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TerraCycle’s Longbikes Slipstream Idler Kit

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5/12/09 Update: I can’t recommend this idler kit for the Slipstream. I have done a bit of riding with them now and have to say I am not impressed. The concept is good but the reality is increased noise and an idler that doesn’t seem to follow the chain line very well. This is an expensive upgrade without significant benefits.

TerraCycle offers a Longbikes Slipstream Idler Kit that looks very nicely made. It replaces the rubber idlers seen on most recumbents with coged idlers that have high quality bearings. TerraCycle claims that the better idlers provide improved efficiency and quieter operation. This improvement is not inexpensive, $154 for the kit.

I agree with TerraCycle’s explanation of why good quality idlers are important but I am not sure how noticeable the improvement will be for most riders. I have ordered a Kit and will document my experience.

The kit is not easy to find at the TerraCycle web site, the link above will save you time finding it.

(more description of the kit and TerraCycle’s explanation of why high quality idlers are important follow)

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Written by Roland

March 31, 2008 at 7:19 am

Bicycling Awareness

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Great Bicyling awareness video from the UK. I would love to see something like this appearing in the US

Written by Roland

March 30, 2008 at 3:50 am

Patagonia Web Sale – Save 30 – 60%

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The Patagonia Web sales are not as good as the Outlet Sales but they are alot easier to get to. You can check out the lates sale at Patagonia Web Specials. Check out the Rain Shadow Jacket at 50% off ($74.50), this is a nice cycling and off-bike rain jacket.

Written by Roland

March 27, 2008 at 1:05 pm

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How to remove Shimano HollowTech II Cranks

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I have my new shorter cranks but so far haven’t been able to get the Shimano HollowTech II cranks that I am replacing off. Every time I start this job I find that I am missing another tool. Here’s a nice set of instructions with a tool list so you won’t have the same problem.


Just be sure you have all of the tools they list as required before you start.

I have removed mine and it was as simple as the video shows once I had the tool to remove the caps. This is a beautifully designed set of cranks that is extremely easy to work on. I just wish they came in shorter lengths for recumbent riders.

Thanks to the folks at  enduro fork seals .com for a very nice set of instructions. 

Written by Roland

March 25, 2008 at 12:06 am

Posted in Cranks and BBs

Portland Bike Boxes

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Check out what Protland has done for bicyclists … bike boxes in the road. This is amazing and innovative. Cheers to Portland!!!

You have just sealed that ranking as number 1 bicycling city in North America for me.

Written by Roland

March 24, 2008 at 10:19 am

Hobobikers from Northwest Territories to Panama

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I met Randy and Nancy in front of our local supper market about dusk. They were looking for a place to stay and spent the night with us. 

Here’s the latest update from the amazing Randy and Nancy:

Hello to all from the Hobobikers!

We’re about halfway on our trip now! We’ve cycled almost 10,000 miles (16,000 kilometers) now since we started out June 9, 2006 at Inuvik, Northwest territories, Canada.

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Written by Roland

March 24, 2008 at 10:06 am

Hot Buy – Light Rain/Cool Weather Tights

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In light rain and often in the morning, I like to wear breathable tights not rain pants. Campmor is having a nice sale on Hind DryLite Tights,  $29.96 ($50 List).

I have several pairs of Hind Tights and think they are very nice and a great buy. These tights are a little tighter than my favorites but a great buy and hard to beat if you like tights.

Written by Roland

March 21, 2008 at 1:48 pm

Posted in Clothing, Hot Buys