Archive for April 2006
Nice product, easy to install, keeps your hands clean and your chain out of a twist, what more could you want for $10.
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I was surprised to learn that almost every professional racing bike has a Dog Fang. Well what is a Dog Fang? It is a little piece mounted on the down stay by the smallest chain ring that prevents the chain from jumping off to the inside of the chain ring.
Well, if racers use them why don't bicycle tourists who have very small inner chain ring and big jumps between the middle and inner chain rings. In fact they do. My favorite bicycling authority Sheldon Brown from Harris Cyclery recommends the "N Gear Jump Stop". I have taken his advice and mounted them on my Slipstrean and Vanguard.
Sheldon says that you can now adjust the front derailleur for faster shifting and let the Jump Stop guide the chain onto the inner chain ring without worrying about chain jumping to the inside.
I am going back to Croatia again in August and made a great discovery. There is an inexpensive way to get to Dubrovnik (at least less expensive). I’m saving $600 by flying to Ireland and taking the 99 euro Aer Lingus shuttle to Dubrovnik. Plus I get to spend a night or two in Dublin, not bad. The best price on Orbitz is $1523 leaving from Boston with stops in Philadelphia and Franfurt. My fare with a stop in Dublin is about $800 with taxes using an American Airlines ticket I bought in January and the Aer Lingus Shuttle.
I know we don't like to think about road rash and other things that can happen. But it makes a lot of sense to be prepare. Most First Aid Kits are just too big to carry on a bike and not really made for what happens when you fall or if you are like me when you make roadside repairs.
The Adventure Medical Cycling/ Road Rash kit comes in a small waterproof bag that will slip into a bike bag and not steal all of the space. It certainly isn't complete but has what you need most often and is something you should keep with that multi-tool, patch kit and tire bars you carry.
They are on sale now at Cambria Bike for $5.95, just go to Road Rask Kit.
Have you been to Cambria Bike's Bargain Basement yet? They have a great deal on Avid Mechanical Disc Brakes and Levers. Yes they are '05 version but they are $69.95 instead of $119.95, 41% off ($139.95 at Nashbar).
How about a CATEYE HL-EL500 POWER OPTICUBE LIGHT for $32.95 instead of $42.95?($39.95 on Sale at Nashbar).
This looks like a good place to check before you buy bike parts and accessories.
You can find the Cambria Bike Bargain Basement at Cambria Bike then select Bargin Basement from Catagory Drop Down (note this is a new link as of 5/21/2006 old link no longer works).
My search for the best cycling sandal continues. When I called the folks at Harris Cyclery to return the Shimano Sandals they suggested Lake Sandals so I bought a pair.
They aren’t quite as nicely made as the Shimano Sandals and they have that same toe ridge on the sole that hurts my foot on the Schaminos. Plus the sole is quite curved and this effectlivey shortens the length of the sandal. If you buy a pair buy a size larger than normal. They have a toe bumper ridge on the front of the sandal and my big toe winds up sitting on top of the bumper ridge because of the curved sole. These sandals definitely don’t work for me but might work for you. They are lighter than the Schimanos and a good looking sandal.
See Shoes and Pedals for more posts on this topic
Update: 8/24/2007 – Garmin Maps – Big Price Increase
Update 4/15/2008 – Garmin Maps – Price Increase Continued
I can’t ride without a bike computer.It drives me crazy if I don’t know how the ride is going. I am also a map person and love to look at maps and visualize rides. But I’ve always been resistant to GPS receivers. I always felt I was good enough with maps that I didn’t need any other help. That was until I started following Adventure Cycling Routes.
Part of the reason I didn’t like GPS Receivers was because the first time I saw one was when I was riding through Newfoundland, the GPS only had base maps. I didn’t find that too useful on a bicycle. But things change and I am now hooked on riding with a GPS. I think it’s because the new Garmin’s are easy to love.
Why I Love My GPS
Ever try following an Adventure Cycling Route through New England. If you have you know how great it would be to have help following the route and not have to look at the map every few minutes.
The bars on a Longbikes Slipstream are a little different than a Ryan Vanguard and my trusty Blackburn 01001 Multi Mirror is blocked by my arm on the Slipstream. After a little searching I've found an acceptable replacement, the B&M Cyclestar Mirror at Hostel Shoppe for about $22. It not as big as the Blackburn but it has excellent optical qualities and is very nicely made. Be sure to buy the long version, the short isn't long enough to clear my arm.
The picture show both mounting methods available for the Cyclestar Mirror. The little knobby thing sticking out of the bar end is a mounting know that comes with the mirror. However, that position didn't work for me my arm was still in the way. I found that the mounting strap shown gave me the best visibility. The mirror is smaller than I like but works.
If you have two long wheelbase recumbents, you know that moving them around isn't easy. The familiy call my solution "The Crane".
The first thing that strikes you about the Slipstream is how solid and nicely made this bike is. It has a much sturdier and finished appearance than a Ryan Vanguard. The stays are bigger and hardware has a very nice machine shop look to it. The folks from Longbikes use the expression "Hand Made not Home Made" to describe the difference.