N+1-1 (+1)

Okay, that complicated looking formula is about bicycles. I’ve decided to do some commuting on a pushbike. Not every day, at least not at first – it is 40km each way – so not really something I can just hit up without any practice. My initial plan is to ride to a nearby train station, take the take to work, then ride from the station to work. On the way home, when I don’t need to rush as much, I ride all the way.

Then as I get better and have a better idea of what it’s like, the route and timings I can ride both ways. I’ve also signed up for an Opal card, the electronic card recently introduced for buses/trains etc here in Sydney, as that lets me take the bike for free on the train. (In peak periods, you normally have to pay for the bike). The train shouldn’t be too busy as once again, I am headed the opposite way to most traffic.

But the heavy Boulder I have (along with the Trance) is not really suited to this task. I needed a road bike.

I’ve just picked up this

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It’s a Giant Cross City 1 Disc. Basically a road bike, with flat bars and disc brakes. Also has carbon forks and I think the seat post too.

So that’s N+1. But to fit it into the garage, I needed to get rid of on other bike…. sorry Boulder, the decision between a hard tail $500 bike or a dual suspension $2000 bike was pretty easy. Sold it in less than a day, so N-1. (where N is the number of bicycles you have, apparently N+1 is the optimum number of bicycles – sounds like a great rule for motorcycles too)

The (+1) is that I also bought a larger 24″ bike, without coaster brakes for my eldest, so that the little one can move up to the other 20″ bike from her little toddler bike. Miss 8 gets 7 speed and no coaster brakes, and Miss 6 now has 3 speeds. It’s amazing how far the two girls have come – they only learned to ride about 10 days ago.

Black Friday Sales

I don’t usually pay any attention to these US based sales. Don’t really know what it is – something like an online version of Aussie Boxing Day sales.

But in the as the last few hours of Europe/US Friday fade away – I was made aware that MotoGP’s official website was joining in.

For 1Euro, you get the off season pass, that’s full multiscreen, multi view, HD (720) access to all races since 1992. Valid until March 13 when the 2016 season starts, its a great way to keep watching some fantastic racing over the off season. It also gives you a really cheap way to check out how it all works.

And then I may be more interested in buying the normal season pass which is more like 150Euros. That’s probably their motivation but for $1.50ish, who cares. Its years of racing for nothing.

MotoGP website