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.

So a couple of weeks ago I received the set of Schwalbe Marathons I ordered through Amazon, after a bit of struggle I was able to finally install them and rode them for about 70 kms.

And then this happened!

I was pretty crossed and was literally stomping and cursing at the intersection after I heard a loud pop and saw the air that gives shape to my tires escape and I was forced to walk home. What helped me get through this rough patch is when I vented my frustration through reddit, there were a lot of theories as to what happened. Someone did say that the way it was shipped (bundled tightly into a small package) might have caused the issue and that I should contact Schwalbe for a possible manufacturers warranty claim.

So went to their website, took photos and explained what happened, I was contacted by Mark Read who was very understanding and in the end was kind enough to approve a replacement. Well today after several weeks I got the replacement tire, this day couldn't have been any better! I emailed Mark again to thank him and mentioned that my 3 kids will sure be hearing about this when it's time for them to purchase bike tires, they will hear about the reliability and awesomeness of Schwalbe. It's rare to find a company nowadays that not only produces quality products but also stands by them.

June 22, 2016 03:42:00 pm

June is Bike Month!

If you haven't logged your rides yet on TravelWise it is not too late, you can still log your rides for a chance to win awesome prices and help the environment!

June 22, 2016 03:33:00 pm

White lightning clean ride

For the past two years that I've been cycling I've always used Finish line dry and wet lube, after several users on Reddit suggest that I try white lightning I finally decided to get one when my dry lube ran out this morning.

Drove over to King St Cycles in downtown Waterloo, still a lot of construction going on but I was surprised at how busy they were. Applied this on my mountain bike and I'm amazed that when you rub your fingers to the chain that it is dry but when I tested the I don't get any mechanical noise so that means I guess that it is working, I'll have to see how much this holds up during a wet ride.

June 6, 2016 01:14:00 am

Schwalbe Marathon HS420

Like many I've installed and replaced many tires, the first time was hard but after that it gets easier. So when the Schwalbe Marathon HS420 that I ordered from Amazon arrived I figured I could get both tires installed in an hour or so, boy I was wrong.

Tried to install the front one first that took most of my evening but I managed to get it installed and had a short ride, with rain looming in the horizon I decided to just install the rear one the next morning.

So this morning I got the back wheel off and attempted the task of getting the marathons on. Massaged the tire till I have a quarter ways to go and the headache started, no matter how hard I tried to massage the darn thing it wouldn't go I kept worrying about pinch flats and how I have to start over again.

Tried using soap and lotion to try and loosen things up but still no dice. Went back to YouTube and found out I wasn't the only one having a hard time installing this particular set of tires. Saw someone else using zip ties, didn't have any of those around but I did remember I have a couple of bungee cords and thought that might work and to my amazement it did work! After wasting several hours of my morning that's all it needed, definitely gonna remember this trick. I think it actually worked better than the zip ties as I don't have to cut them off after I was done.

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