Glad to hear you are back on the bike Owen.I got the all clear from the doctors about my leg, so did 30 mins on the turbo trainer today, alternating between low speed spinning and a couple of high intensity bouts.
Amazing how fast ones fitness drops off when off the bike for a short time.
Still, will get back into it and get back up to speed.
Cheers Doug mate.Glad to hear you are back on the bike Owen.
Sorry to be the one to break this to you. You get what you pay for (unless you steal). A decent quality slimline 15 mm spanner, or ideally a proper pedal wench, is a good investment. Your knuckles will retain much more of their skin this way....f*ck you, 100yen spanners, just, f*ck you.
Aaaahh... I do have proper tools, it's just that.. they're back in Ishikawa. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to replicate my toolset here in Tokyo, but it seems unavoidable now.. On to hunt a proper spanner tomorrow!Sorry to be the one to break this to you. You get what you pay for (unless you steal). A decent quality slimline 15 mm spanner, or ideally a proper pedal wench, is a good investment. Your knuckles will retain much more of their skin this way.
I've got lots of spanners, all kinds, I can build you a spanner if you need itAaaahh... I do have proper tools, it's just that.. they're back in Ishikawa. I was hoping that I wouldn't have to replicate my toolset here in Tokyo, but it seems unavoidable now.. On to hunt a proper spanner tomorrow!
...and to back this up;
Can I help you mate?
What do you need doing on your bike?
Thanks people, I really appreciate it! It's just that I didn't plan ahead of time, and now I'm in a pinch (moving out early on Saturday). Going to get some throwaway spanner today to use it just once. 何とかなるわ。I've got lots of spanners, all kinds, I can build you a spanner if you need it
I'm in Shinjuku if you need something :bike:
I know the guys here in my area that run the local volunteer fire dept, after the big quake last year, which did not much effect Tokyo, really, we all talked about various things, one topic was quite revealing. They all understood that if a big quake hit Tokyo, like what hit up North, even forgetting the tsunami (we are quite far from the sea) we would be completely on our own for at least 3-5 days, possibly 7-10 days. No outside help would come, we would have to fend for ourselves. This is quite a change in the way these guys think. It started with the big quake in Kobe, how badly the response went there, and after the March 11th quake, this idea that we would have only ourselves to depend on is not fully taken hold. I think it is a good thing, I think it would be the reality.On the expressways, probably not, but for other emergency-only roads I wonder if bikes would be allowed?
The National Police Agency and the Tokyo metropolitan government have released a plan to avert traffic chaos in the event that a major earthquake hits Tokyo and the Kanto region.
The plan calls for a network of access roads reserved for emergency vehicles in the event of a magnitude 7 earthquake striking the capital. Non-emergency vehicles will be banned from using 1,770 kilometers of road in Tokyo and the 10 prefectures of Kanagawa, Chiba, Saitama, Ibaraki, Tochigi, Gunma, Yamanashi, Nagano, Shizuoka and Aichi, Fuji TV reported.
Only vehicles belonging to the police, fire department and the Self-Defense Forces will be allowed to use the designated six major highways and 46 other routes.
Experts believe that in the event of an earthquake occurring in or near the capital, reliable access to the most densely populated areas of the city will be essential in the first hours. Access roads for emergency workers will help them to extinguish fires, treat the injured and free people trapped by rubble much faster.
The NPA said the plan is in response to the massive congestion that followed the March 11 earthquake when millions of people in Tokyo were unable to get home. Trains stopped running, while expressways and streets quickly became jampacked.
The routes include those providing access to and from all of Tokyo’s 23 wards and the Tomei Expressway to Gotemba Junction, from Mikkabi Junction to the Okazaki Interchange, the Tohoku Expressway and the Nasu Interchange. It will also include the New Tomei Expressway to Gotemba Junction, and the road from the Chuo Expressway from the Suwa Interchange, among others.
My work may not be the prettiest, but it works!Thanks people, I really appreciate it! It's just that I didn't plan ahead of time, and now I'm in a pinch (moving out early on Saturday). Going to get some throwaway spanner today to use it just once. 何とかなるわ。
...Ah, I can't believe I just passed up on an offer for a custom-made spanner from none other than expert craftsman Stu himself!
Based on the current weather forecast for Machida and Gotemba for Sunday, Jayves and I will do my long but slow brevet training ride (Machida - Enoshima - Odawara - Gotemba - Fujiyoshida - Sagamiko/Takao - Machida) on Sunday, 3/11 starting around 06:00 in the morning from the official brevet starting point.I am busy on the brevet day, but give me a heads-up when you plan to do the training ride ~ I might be up for it too. (Though five months off the bike with an ouchy knee might hinder my progress somewhat.)