Tuesday, April 7, 2009

Trip to Indy and Molly the Raleigh

This is the Hinkle Fieldhouse on the Butler University campus in Indianapolis - scene of the epic high school basketball battle featured in the movie "Hoosiers". This is a newer court floor and goals than in the movie. By the way, the Butler Bulldogs made it to the second round of the NCAA basketball tourney this year.

We visited several colleges this week for our daughter. Like a big dummy, I forgot my camera on all visits except this one to Butler. We stopped at Indiana University, home of the fixed gear classic "Little 500". The movie "Breaking Away" made in the 70's features the race and a group of "cutters". A great movie about bikes and coming of age. We saw many, many fixed gear bikes that I oogled over. We are planning another visit later this spring or early summer - will definately take my camera then.

This is the central canal in Indianapolis, on the edge of the Butler campus. For much of the way there is a trail at least on one side of the canal. This trail proceeds about two miles northeast from here and connects to the Monon Trail in Indy - a rail to trail project the city completed several years ago.

Being a canal freak, I had to take a picture of this canal. This canal was originally planned to go from Indianapolis all the way to Logansport - about 90 miles away. It only went 8 miles because the state of Indiana went bankrupt in the 1850's due to the cost to build and maintain the Wabash and Erie Canal.

Here's a photo of the Monon Trail in Broad Ripple - a village within Indianapolis. A cool place to stop and eat and get a brew (beer) or a brew (coffee).

Brief update on Molly the Raleigh - I got these bolts out but not after buggering one up pretty badly. With the rust on the crank arms, I may look for an inexpensive aluminum crank. If you are in a position where you need to get these bolts out of a crank - check out this blog for detailed instructructions: http://www.howtofixbikes.ca/2006/10/how-to-repair-3-piece-and-sealed.html. Scroll down to the typed instructions (no pictures for this style crank). Gerry's got a lot a great bike repair information.


Doohickie said...

If you need new pins, check the size, but these might work. I bought tires from them and they are great to work with.

Big Oak said...

Great - thanks! I'll measure the size, but that looks like the same style. I'll check out their tires also as the Raleigh's old tires are pretty well, er, "tired". Appreciate the help!