Saturday, July 9

An Ode to the Car Honker

Originally posted by /u/jnish on Reddit, I don't get honked at very often but I can still relate.

Dear honker, thank you for being my safety advocate:

Your first honk woke me from my reverie of the quiet countryside.
I thank you for bringing my mind back to focus.

Your second honk made me consider; perhaps you thought I hadn’t heard.
I thank you for being thoughtful of the deaf and hard of hearing.

Your third honk reminded me; we all should communicate on the road.
I thank you for the notice; I waved to let you know I heard.

Your fourth honk made me think; perhaps you didn’t know what to do.
I thank you for being unashamed; I showed the lane for you to pass.

Your fifth honk worried me; perhaps something was wrong.
I thank you for the concern; I slowed to see if a thing had fallen.

Your sixth honk made me ponder; perhaps you’d like to chat.
I thank you for the opportunity; I stopped to greet my neighbor.

Your seventh honk was accompanied by a throatful proclamation as you passed:
“Get off the road asshole; you want me to hit you?”

I thank you for the concern; I agree we need bicycle lanes.
It is nice to know that my fellow road users have my safety on their mind.
But alas, I cannot get off the road until there’s a path for me to take.
In the meantime, we shall continue this delightful dialogue.

Your eighth honk was a farewell.
I thank you for the meeting, and I waved godspeed to thee.

Wednesday, June 22

Schwalbe Tires, the only tires I will ever buy!

So a couple of weeks ago I received the set of Schwalbe Marathons I ordered through Amazon, after a bit of struggle I was able to finally install them and rode them for about 70 kms.


And then this happened!


I was pretty crossed and was literally stomping and cursing at the intersection after I heard a loud pop and saw the air that gives shape to my tires escape and I was forced to walk home. What helped me get through this rough patch is when I vented my frustration through reddit, there were a lot of theories as to what happened. Someone did say that the way it was shipped (bundled tightly into a small package) might have caused the issue and that I should contact Schwalbe for a possible manufacturers warranty claim.

So went to their website, took photos and explained what happened, I was contacted by Mark Read who was very understanding and in the end was kind enough to approve a replacement. Well today after several weeks I got the replacement tire, this day couldn't have been any better! I emailed Mark again to thank him and mentioned that my 3 kids will sure be hearing about this when it's time for them to purchase bike tires, they will hear about the reliability and awesomeness of Schwalbe. It's rare to find a company nowadays that not only produces quality products but also stands by them.



June is Bike Month!

If you haven't logged your rides yet on TravelWise it is not too late, you can still log your rides for a chance to win awesome prices and help the environment!


http://www.sustainablewaterlooregion.ca/wp-content/uploads/2015/06/Bike-Month-Poster.pdf


White lightning clean ride

For the past two years that I've been cycling I've always used Finish line dry and wet lube, after several users on Reddit suggest that I try white lightning I finally decided to get one when my dry lube ran out this morning.

Drove over to King St Cycles in downtown Waterloo, still a lot of construction going on but I was surprised at how busy they were. Applied this on my mountain bike and I'm amazed that when you rub your fingers to the chain that it is dry but when I tested the I don't get any mechanical noise so that means I guess that it is working, I'll have to see how much this holds up during a wet ride.


Sunday, June 5

Schwalbe Marathon HS420

Like many I've installed and replaced many tires, the first time was hard but after that it gets easier. So when the Schwalbe Marathon HS420 that I ordered from Amazon arrived I figured I could get both tires installed in an hour or so, boy I was wrong.



Tried to install the front one first that took most of my evening but I managed to get it installed and had a short ride, with rain looming in the horizon I decided to just install the rear one the next morning.

So this morning I got the back wheel off and attempted the task of getting the marathons on. Massaged the tire till I have a quarter ways to go and the headache started, no matter how hard I tried to massage the darn thing it wouldn't go I kept worrying about pinch flats and how I have to start over again.



Tried using soap and lotion to try and loosen things up but still no dice. Went back to YouTube and found out I wasn't the only one having a hard time installing this particular set of tires. Saw someone else using zip ties, didn't have any of those around but I did remember I have a couple of bungee cords and thought that might work and to my amazement it did work! After wasting several hours of my morning that's all it needed, definitely gonna remember this trick. I think it actually worked better than the zip ties as I don't have to cut them off after I was done.




Monday, April 18

NBD: 2014 Marin Bobcat Trail 29er

So I wasn't really planning on getting a new bike that day but this just seemed like a good deal to pass, and I loved the bike when I rode it. It felt very aggressive and I really loved the style, the components on the bike were pretty nice as well. Hydraulic brakes, mostly Shimano components, better than the ones on the commuter bike I was hoping to purchase at Mec.

This was a 2014 model had a bit of scratches here and there but that didn't take away from the awesome riding experience that it provided. I named him Bob and I'm hoping we could have a lot of adventures together and who knows maybe even visit the Hydrocut :)



2014 Marin Bobcat Trail 29er


It also came with free fox gloves and some bike safety kit which were basically rubbish.


I wasn't the only one who got to bring home something from Guelph, my wife found an antique looking coffee table made by Heirloom of Canada Ltd. Which I found out later was the same company that made the double deck bed for my kids (Crate Designs).


Thursday, April 14

RAD Cycle Bike Adjustable Repair Stand

A good repair stand is definitely a worthwhile investment if you have a lot of bikes or if you work on bikes. When I first got started into cycling I got a bike stand about the same price as this one but it sucked, it relied on huge rubber bands to keep the bike secured and eventually those broke rending the stand useless.

So this is basically an early Christmas present according to my wife, really love that it had a magnetic tray so no more missing screws. There is also an adjustable holder for the handlebar so your wheel doesn't sway when you're working on it. I'm totally happy with this stand and could definitely recommend it to others on a budget like me looking of a reliable and stable bike stand.

Here are some of the other features of this bike repair stand:

  • Maximum capacity of 66lbs/30kg
  • Telescoping stand adjusts from 41" to 75"
  • Clamps hold tight but won't damage your bike's finish
  • Adjustable handlebar rod stabilizes the front wheel
  • Super easy setup and assembly


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