Friday, May 15, 2009

Bike to Work Day, 2009!

My local 'start' point rally was across from White Flint Metro. I got my free t-shirt! :)

They had music, breakfast food, coffee, raffle for prizes every 10 minutes, and the final raffle was for a new bike. One of the sponsors who runs a bike shop had 2 electronic assist bikes for folk to try, he wanted our opinion. I really liked the one that had the 'BionX' electronic upgrade kit on it. I'll have to look into getting one and maybe installing on Julie's old Raleigh.
From those test-rides I also found out how NICE saddles with springs are! whoo boy! comfy! :) So now I'm pretty sure I'd like to save up for that Brooks saddle with the springs, the Flyer.

Anyway, from there I went south to Bethesda metro like I've done in the past. Then onto the Capital Crescent Trail for a beautiful ride into DC. From the end of the CC Trail, I had a bit of trouble finding my way to the Lincoln Memorial, but from there I went along the mall to the National Gallery of Art, then North a couple blocks to work. Wow! I did it!!!! 19 miles. I enjoyed EVERY mile! I'm going to have to do that again!

Wednesday, May 13, 2009

Novara Fly-By Product Recall

Dahon (manufacturer of the Novara Fly-by folding bike) has issued a product recall. So, I'll have to take my Fly-By into REI soon. Luckily, my old but upgraded Nishiki Meridian is serving me well.

Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Bike upgrade update

I finished installing the 8 speed Shimano Hub a couple weeks ago. I didn't find it very hard at all... but then most folk would say I'm rather mechanically minded.

So, how is it? Well... the gear range is great, 1st gear is as low as I need it for hills, and I don't think I've ever needed 7 or 8. I just don't prefer to go that fast. On the down side, the shifting is not quite as perfect as on my Novarra Fly-By. On the Novarra, I can shift literally whenever I want: at a stop, or even while grinding it up a hill. But on my Nishiki, it often just won't shift while I'm pedalling. I just have to stop pedalling, then restart, then it shifts fine. I consider this just a minor annoyance considering all the benefits. Overall, I'm very glad I undertook this upgrade. I learned how to build a wheel, and install an internally geared hub. :)

Next upgrade? I probably should replace those original tires with some quality Schwalbe's.