!***************
First of all, we have now started a special dedicated photo sharing thread for those who are going to grab their cameras, hop on their bikes and get going and shooting! So, check out Bikography -- The Biking Photog In Action! and get yourself out there and be a biking photographer!
And -- it's been a couple weeks since I posted this and started this thread, and this thread has taken off, along with my enthusiasm for being a Biking Photographer!
As a result, I started a gallery in my PBase photo sharing site, The Biking Photog Gallery -- check it out!