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Matts (1087)

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I work for MessageLabs [] in Toronto, ON, Canada. I write spam filters, MTA software, high performance network software, string matching algorithms, and other cool stuff mostly in Perl and C.

Journal of Matts (1087)

Monday March 27, 2006
09:00 AM

The Spring Cycle

[ #29114 ]

Having returned home from England to miserable weather it brightened up
        yesterday so I decided to take my bike out for a short ride - I needed
        the exercise and it would be good to combine my hobby with excercise.

        So I planned a simple route on google maps, didn't look far and took me
        past a lake and a river. Packed my camera and off I went. Took a wrong
        turn once - onto a road that just wasn't on google. Bah. But had a nice
        ride. Realised shortly into the ride that it probably wasn't such a
        "short" ride. I think it was about 25km. And I haven't cycled in over a

        I also got a puncture. This was a major downer as I had nobody to call
        to come and get me, and no spare, no pump, no repair kit. So I had to
        walk the remaining 3km home. And it got COLD as the sun went down, and
        while I was warm enough in just a t-shirt when I was cycling, walking
        was a different matter.

        Oh and my butt is still sore from the damn sadle. Why can't they invent
        a comfy bike seat? I have one of those gel covers, but I guess my body
        just isn't designed for sitting on a thin wedge of leather.

        Anyhow, upshot is I did get some fairly decent shots off. Which given
        that I'm heading to Boston just now, is good because I can post some
        this week. Here's the first - the Grand River at Fountain St Bridge
        looking toward Cambridge.


        All the pics this week will be unmodified. The colours were pretty good
        without going into PS :-)

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  • Have you tried a leather saddle?

    My father puts some serious miles on his bicycle, and has been happy with his leather saddle. They take a while to break it in, but in his words, "Instead of your ass conforming to the saddle, the saddle conforms to your ass".

    -- Douglas Hunter