Hello Bike commuters and fellow DIY bike mechanics! Yes, as much as I like my local bike shop, there are some repairs or upgrades that I am able to do myself. My Spicer CX had one weakness; its cantilever brakes. Even though I replaced them with new Avid Shortys, I still was not comfortable with their stopping power on a steep downhill.
So what did I do? Well, I went with V brakes instead. The process of installing V-brakes was pretty straight forward; the only issue I ran into was that I needed to replace the cable housing so it can run all the way to the brake noodle.
But there was a problem with my conversion; the brake levers from my Spicer CX are designed for short pull brakes and the V brakes that I installed are long pull brakes. I figured that I could get away with it by adjusting the tension on the brakes and having the pads really close to the rim. Well, I was wrong. The rear brake is OK, but the front brake was not grabbing.
I did what every respectable DIY mechanic would do: “I Googled it”. So Google came up with a little gadget called “Travel Agent” by Problem Solvers and since I had a problem to solve (pun intended) I ordered one of this shindigs online. Mind you, the travel agent was not cheap but braking is sort of important after all.
Installing the travel agent was pretty straight forward thanks to the video and the right tools. If you happen to work a lot on your bikes, I highly recommend the Park Tools Cable and housing cutter.
I did a quick test ride around the block and man, the travel agent works as advertised! I have now plenty of stopping power on my front brakes! In case you are wondering why I am making these changes to my bike, well, that is because I am training for the Strada Rossa V ride this coming March. More on that later on.
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Here is some of the stuff currently on my “wish list” and stuff that I bought:
I have 4 bikes and my Garmin 520 only came with 3 mounts so here is a deal for a Garmin Bike mount:
I have an affinity for bicycle bells and the Knog Oi has an interesting shape and sound, I may pull the trigger and buy one of these soon:
I recently bought these Kenda Kwest tires for my folding bike. These are really hard to find at bike shops but here they are if you need them:
I bought these leg warmers for the wife and she absolutely loves them:
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Greetings fellow riders! Today’s post is all about helping out less fortunate cyclists and try to make them safer. If you follow us on Facebook, we shared a video from “Goat Rides Bikes” explaining how he gives back to his community and makes cyclists safer by simply giving out a tail light and the “Smart Cycling Quick Guide” from The Bike League of American Cyclists. Here is the video in case you don’t do Facebook:
I really admire this person for spending money and taking his time to talk to less fortunate riders. A few years ago, the BikeCommuters.com and MtnBikeRiders.com crews used to go to downtown Santa Ana and we used so setup a “mobile bike repair shop”. We used to repair and clean a lot of bikes from the local homeless population, the majority of those bikes lacked brakes let alone having blinkies. We stopped going to Santa Ana because a Non profit community bicycle center known as The Bicycle Tree opened which helped a lot of these riders by helping riders fix their own bikes.
We have also seen a few “Firefly” operations setup by the Los Angeles County Bicycle Coalition, if you are not familiar with firefly operations, volunteers setup at different intersections and give away free rear and front blinkies to those who need them.
We also shared a “Rules of the Road Legal Clinic” event on our Facebook page hosted by “The Street Trust“. This a free intensive clinic concerning Oregon bicycle and pedestrian laws, insurance information, and what to do if youâ€™re in a crash.
Hello Bike Commuters, roadies and mountain bikers! 2018 has sneaked up on us so it is time to review my 2017 stats. You may know that I love gadgets and I am currently using a Garmin 520 and a Garmin VivoActive watch to keep track of all my activities. Nice thing about both gadgets is that they automatically sync to Strava so no need to waste cellphone battery! So here are the stats according to Strava:
As you can see, I came waaaaay short of my 2,000 mile goal for the year and a bit short of my 1,000 mile yearly average. But here is the thing, this year I focused more on riding tandem with my wife and also mountain biking. In fact, out of the 85 rides 15 rides were on the Tandem and 20 rides on the Mountain bike; both of these activities yield about 15 miles per trip. No biggie, I love spending time riding with my wife and also riding places where cars are not out to squash me. Also, more than 20 rides were on the stationary bike (yes, I do log those rides too) and those yield zero miles but helped me stay fit.
Sadly, my bike commuting miles really went down this year; roughly 50 miles were spent riding on my commuter bikes. My lack of commuting miles also affected the number of posts on this blog; after all this is a bike commuting blog! I did manage to ride different types of bike on the train; my Spicer CX, the Awnry Jackson and lastly the Giant Expressway folding bike. I found that riding the train with a folding bike is the way to go, just fold the bike and sit down!
So what are the goals for 2018? Ride more of course!