November 15, 2017 05:54:00 pm

And so it has began... winter❄️ is here!

I was caught by surprise last week when winter gave us a preview of what's to come, my winter bike wasn't ready! I didn't have my studded tires install yet and had to commute that day and I had some sections where I can feel the tires losing traction, that didn't feel good. That tends to happen on areas where the bus have compacted that snow into ice almost.

Over the weekend I got my Schwalbe Marathon Winters installed, I'm really amazed at how well the tires were made, after several seasons they show little to no signs of wear. The studs looked rusty due to me storing them without drying them first. Also replaced the metal fenders and the 700c fenders that was on the rear. Someone on reddit suggest adding mud flaps to protect my chainrings and bb, I should have thought of that before, I had fenders on my main commuter before and always get mucky chainrings. I thought the fenders would be enough I never thought to add mud flaps.

Really looking forward to a safe and pleasant commute this winter  ❄️⛄️

Update Nov 16: got the mud flaps on, made it from neoprene cabinet liners and duct tape... and it does work! Was raining a bit last night and there were puddles everywhere, so I made sure to ride over those puddles and my shoes remained dry! Well there were a bit of water on the side but I figure I have to make the bottom part of the flap a little bit wider, I'll make sure to do that for version 2.0

October 1, 2017 05:19:00 am

SS Winter Commuter - Tundra T-2000

For this year instead of installing my Schwalbe Marathon Winters on my previous commuter, I plan to use this single speed bike I got off Kijiji. I'm hoping that the gearing would be enough for winter and that not having derailleurs would mean not having to worry about them breaking. The bike also seems lighter compared to my usual winter bike as it doesn't have the suspension forks in the front, no cassette, 2 less chain rings and no derailleurs.

I couldn't find any info about this bike online though, I'm guessing it must just be another BSO, only decals I could find where TUNDRA T-2000 Paul Mar cycle and Ishiwata CrMo.

September 2, 2017 01:24:00 pm

New Bike Day: GT Avalanche 2014

I waited several weeks for it to get marked down and finally riding season is almost over and finally got this one tax free! Original price at Sportchek was $719 down to $495, it's an older bike but the components are actually better than some of the newer bikes for half the price.
Hydroformed 6061 T6 Aluminum Frame, w/ Triple Triangle™
SR Suntour XCM Fork w/ 100mm Travel and a Hydraulic Lockout.
Shimano, Deore rear deraileur
Continental Race King Tires for great grip and durability
Promax Decipher Hydraulic Disc brakes , W/ 160mm Rotor for consistent and strong stopping power

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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