April 20, 2017 03:09:00 pm

NSD - New Shoes Day!

My Merrell's served we quite well for several years, unfortunately the soles were worn out and things weren't looking too good at the heel area. Even though budget was tight my lovely wife felt it is time to retire those shoes and get a new pair, which I was hesitant to do as I have grown to love them and they have been through a lot with me. 

Considering that I wore the Merrell's all year round, through ice, mud and snow, they didn't look all that bad, I felt they could still last a couple more months. However while browsing through Sportschek we came across this particular pair (20% off $127)  and I felt comfortable wearing them right at the store, I also own a pair of Northface hiking boots and I could never feel comfy in them. The Salomon's fit like a glove, it felt light and the soles were flexible when walking yet sturdy enough when I pedal my bike.

Hoping they last as long as my old pair!

January 5, 2017 09:54:00 pm

My winter bike

I have decided not to continue my winter beater project, never liked how this bike felt and the twist shifter felt awkward for me. Figured that even if I wear out the components I could easily go back to Recycle Cycles and replace the parts. Also got the fender mounting screws and bolts from them and even though my bike had no mounting eyelets on the fork I was able to attach the fenders.

Also transferred the bar ends from the Horizon and it is quite nice specially when you're just cruising along. Switched tires to my Schwalbe Marathon Winters which I run at minimal psi when there's thick snow on the ground. I've been able to ride them at 35 psi on deep snow, higher than that and they just don't work as well.

To combat rust I've been spraying the drive train components with Rustoleum and so far things look promising, hopefully I'll get more life out of my parts before they need to be replaced.

December 5, 2016 10:26:00 pm

It's that time of the year again!

Winter is back... got Dora ready, Schwalbe studded tires installed, new cassette, new chain rings and new chain. Also replaced my derailleurs with used but hopefully better ones. Winter attire ready as well, snow helmet, balaclavas, really warm gloves, snow pants and snow shoes, and a ton of lights!

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September 7, 2016 06:02:00 pm

Winter beater project: Arashi Horizon

Another Kijiji find, lacks a seatpost, saddle, front derailleur and shifter cables. Brake pads might also need to be replaced, definitely replacing the tires with the marathon winters when winter arrives. Fixing shifters not a priority but I might as well if I still have the time, will drop by Recycle Cycles today to grab some parts.

August 17, 2016 01:59:00 am

Got hit by the Pokemon Go fever

Watched the shows when I was young and also played the games but I've never been as obsessed of a game as I am now! Basically combining gaming and my now favorite activity... cycling! Never did use my bike phone mount often but after this game I have it attached on  my commuter and use it pretty much daily to hunt pokemons and to visit pokestops.

And I'm not the only one, each day I see kids, teens and adults ride their bike while looking at their phone. Although I would advise that they really get a phone mount to be on the safe side. My lunch rides have now been pokelunch rides, I would head over to the gazebos near the Lion's Lagoon splash pad at Waterloo park where it seems most pokemon players converge and setup lures.

Even my wife who is normally limited to playing "candy crush" type games have been playing as well, I'm hoping for her health that she'll continue as it seems that this is a good way to convince her to ride her bike more. There are four stops in the park near our house and whenever she runs out of pokeballs we sometimes would take a stroll or she'd take her bike and hit all the stops.

The game itself is a poor imitation of the actual pokemon games, I think the EXP system is broken, you basically get 100xp for each pokemon you catch regardless of how difficult or how high their CP is. The only action your pokemon ever gets is when you fight in a gym, however they don't gain any CP increase you only get a measly amount of EXP if you win some fights. Would also love to be able to trade pokemons from other trainers, the technology is there and I think this wouldn't be that difficult to implement.


July 9, 2016 01:58:00 pm

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.

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