Almost rolled past

It’s not October yet, two days to go, so here is a quick post to acknowledge our September challenges.

The train obviously rolls. But then I got to thinking about it and wondered how come the train doesn’t just glide on the smooth tracks. Checked with Google and the friction created by the weight of the train enables the wheels to turn. But my question wasn’t so dumb because sometimes there isn’t enough friction, due to wetness for example, which is not good. There are solutions, one being spraying sand from a box in front of the wheels.

Now this is not original at all but they say copying is the highest form of flattery. So I imitated Rich’s idea with this t-shirt.

It’s not exactly a pet peeve but I found some examples at the local train station of what I think is such a sorry way to treat bicycles.

At the Gauting train station, many bikes haven’t seen any action for a long time.
Parked and forgotten
An interesting way to lock your bicycle
Given time nature will take over

I haven’t been back on my bicycle yet, so these shots are from my walks around town. I find this relatively boring, since I don’t get far on foot and am always walking the same streets. But it’s better than staying indoors all day. I hope to be back on my bike soon, and that it stops raining!

I'm a US born ex-pat, having lived most of my adult life in Munich, Germany. Cycling and photography are my favorite things.

3 response to "Almost rolled past"

  1. By: NancyG Posted: September 28, 2022

    Once again — educated on Cycle 365! Interesting learn about sand spraying from the front of the train onto the tracks.
    Those poor bikes are indeed sad. On our bike and barge trip to the Netherlands a few years ago we were in amazement of all the bikes. We were also quite saddened by the large number of them locked, abandoned and rusting along the canal and other places.
    Great photos of sad bikes.

    • By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 28, 2022

      It is good to remind ourselves how fortunate we are — 4 blocks and Im out in the countryside with little or no traffic and pretty good roads.

      In the Netherlands, Ive often wondered how they locate/find their bicycle among the hundreds parked in the racks.

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: September 28, 2022

    Good to see you are getting out whether on your bicycle or not just yet.
    Pretty amazing about the abandoned bicycles, and they look like pretty nice machines.

    Agreed that All Bikes Matter. Department store or super carbon fiber.

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