biking

Commuter Panniers

I have been biking into work for a while with a backpack. When I purchased my Raleigh commuter I also got a rack for the back. I had fully intended to get some panniers right away and see how they worked. It took me until July to get a set. I went to a few local bike shops looking for what …

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Looking for a commuter bike

I’ve been eyeing up different commuter bike options.  I have to say that there are a lot of options.   I think my criteria narrowed down to an upright position like a mountain bike but some features of a road bike.  Similar to a hybrid.  There are a lot of bikes out there labeled as commuters or urban bikes, however they seem …

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String Bike

I am looking at gathering up enough cash to replace my commuter bike this spring.  While I am a bit price sensitive, after reading this Wired article I think I could be convinced to spend some cash for this bike.   ARTICLE: www.wired.com/reviews/2012/02/stringbike/ The string bike is built in Hungary and the writer likens this bike to the Wankel engine.  I think …

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Indoor Cycling–Bar Racing

I saw this article from a group that I am a member of.  What a great idea.  Some old roller equipment and a low-tech speedometer.   What a great event to go to, I would love to watch this in a local GR environment. http://www.nytimes.com/2011/12/25/nyregion/cyclists-race-in-bars-going-nowhere-fast-spokes.html?_r=3 Here is a video of one of the final races.  Check out the speed they are turning …

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Great looking bikes

I’ve been looking at upgrading the old commuter and in the process of looking at some custom bikes ran across this site. http://www.cycleexif.com/ What a wonderful collection of some of the best looking bikes available.  The site is maintained by Adam Leddin.  Keep up the great work.

Listening to music while biking (part 2) – headphones and biking

Headphones while biking Since my last post I have been getting email and real life comments from people about using headphones while biking. So far my back of the napkin calculation is that it’s 60/40. 60% of those I talk to say it’s OK, and 40% are concerned. It is all over the map in regards why people are either for …

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New Bike and Driving privileges

After my bike breaking and having to fix the crank.  I had a chance to test drive a few new rides at my local bike shop.  (www.freewheelerbikeshop.com).  I probably should not have done that.  Now I am ready to make a change.  I realize that the bikes I have are great (1995 schwinn and a 2010 Fuji Road bike)  The Fuji …

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Where is your bike made?

This past summer I got a new road bike.  I chose a Fuji because of the price and the great ride.  I test rode quite a few bikes and this one just felt right.    After riding for a while and talking with many people I realized that there are not too many bike builders.  It sounds like many bikes are manufactured in …

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Broken Bike – Home Fix

Last week I finished riding home from work and noticed a bit of play in my pedal and crank.  When I took a closer look the pedal was not straight in the crank.   After a bit of work, I was able to get the pedal off to take a look.  At a first glance it looked like the pedal was …

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Listening to music while biking

  I’ve been commuting to work on my bike for a bit now.   I have about 7 miles to travel each direction on some busy roads.   During the commute I listen to music via my Motorola s10 headphones.      These allow me to keep my phone in my backpack and adjust anything via the controls on the device.    I …

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Bike Commuting Tools

I had a few setbacks on  commuting this week.  Over the weekend I let someone borrow my bike for a race here in GR.  During the race the chain broke.   Thankfully we were able to get them another bike in about 15 min.  I felt bad that the chain broke, especially since they were in the middle of a race. …

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Bike Commuting to Work

I have started biking into work again.  It has been enjoyable and an interesting adventure.   This time around I’m using my commuter, a converted mountain bike (Schwinn S9five6 – Purchased in 1995).    This is one of my favorite bikes, I’ve had a great amount of fun over the years with this bike.   In the last 5 years it …

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