Monday November 6, 2006 Pete
both took a vacation day from our jobs to do a bike ride and also
work together on a Bally Old Chicago pinball machine. Pete had an
associate through work, we'll call him Tony, because that was his name.
Tony had been talking to Pete for a while about getting a pinball machine
for his finished basement. Tony even came over to my house one night
to look at the games I would consider selling. Tony really did want
any of the games I was willing to sell, but he was interested in my Old
Chicago game. I really didn't want to sell that game, so when Tony
asked how much I wanted for it I gave him a pretty high price. I
figured the high price would allow me to keep the game.
Well it turns out Pete found another
Old Chicago game from another pinball friend of ours, Carl. Carl had
a Old Chicago game in kind of rough shape he was willing to sell to Pete
for a reasonable price. The plan was for Pete and I to fix up the
game together and then split the profit once we sell it to Tony. We
really didn't make much money, but we had a good time hanging out together
working on the game. If you factor in the hours we put into the game
our hourly rate would actually be embarrassing. But, we certainly
didn't do it for the money, we did it for the self satisfaction of saving
an old worn out pinball machine and restoring it and bringing it back to
life. As part of this pinball project we needed to order some
replacement parts from Steve Young in New York. We figured if we
called in our order during lunch of our bike ride then the pinball project
could become part of the ride story. Enough of the pinball project,
I'll finish this subject after I write about the ride we did this day.
We started our ride mid-morning.
I know Pete likes to sleep in when he gets a chance so we didn't start out
too early on our vacation day. Pete had some business at the Post
Office, so we decided our first stop on this bike ride would be the Post
Office near the Library. We rode one of our regular routes toward
downtown Rochester and eventually the Post Office. Once we got there
I waited outside while Pete when in to take care of his business.
While I was waiting another guy rode up on his bike and parked it near me.
Before he went in he stopped to talk to me for a couple minutes.
This guy appeared to be a very serious bike rider. He had a nice
Trek road bike that had retrofitted for commuting. He had a medium
size saddle bag hanging from the handle bars. He also had larger
saddle bags on both sides of his rear tire. He had quite a bit of
storage. It looked like he rode his bike where ever he needed to go.
He seemed like a hard core bicyclist. One of our conversations was
about my hybrid bike, my Trek 7200. The serious biker was curious
how I liked this style of bike. I told him for the type and amount
of riding I do it was perfect. He was very curious about my air
horn. I showed him how I mounted it and the fact that it was
refillable. I could see the wheels spinning inside his head, this
guy could definitely appreciate the need for a loud horn. He also
looked at the Cateye light and speedometer I also have mounted to my
handle bars. He had the same speedometer and asked how it worked for
me. I told him I was very satisfied with both the light and
Shortly after the serious biker went
into the Post Office Pete returned and it was time to continue our ride.
On the way there we agreed to have lunch this day at our favorite place,
Hamlin Pub. So, our next destination was the Hamlin Pub for lunch.
It was close to lunch time and it would take us a few minutes to travel
the couple miles south we needed to go to reach the Pub. We stayed
on the sidewalk of Rochester Road all the way to Hamlin Road.
We brought our part supply list of
the parts we needed for the Old Chicago pinball game we were fixing.
Like I said above we planned to phone in our order from the Pub.
Pete used his cell phone to call Steve Young's place the Pinball Resource.
The line was busy every time Pete called. Pete tried two or three
times, but could never get through. Pete ended up having to
place the order later by the internet.
We ended up having a nice relaxing
lunch before the second half of our ride. On our way home we stopped
at the Home Depot on Avon Road. I can't remember what we needed at
the Home Depot, I just remember that we stopped there for something.
One more stop on the way home.
Pete had an idea to make a computer key board with grass growing out
around the keys as a joke for a friend. We stopped to scoop up some
hydro-seed that had been sprayed around the Vietnam Memorial just south of
Avon on Livernois. While Pete was getting his hydro-seed a guy came
walking over toward us. At first I thought this person was going to
ask Pete what he was doing and maybe ask us to leave. But, it turned
out to be this guy who seemed like he might be a little slow. He was
asking us about riding our bikes. He told us he was out of work on
disability. He said he wanted to ride a bike but his balance wasn't
too good anymore. I told him about a new style of bike out now
called flat footed bikes. I figured this would be a perfect bike for
someone like this. I doubt he ever checked into a flat footed bike,
I think he was lonely and he just wanted to make conversation with us.
He acted very interested in what I was telling him, I hoped he did get a
bike. I think bike riding is good for everyone.
After Pete got his hydro-seed we
headed home. We split up at our regular spot. I headed to my
house and Pete to his house. Pete drove over to my house a little
while later and we did spent some more time working on the Old Chicago
pinball game. The game ended up turning out great and Tony was very
happy with the finished product. I have to admit we did a nice job
and the game really played fantastic.
Following are the statistics from the ride, 17.1 miles
total, 22.5 max mph, 1 hour and 35 minutes time on bikes and 10.6 average