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Posting fron the Road

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Checking out the new Word Press iPhone / iPod Touch app. This is my first on the road post from my iPod Touch.

I carried a laptop a few times on tours and hated it. In Croatia I tried posting at Internet Cafes but the different keyboard set up drove me crazy.

Posting from the iPod Touch isn’t as easy as my iMac but a lot nicer than carrying a laptop. This is hard to beat  for bike tours, a lot nicer than a netbook if you can find a WiFi connection. I love my iPod Touch my all time favorite computer.

In Boston maybe the worst bicycling city in the USA

Written by Roland

August 12, 2009 at 10:22 am

Longbikes Customer Service … Outstanding!!!

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Wow … I am impressed. I called last night because I need new idler mounting hardware after stripping off the TerraCycle Idlers. Greg Peek answered the phone and was so helpful … it was amazing. He is putting together a package of parts and shipping to me. This is outstanding support.

Most bike manufacturers are just interested in building and selling new bikes but Greg is addicted to excellence. He really takes the time to support existing customers. Kudos Greg!!!

Written by Roland

August 12, 2009 at 9:48 am

Terracycles-Longbikes-Slipstream-idler-kit

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9/7/09 Update: I have removed this kit from my bike. I just can’t stand the noise and don’t like the way it deflects the chain. From this latest picture I see that they may have changed the kit slightly  from the one I purchased. But I think that is the original picture and what they ship is slightly different.

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.

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Written by Roland

August 7, 2009 at 10:30 am

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