National Amateur Press Association
Monthly Bundle Sample, Boxwooder 354, p.2
The Washington Post has been constructing a large printing plant
in Berwyn on my riding route. I had guessed, since they will
obviously be using huge quantities of paper, that they would
install a railroad siding, and they have lately begun to do so.
I have been checking its very slow progress on every ride. So far
no rail has been laid, they have simply been preparing the base
for it. My observation point is on the pedestrian railroad
overpass about 200 yards from the action. This is the same
platform from which I supervised the construction of the Metro
Green Line which runs parallel to and close-beside the
double-tracked railroad at this point.
The battery on my odometer failed at 4919 miles. Had to take the
odometer off the handlebar to get the battery out and left
it dangling with its wire entangled in the spokes. Then rolled the
bike and broke the toothpick size wire. (A perfect way to turn a
five-minute job into an hour's aggravation.) After installing a new
battery, I discovered that the fine wire was a two conductor cable.
The inner strands were covered with an insulator and the outer
strands, along with the inner insulator were covered by an outer
insulator. This made rejoining the wires a mite difficult, but I
think I managed it. I happened to have some heat shrink tubing
that I put around each conductor after joining and soldering them.
Unbelievably, I was able to find the user's manual for the odometer
so that I could reset the wheel circumference and choose miles
instead of the default kilometers.
Then tried to find a dust cap for one of my pedals by going from
store to store. The dust caps are always getting lost and no store
carries them as stock, but sometimes one will have strays in their
repair areas. Finally located one that almost fit. I filed it
down a bit and forced it in the socket. I just hope it stays. If
there is no dust cap, the beatings are exposed and will collect
dirt and wear out quickly.